Vaal Preview – 20 June



Vaal, 20.06.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1100m, Turf, R105.000, 12:15GMT+2

Race Summary: SPRING BREAK and SOLAR FLARE renew rivalry. They met on debut where the former got there by a head. The latter won easily subsequently. They are drawn together and should finish together. There should be nothing to choose between RIO’S WINTER and ME TIME on their recent meeting and with DIVE CAPTAIN as well as a fancied newcomer could get into the frame.



#6 Spring Break, #5 Solar Flare, #3 Rio’s Winter, #2 Me Time

Vaal, 20.06.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1100m, Turf, R105.000, 12:50GMT+2

Race Summary: AL JAHBATH showed determination when winning on debut and will come on lengths. SINGFORAFA is very fast and will try to get away. LAND OF THE BRAVE is still maturing and will come on. ARAPAHO comes off a rest after showing up in earlier races. Maidens IRON HENRY and WHIPPING BOY could get into the frame.


#1 Al Jahbath, #4 Singforafa, #3 Land Of The Brave, #2 Arapaho

Vaal, 20.06.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R95.000, 13:25GMT+2

Race Summary: JULEP wasn’t disgraced over 2000m last time but drops to 1400m which could be a touch on the short side. KISUMU wasn’t far back on debut and will know more about it. She finished ahead of VARQUERA who did do better subsequently. ATREVETE comes off a rest but should enjoy the extra –  respect. AZIRI SUN and newcomer SEA ISLAND could get into the mix.


#1 Julep, #14 Kisumu, #2 Varquera, #16 Sea Island

Vaal, 20.06.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R95.000, 14:00GMT+2

Race Summary: DRY YOUR EYES finished runner-up in his last 3. He was just in front of BORN RICH last time but will enjoy the longer distance and should confirm. ZAR is only having his 3rd start but was one paced last time when ahead of BINKY who showed good improvement after and could enjoy the marathon trip. MARK THE DORMAN only got going late after a rest and should stay the trip.


#13 Zar, #4 Dry Your Eyes, #2 Binky, #3 Mark The Doorman

Vaal, 20.06.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R95.000, 14:35GMT+2

Race Summary: DICKENS is having his peak run and should make a bold bid. FOREVER INDIGO is improving with racing and could get into the action in this only her 3rd start. AFRICAN ROCK should be cherry ripe and could get into the mix. AKWAAN was backed when downfield on debut – watch for improvement. OH YEAH enjoyed the blinkers back on. MOUNT RAINIER and BRAVE DETAIL could place.


#1 Dickens, #14 Forever Indigo, #3 African Rock, #11 Akwaan

Vaal, 20.06.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R60.000, 15:10GMT+2

Race Summary: TRIP TO TROY is never far back and should make his presence felt in this field. GREEN DRAGON produced her best over this course and distance and could double up. ENDOFMARCH showed improvement in blinkers and could go in. THE BRASS WAY won his maiden last time and could take home a cheque. TRUE WORDS finished 3,5 lengths behind reserve STREET FLYER (chance if runs).


#9 Trip To Troy, #3 Green Dragon, #10 Endofmarch, #5 True Words

Vaal, 20.06.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R76.000, 15:45GMT+2

Race Summary: Wide open. SHORTSTOP is back over 1200m and will be catching late. NENG KAPA NENG never got into last time but look for a better run here. BATTLE CREEK won well last time and could go in again. KING OF THE DELTA can never be ignored for money. LIGHTHEARTED won on the 2nd time of asking and can improve more. Watch reserves SNOW IN SEATTLE and SPORTING MONARCH.


#2 Shortstop, #10 Neng Kapa Neng, #11 Battle Creek, #12 King Of The Delta

Vaal, 20.06.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R82.000, 16:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Open. NO MORE WORDS just needed the outing last time and could chalk up win number 2. HEAR THE TRUMPET is best this trip and should be right there. FICTICIOUS is running well and could get into the money. NAWAASI won her only try this track and trip. WRITTEN has a chance if ready after a rest. PONCHIELLI found problems last time. ROYAL FUTURE wasn’t disgraced her post-maiden.


#6 No More Words, #2 Hear The Trumpet, #10 Ficticious, #4 Nawaasi

Vaal, 20.06.2019, Race 9, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R95.000, 16:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky. BIRTHDAY BOY is back over the the right track and trip and could keep going. He is coupled with debutante DIAMONDS GALORE – watch. SEGONTIUM showed up well on debut and should come on heaps. SUNBURST could get into the mix. Watch other first-timers especially ALAMEERY and GIMME HEINEKEN.


#1 Birthday Boy, #14 Segontium, #9 Alameery, #8 Diamonds Galore

Best Win: #1 AL JAHBATH

Best Value Bet: #1 DICKENS

Best Longshot: #1 DICKENS