Vaal Preview – 29 August


Vaal Classic, 29.08.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R112.000, 12:25GMT+2

Race Summary: Paul Peter has 4 of the 6 runners in the opener. POPSICLE TOES struggled to get into gear last time but closed late. He finished over 2 lengths ahead of stable mate DIAMOND DANCER (0,5kg better) and should confirm. Other inmate DEFY GRAVITY is also a strong finisher and could contest the finish. ZEAL AND ZEST won well last time but appears held on his penultimate.


#4 Popsicle Toes, #5 Defy Gravity, #1 Diamond Dancer, #3 Zeal And Zest

Vaal Classic, 29.08.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 13:00GMT+2

Race Summary: Difficult to assess with many first-timers – watch the betting. ROCK BREAKER is improving and could win a race of this nature. MIGHTY STORM found problems last time and should do better. ASTRONOMER ROYAL, FIRE TO THE REIN and SAMBUCA (backed on debut) are all sure to improve on debut.


#6 Rock Breaker, #1 Mighty Storm, #11 Nimitz, #7 Ceremonial Orator

Vaal Classic, 29.08.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1500m, Turf, R95.000, 13:35GMT+2

Race Summary: PRINCESS PENELOPE has been threatening since day one and could get it right here. LITTLE SPARROW was runner-up in her last 2 and could go one better. Stable companion NAZARETH found problems in her last run and could produce best form now. DOUBLED OVER gave start last time and could get into the mix. LUSCIOUS LOCKS, TARTAN DANCER and SAUSALITO could make the frame.


#1 Princess Penelope, #2 Little Sparrow, #9 Nazareth, #5 Doubled Over

Vaal Classic, 29.08.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R75.000, 14:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Good race. TURF MASTER is a strong front runner and could keep on galloping this time. IN FOR A PENNY won’t let him get away and will be challenging late. GREY STREET finished over a length in front of LEFT HOOK but the positions could be swapped around over the shorter distance. HOLD YOUR HORSES and BRAVE DETAIL could make the quartet.


#3 Turf Master, #4 In For A Penny, #1 Left Hook, #2 Grey Street

Vaal Classic, 29.08.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R75.000, 14:45GMT+2

Race Summary: ARABIAN SUNRISE is getting closer with every run and could get off the mark here. VARQUERA has ability but finds problems. If trouble free should make a bold bid. HOPE FOR MILLIONS runs in her new surroundings and could keep galloping this time. MISS CAP MALA could get into the mix but needs to go on with it. Others looking for minor money.


#2 Arabian Sunrise, #1 Varquera, #3 Hope For Millions, #5 Miss Cap Mala

Vaal Classic, 29.08.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R60.000, 15:25GMT+2

Race Summary: KURT’S APPROVAL is a fancied runner to win before this – update the form. VILLAGE DEEP kept on to get the better of KAMAKURA last time and it could get close again between them. GOLD GRIFFIN deserved his maiden win but tackles stronger now. WOODLAND’S FOREST and DON PIERRO could pop up on early form.


#5 Village Deep, #2 Kurt’s Approval, #7 Kamakura, #4 Gold Griffin

Vaal Classic, 29.08.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R130.000, 16:05GMT+2

Race Summary: PUGET SOUND just needed his last run an won his only try this course and distance. Likewise, LAKE KINNERET won his only try this track and trip and could double up. Also unbeaten in both starts here is top weight UNAGI – respect. FLASH BURN pulled up fatigued last time – look for a lot better here. FULL MAST, PUNTA CANA and SPLENDID GARDEN cannot be discarded.


#2 Puget Sound, #3 Lake Kinneret, #7 Flash Burn, #1 Unagi

Vaal Classic, 29.08.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R112.000, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: 8-year-old TALKTOTHESTARS is enjoying racing again now that he meets weaker opposition and could resume winning ways. The rest of the runners are all capable of pulling it off if they produce form. LIFE IS GOOD is holding form and should get into the fight for honours. PILLAROFTHEEARTH showed a form return and warrants respect. SUGOI and BRIGTNUMBERTEN ran poorly last time.


#5 Talktothestars, #4 Life Is Good, #7 Pillaroftheearth, #6 Sugoi

Vaal Classic, 29.08.2019, Race 9, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R105.000, 17:15GMT+2

Race Summary: COMANECI drops in class now and a confidence booster is needed. Blinkers are now fitted and she rates the one to beat. CHIEF OF STATE has ability but is coupled with SACRED CASTLE. The latter pulled up distressed in both starts but could get his mind right now gelded after a rest. Watch. TOPMAST is no slouch and could make his presence felt. Others looking for minor money.


#7 Comaneci, #6 Sacred Castle, #5 Chief Of State, #1 Topmast

Best Win: #7 COMANECI

Best Value Bet: #5 VILLAGE DEEP

Best Longshot: #5 VILLAGE DEEP

Author: Melissa