Vaal Preview – 9 May


Vaal, 09.05.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 12:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Many can improve. The Mike Azzie pair SECRET PALACE and AL BORAK raced around the turn on debut and are now down the straight drawn on opposite sides. Both will come on on decent debuts. ROCK MANOR has been close up in all 3 starts and should be thereabouts again. SILVER SEA improved in his 2nd start and must be respected. SYX SHOOTER can earn. Watch debutante BOLD OVER.


#16 Secret Palace, #1 Al Borak, #12 Rock Manor, #13 Silver Sea

Vaal, 09.05.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 12:55GMT+2

Race Summary: VIRTUOSA flew up late on debut and should hold ALLMYLOVING and TWICE AS SPECIAL (can only improve) on that and the extra should suit. Watch the first-timers SOLAR FLARE, SPRING BREAK and LATOYA.


#13 Virtuosa, #10 Solar Flare, #11 Spring Break, #12 Twice As Special

Vaal, 09.05.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R95.000, 13:30GMT+2

Race Summary: THERAVADA showed inexperience on debut but ran on smartly to get close in 2nd. He will come on heaps. DICKENS was rested after an improved run and could win fresh. LION KING was tried in open company with the blinkers off and wasn’t disgraced. IDEAL DAY disappointed before being rested – watch. SUSPICIOUS MINDS can only improve on debut.


#13 Theravada, #1 Dickens, #5 Lion King, #2 Ideal Day

Vaal, 09.05.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R110.000, 14:05GMT+2

Race Summary: CAPTAIN OF TORTUGA always gives a run for money and is unbeaten this track and trip. He beat ROCKIN RUSSIAN by 5 lengths in March but is 3kg worse off and the latter should be a lot fitter this time – good race. LAKE KINNERET is running close up could get into the money again. FIRED UP never traveled last time but will do better here.


#1 Captain Of Tortuga, #7 Rockin Russian, #2 Lake Kinneret, #5 Fired Up

Vaal, 09.05.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R88.000, 14:40GMT+2

Race Summary: A 4 months break was just what VIRGINIA needed. She should make a bold bid. Many will be out to take her on. WALNUT DASH is holding form and could challenge. PICCADILLY SQUARE has been threatening for a 3rd win and could be rewarded here. SAMMI MOOSA and ELEGANCIA can never be ignored for money. QUEBEC QUEEN found the trip too far last time.


#1 Virginia, #5 Walnut Dash, #11 Piccadilly Square, #4 Sammi Moosa

Vaal, 09.05.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R130.000, 15:15GMT+2 

Race Summary: CLEVER GUY beat DANZA by 0,7 lengths here last time and it could go either way on 1kg difference. VALBONNE is running well and the extra 200m will suit. AFRICA RISING comes off a rest. He has class but appears moody nowadays. SOCIAL ORDER and SEVILLE ORANGE are prepping but could flash up for minor money. ANGEL’S POWER could take home a cheque.


#9 Danza, #3 Clever Guy, #5 Valbonne, #1 Africa Rising

Vaal, 09.05.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 1100m, Turf, R105.000, 15:50GMT+2

Race Summary: POOL PARTY claims 4kg which promotes OURO to top weight by 0.5 kg. Both have ability and could get into the action. MADEMOISELLE gets 5 kg from her and finishes her races well so could have the edge. MEMPHIS BELLE, TWELVE OAKS,MISS PINKERTON and VINE STREET STAR could get into the mix.


#9 Mademoiselle, #1 Pool Party, #2 Ouro, #5 Twelve Oaks

Vaal, 09.05.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R112.000, 16:25GMT+2

Race Summary: Paul Peter holds the cards with 2 young sprinters, AMERICAN HUSTLE and WINTER STORM (carded to race before this). The former bounced back to best with blinkers and could double up. GALACTIC WARRIOR is running consistently close up. GREAT SHAKA is better than his last run. Stable mate DONNY G could take home a lesser cheque. ORAVAR appears held by AMERICAN HUSTLE.


#1 American Hustle, #2 Winter Storm, #10 Galactic Warrior, #3 Great Shaka

Vaal, 09.05.2019, Race 9, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R94.000, 17:00GMT+2

Race Summary: Difficult race to end. ALL OF ME finished ahead of GENEROUS NOTION and VISUALITY last time but the latter has an outside draw which could prove advantageous. COYOTE GIRL also starts on the inside but could finish off strongly. MERCER GIRL has come well and could complete a hat-trick. GEOGRAPHE BAY races in her new surroundings – watch. Reserve CLAREMORRIS can earn.


#12 Coyote Girl, #1 Generous Notion, #6 All Of Me, #5 Visuality

Best Win: #13 THERAVADA

Best Value Bet: #12 COYOTE GIRL

Best Longshot: #12 COYOTE GIRL

Author: Melissa