Vaal Preview – 18 April


Vaal, 18.04.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R110.000, 13:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive opener. POTJIE just needed his last run and could open his account. ARABIAN SUMMER and ONE OF OUR OWN are carded to race before this – both are capable. Update the form. LAND OF THE BRAVE was gelded after his debut run – watch. LION KING needs to put it in. Respect money for first-timers especially SUCCESSION and APACHE TOO.


#1 Potjie, #8 Arabian Sniper, #2 One Of Our Own, #13 Succession

Vaal, 18.04.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R110.000, 13:55GMT+2

Race Summary: This is a weak field and NOTQUITETHEREYET should be there this time. MY ELUSIVE drops in trip but could get into the fight for honours. AU REVOIR did better in blinkers and could make the money. DARING DAMSEL needed her last outing and could feature here. TICKTACKTOE tries blinkers again and with THE GREAT QUEEN, JENGA and COMMANCHE SIOUX could earn. Watch reserve INVISIBLE.


#2 Notquitethereyet, #1 My Elusive, #3 Au Revoir, #5 Daring Damsel

Vaal, 18.04.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R110.000, 14:30GMT+2

Race Summary: ALYAASAAT lost his form but has a chance to regain his confidence in this Assessment Plate. BASILIUS is not well in but is running well and should get into the trifecta. REACH FOR THE LINE has ability but could be short a run. LAKE KINNERET comes off a rest but could get into money.


#1 Alyaasaat, #2 Basilius, #5 Reach For The Line, #3 Lake Kinneret

Vaal, 18.04.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R103.000, 15:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Open. WALNUT DASH has ran a close 2nd in her last 2 and could go one better. STEADY WAY gives start but is still maturing and could feature. SAMARRA is holding form and should be thereabouts again. Likewise SERENDIPITY could give another honest performance. MOVIE AWARD and FORTUNA DORO could get into the money.


#8 Walnut Dash, #4 Steady Way, #1 Samarra, #9 Serendipity

Vaal, 18.04.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R124.000, 15:40GMT+2

Race Summary: PALACE CHAPEL is unbeaten this course and distance and could make it a hat-trick here. Likewise DANZA last won this track and trip beating Mardi Gras who has franked the form. TORRE DEL ORO should be at peak fitness and could make up the deficit on PALACE CHAPEL being 2,5kg better off. CLEVER GUY has an obvious chance if confirms form. More could get into the mix.


#1 Palace Chapel, #5 Danza, #10 Torre Del Oro, #2 Clever Guy

Vaal, 18.04.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R109.000, 16:15GMT+2

Race Summary: BOLD COAST won full of running last time when sporting blinkers and could follow up. LIFE IS GOOD is running close up and shouldn’t be far back again. TARSUS won his only try this course and distance and could double up. CERTIFIABLE is in form and could go in again. Look for improvement from CHANGING SEASONS. VARIMAX could take home money. SUGOI needs to confirm.


#1 Bold Coast, #2 Life Is Good, #4 Tarsus, #5 Certifiable

Vaal, 18.04.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R103.000, 16:50GMT+2

Race Summary: DALAI’S PROMISE finished half a length behind MADEMOISELLE last time but was bumped at the start and could turn it around. Good race. MEMPHIS BELLE has ability but needs to go on with it. MISS KHALIFA needed her last run and could find form again. CLAREMORRIS, TANA’S EAGLE and FARARANGA could get into the money.


#1 Dalai’s Promise, #6 Mademoiselle, #2 Memphis Belle, #4 Miss Khalifa

Vaal, 18.04.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R81.000, 17:25GMT+2

Race Summary: Wide open. MOON WARRIOR is holding form and could chalk up his 3rd victory. REBEL RENEGADE is never far back and with LE TIGRE, SEVENTH SON as well as HEYWOT should be on top of MOON WARRIOR on collateral  form. In a big field a lot depends on luck in running. HEAR THE TRUMPET and OTTAWA are more for the short list.


#3 Moon Warrior, #5 Rebel Renegade, #10 Le Tigre, #8 Heywot

Best Win: #1 ALYAASAAT

Best Value Bet: #8 WALNUT DASH

Best Longshot: #8 WALNUT DASH

Author: Melissa