Vaal Preview – 1 August



Vaal Classic, 01.08.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R95.000, 12:10GMT+2

Race Summary: BEFORE THE DAWN has been threatening from day one and should prove hard to peg back here. POP ICON hasn’t been far back in all 4 starts to date and should be in the money again. LIVE BY NIGHT has improved nicely and should makeup the trifecta. Look for good improvement from TWO PATHS. The balance are looking for minor money.



#7 Before The Dawn, #1 Pop Icon, #2 Live By Night, #9 Two Paths

Vaal Classic, 01.08.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R95.000, 12:40GMT+2

Race Summary: This is a weak maiden plate and the betting must be watched. A newcomer could win even if not fully wound up. NYMERIA disappointed last time when just behind MIDNIGHT LIGHTS (on debut) last time.


Vaal Classic, 01.08.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R100.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: GALACTIC WARRIOR just failed last time after taking a bump at the start. He could keep going here. LIFE IS GOOD has the blinkers back on which will sharpen him up. Stable mate STARFLASH could place. TALKTOTHESTARS wasn’t disgraced in his only run here – respect. BENJI has ability but returns after an enforced rest – watch. SUGOI is holding form and could get into the mix.


#3 Galactic Warrior, #5 Life Is Good, #7 Talktothestars, #1 Benji

Vaal Classic, 01.08.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R122.000, 13:50GMT+2

Race Summary: All 6 runners could pull it off. VALBONNE is in form and could go in again. DONNY G has a big chance if puts it in. OLD MAN TYME needed his first run as a gelding – respect. PREMIER SHOW is doing better and could feature. CLEVER GUY can never be ignored for money. AMERICAN HUSTLE is better than recent form.


#1 Valbonne, #5 Donny G, #4 Old Man Tyme, #6 Premier Show

Vaal Classic, 01.08.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R95.000, 14:30GMT+2

Race Summary: FLYING HIGH appears moody but should relish the mile trip and could open her account on the 5th time of asking. FOREVER INDIGO has been close up in all 5 starts to date but finished behind SEA LIKE GLASS last time. She should turn it around. OUR BISCUIT is a hard-knocker and is capable of upsetting. Look for improvement from PAVLOVA PROJECT and QUEEN OF SOUL.


#6 Flying High, #7 Forever Indigo, #1 Sea Like Glass, #2 Our Biscuit

Vaal Classic, 01.08.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R122.000, 15:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Again, all 7 runners are capable of scoring. LONE SURVIVOR is going over a mile again but if covered could finish off strongly. FOLK DANCE claims 4kg and will do a lot better than last time. LAKE KINNERET never runs a dull race and should be thereabouts. FULL OF ATTITUDE is coming on nicely and shouldn’t be far off. ROYAL ITALIAN sports blinkers now and improve more.


#6 Lone Survivor, #2 Folk Dance, #3 Lake Kinneret, #1 Arabian Air

Vaal Classic, 01.08.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R100.000, 15:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Wide open. PICCADILLY SQUARE has found form and could go in again from pole position. SAMMI MOOSA is never far off and is coupled with TWELVE OAKS who could just see it out. Slow starter KAPAMA could run on into money. SAMARRA ran below form last time and could get back on track. WALNUT DASH needed her last run and with WESTWING BELTER make up the short list.


#10 Piccadilly Square, #7 Sammi Moosa, #9 Kapama, #2 Samarra

Vaal Classic, 01.08.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R88.000, 16:15GMT+2

Race Summary: RING OF FIRE showed brilliant speed as a juvenile but is bred to get this trip and could go on now. He is coupled with RIBOUX EN VAR and LIGHTHEARTED who form good back-ups. DHABYAAN ran on strongly last time and should be at a peak now. FITZWILLIAM is bred for the longer distance and could get into the money. HIDDEN AGENDA could get into the mix.


#3 Ring Of Fire, #1 Dhabyaan, #2 Fitzwilliam, #4 Riboux En Var

Vaal Classic, 01.08.2019, Race 9, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R60.000, 16:50GMT+2

Race Summary: EL SERENO is running on late and could get there over the extra 200m. WORDYNESS has run close up in both post maiden runs and should contest the finish. WAQAAS hasn’t been far back recently but needs to go on with it. YER-MAAN is now 11 years old and could be the first of his age to score here. LONG POND has a money chance in this field. NIMCHA could place.


#1 El Sereno, #2 Wordyness, #6 Waqaas, #7 Yer-Maan



Best Longshot: #10 PICCADILLY SQUARE