Vaal Preview – 2 May

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RACE BY RACE PREVIEWS: VAAL@2019.05.02

Vaal, 02.05.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1100m, Turf, R110.000, 12:15GMT+2

Race Summary: EL PATRON ran close up in both starts and should beat those that have raced. CAPETOWN AFFAIR needs to find 4 lengths on him but will improve and get closer. STEAK AND ALE finished close up last time and was over a length in front of reserve GIANT CRUISE – both on debut any should come on. Watch the many first-timers especially UNTAMED TIGER and LEPRECHAUN.

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Selections:

#4 El Patron, #12 Steak And Ale, #15 Untamed Tiger, #8 Leprechaun

Vaal, 02.05.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1100m, Turf, R110.000, 12:50GMT+2

Race Summary: MONTREAL MIST was close up in both starts and has the form to win, however, stable companion ESCAPE TO VICTORY is on debut – watch the betting. BLESSED RAIN ran below form on her 2nd start but was coughing – watch for a better effort. ROYAL LILY rested after a good debut and could feature. Stable mate DIVE CAPTAIN can earn.TULIP WAY found support on debut and can do better.

Selections:

#7 Montreal Mist, #5 Escape To Victory, #1 Blessed Rain, #10 Royal Lily

Vaal, 02.05.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R110.000, 13:25GMT+2

Race Summary: GIMME THE FIRE was runner-up in his last 2 – both sporting blinkers, however, before that was a length behind LEMON DROP. The latter has since been gelded whereas the former never had blinkers on. Either could win. EL SERENO hasn’t been far off recently and could get into the frame. Watch SELL HIGH – he races as a gelding now in new surroundings. ARABIAN SNIPER can improve.

Selections:

#13 Lemon Drop Shot, #1 Gimme The Fire, #4 El Sereno, #15 Sell High

Vaal, 02.05.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R114.000, 14:00GMT+2

Race Summary: SAINTS ALIVE was given a confident ride when winning last time and Striker is aboard again. Top weight CARIOCA tries a mile now and must be respected, however, regular rider Muzi is on SANS REGRETS who makes her local debut. BELIEVE ME is holding form and should give another good performance. TRICIA is another running well and not out of it. WAITY KATIE can do better.

Selections:

#2 Saints Alive, #1 Carioca, #3 Believe Me, #4 Tricia

Vaal, 02.05.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R114.000, 14:35GMT+2

Race Summary: Small but competitive where judgement of pace will be the decider. MASTER OF MAGIC is a late maturer and showed determination in his last victory. He could go in again. ZANAKI comes into the picture on the Derby run. He needed it and could confirm with GIFT FOR THE GAP and LAST OF THE LEGEND. MANITOBA is in top form and a hat-trick is on the cards. The remaining 2 could win.

Selections:

#1 Master Magic, #3 Zanaki, #2 Gift For The Gap, #5 Last Of The Legend

Vaal, 02.05.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R128.000, 15:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Good race. HIGH SEAS BEAUTY loves it when a fast pace is set and could get it if ALGEBRA tries to go all the way. PENNY ROYAL showed improvement last time and if relaxed early could feature. CORDILLERA has won both starts this distance and could make it 3 from 3. FLYING FABLE has ability but appears moody. BEING FABULOUS sports blinkers now and could get into the mix.

Selections:

#6 High Seas Beauty, #7 Penny Royal, #9 Cordillera, #3 Flying Fable

Vaal, 02.05.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 15:45GMT+2

Race Summary: SILVER SPECTRUM won on the 3rd time of asking and looks to have plenty more to come, however, he gives 12-time winner and 10-year old RAMBO 4,5kg which seems unreasonable. TSITSIKAMMA BUSH has blinkers back on and could get into the mix. SAVANNAH KING needed his last run badly and if breathes easily could upset. TRUE WORDS could enjoy the drop in trip. More with chances.

Selections:

#1 Silver Spectrum, #9 Rambo, #7 Tsitsikamma Bush, #10 Savannah King

Vaal, 02.05.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 16:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Open. BOCKSCAR is under-rated, comes off a short rest and enjoys this track. SEATTLE TANGO finds problems but can never be ignored. MANHATTAN COCKTAIL always finds support but appears moody. KIRKCONNEL LASS runs well here and could get into the mix. VARIMAX shouldn’t be far off again. SAMMI MOOSA and WOTTAHOTTIE are more for the short list.

Selections:

#2 Bockscar, #1 Seattle Tango, #5 Manhattan Cocktail, #3 Kirkconnel Lass

Vaal, 02.05.2019, Race 9, Gallops, 1100m, Turf, R90.000, 16:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Wide open and anything could pop up. ALEX THE GREAT has been struggling to chalk up a 2nd win but could get it right here. MOON WARRIOR is never far off and could have his consistency rewarded. MOSHAV often gives start but could flash up late. COPENHAGEN could get back on track with Gavin aboard. WRITTEN and EUROSTORM are more for consideration.

Selections:

#13 Alex The Great, #5 Moon Warrior, #4 Moshav, #7 Copenhagen

Best Win: #6 HIGH SEAS BEAUTY

Best Value Bet: #2 BOCKSCAR

Best Longshot: #2 BOCKSCAR