Vaal Preview – 3 October



Vaal Classic, 03.10.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 13:05GMT+2

Race Summary: AL BORAK comes off a rest and gelding and any improvement should see him open his account. He is coupled with LEPRECHAUN who wasn’t disgraced in both starts – watch the betting. TREND MASTER needed his last run and should contest the finish. CRANK IT UP wasn’t far off on debut and should have gained experience. Watch newcomers especially NAMAQUALAND.



#1 Al Borak, #12 Trend Master, #9 Namaqualand, #3 Crank It Up

Vaal Classic, 03.10.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 13:40GMT+2

Race Summary: MARMALADE CAT needed her last outing and should be right there. SINGLE RED ROSE has been close up in all 3 starts and shouldn’t be far off. She is coupled with 2 newcomers – watch the betting. SET AND MATCH hasn’t been far back to date and has a definite money chance. THE LADY IS MINE found support ondebut but ran downfield – respect. Watch newcomer LAND OF RUBIES.


#8 Marmalade Cat, #1 Single Red Rose, #2 Set And Match, #9 The Lady Is Mine

Vaal Classic, 03.10.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R105.000, 14:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Sean Tarry holds the cards with 3 of the 6 runners – KEEP SMILING could prove best – she is the youngest in the field and has most scope for improvement; ROCKIN RUSSIAN is honest and will stay the extra; CAPTAIN’S REWARD who will be trying the longer trip but is bred for it. RONNIE’S CANDY has the form and well in under these conditions – watch. WHAT A THRILL will be tested.


#6 Keep Smiling, #1 Ronnie’s Candy, #2 Rockin Russian, #3 Captain’s Reward

Vaal Classic, 03.10.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R95.000, 14:55GMT+2

Race Summary: AALSMEER did better in her 2nd start and will relish the mile trip. So too will LADY OF ARVENI who showed pace on debut but is bred for this and further. However, both have drawn poorly. SEVEN SEAS found problems in here last run – expect a good performance here. BAT ORCHID is back over a mile with a 4kg claim. Stable mate MISS PATRIOT is at a peak. CELESTE can do better.


#10 Aalsmeer, #11 Lady Of Arveni, #13 Seven Seas, #6 Bat Orchid

Vaal Classic, 03.10.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R95.000, 15:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Gary Alexander has 4 of the 7 runners and RITCHI rates the best of the pack. She stayed well over this course and distance last time and had LACONIA 3,75 lengths behind her. Stable mate TUSCAN LIGHT was never travelling last time and tries this distance for the first time. Other inmate JOCELYN TREE has a definite money chance. APPLE MAGIC can do better.


#2 Ritchi, #3 Laconia, #1 Tuscan Light, #4 The Jocelyn Tree

Vaal Classic, 03.10.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R130.000, 16:05GMT+2

Race Summary: INSIGNIS comes off a rest. She is classy and even though not fully wound up could go in. This applies to BIZE as well who will be suited to this distance. LAKE KINNERET has been winning full of running and the extra shouldn’t be a problem. AMERICAN INDIAN will prefer a fast early pace, LORD SILVERIO will enjoy the extra and with DIAMOND DANCER are all not out of it.


#2 Insignis, #5 Bize, #4 Lake Kinneret, #3 American Indian

Vaal Classic, 03.10.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R94.000, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Mixed form. PERFECT LIGHT should have enough experience now and could resume winning ways. IL MONDO could hold CRANBERRY CRUSH on their most recent meeting. ALWAYS RED could enjoy the extra and must be considered. GLAMOROUS SCANDAL is capable but needs to confirm. SEEKING GOLD is better than her recent form.


#5 Perfect Light, #3 Il Mondo, #1 Always Red, #2 Cranberry Crush

Vaal Classic, 03.10.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R105.000, 17:17GMT+2

Race Summary: All 10 runners have winning chances. CHARIOT OF GOLD enjoys this race and did win by a distance here before. If not short a run could get home. FRENCH LEAVE stays well and beat VILLAGE DEEP ((2,5kg better) by 2,5 lengths. It could get close. INDY ICE has the blinkers back on and could feature. ZEAL AND ZEST, BEFORE NOON and COME THE DAY make up the short list.


#5 Chariot Of Gold, #7 French Leave, #10 Village Deep, #1 Indy Ice

Best Win: #2 RITCHI

Best Value Bet: #5 PERFECT LIGHT

Best Longshot: #5 PERFECT LIGHT