Vaal Preview – 8 August



Vaal, 08.08.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 12:20GMT+2

Race Summary: SEVEN SEAS found no support on debut but did well in 3rd place. She finished 2 lengths ahead of KISUMU who has blinkers now fitted. BRITANNIA QUEEN is running close up and shouldn’t be far off. AZIRI SUN drops in distance but with blinkers on will be sharper. CASTLE GATE is starting to show. Watch newcomers especially WISTERIA WALK and THE LADY IS MINE.



#11 Seven Seas, #13 Wisteria Walk, #7 Kisumu, #2 Aziri Sun

Vaal, 08.08.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R130.000, 12:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Only 6 runners but a good race. AFROSTAR is back to best and could double up at this track. PRETTY PENNY is best over this distance and should contest the finish. DOUBLE ‘O’ EIGHT is running close up and should again challenge.ROUGE ALLURE is versatile and cannot be ignored. LAWDY MISS CLAWDY and TWELVE OAKS could pull it off.


#1 Afrostar, #3 Pretty Penny, #5 Double ‘O’ Eight, #2 Rouge Allure

Vaal, 08.08.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 13:30GMT+2

Race Summary: PIDGEON ROCK has been runner-up in his last 4 and deserves his victory, however, many are looking to take him on. DARK TIDE showed good speed on debut and the form has been franked. INSIDE POLITICS and MINISTER WITHOUT have had to settle for 2nd place in their last 2. ORCHID STREET has proven costly but drops in trip and could flash up. JUNGLE BOOK has a shout if ready.


#1 Pidgeon Rock, #10 Dark Tide, #4 Orchid Street, #2 Inside Politics

Vaal, 08.08.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R112.000, 14:05GMT+2

Race Summary: EIGHTFOLDS LASS is on the up and off a handy weight should be hard to peg back. SCENT OF EVENING gives her 5,5kg while I LIKE IT gives her 9,5kg – both are useful but the task looks difficult. STATE STAR has been running well and could get into the picture. ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY has a money chance claiming 4kg.


#6 Eightfolds Lass, #2 Scent Of Evening, #1 I Like It, #3 State Star

Vaal, 08.08.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R112.000, 14:40GMT+2

Race Summary: ELBI ran fairly after rest and should improve further. Rates a decent chance here. Similarly WINTER WATCH was ready to win before rest and showed she was in need of it last time. Must go well now. NAWAASI has matured and won easily last time. She meets better but needs to be included. CASUAL WEAR drops in ratings and races for a stable that has been top form.


#3 Elbi, #1 Winter Watch, #2 Casual Wear, #6 Nawaasi

Vaal, 08.08.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R88.000, 15:15GMT+2

Race Summary: PHILLYDELPHIA has ability but appears moody. If in the right mind could win a race of this nature. BOUNDLESS DEEP claims 4kg and should be thereabouts. DESERT KITTEN outpaced her field in her maiden win and could go in again. MOGGIE BROWN beat CLAREMORRIS (1,5kg better) by 1.25 lengths recently and either could take it. COSMIC MIST, QUEEN OF WAR and LEVI LADY could earn.


#9 Phillydelphia, #1 Boundless Deep, #3 Desert Kitten, #5 Moggie Brown

Vaal, 08.08.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R112.000, 15:55GMT+2

Race Summary: The Joe Soma yard has come well and TIRZAN could add another to the run. SNORTING BULL should be cherry ripe and was coughing last time. He should turn it around with TOP SHOT on 1,5kg difference for 1,25 lengths. BONDIBLU stays well but has a big lift in the weights. Others are looking for quartet money.


#3 Tirzan, #5 Snorting Bull, #2 Top Shot, #1 Bondiblu

Vaal, 08.08.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R60.000, 16:30GMT+2

Race Summary: CHANGING SEASONS should be at peak fitness and ready to resume winning ways. HIDDEN AGENDA has ability and races before this. Watch the form. SAMMI MOOSA has shown consistent form but is carded to race twice before this – update the form. LONG POND is another that needs her form updated. LASAIR comes off a maiden win and tackles stronger. WINTER CRUSADE could pop up.


#2 Changing Seasons, #5 Hidden Agenda, #6 Sammi Moosa, #11 Long Pond

Vaal, 08.08.2019, Race 9, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R95.000, 17:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Open. HOLD YOUR HORSES and FLORIBUNDA seem to be coming along nicely and could be ready to strike in a moderate line-up. Lightly raced IN FOR A PENNY is showing up well and could get into the action. BLANCO hasn’t been far off and must be considered here. He is backed up by MR CUDDLES who can do better. MOUNT RAINIER, GREY STREET and BRAVE DETAIL could get into the mix.


#5 Hold Your Horses, #6 Floribunda, #3 In For A Penny, #1 Blanco



Best Longshot: #2 CHANGING SEASONS

Author: Melissa