Vaal Preview – 17 October

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RACE BY RACE PREVIEWS: VAAL CLASSIC@2019.10.17

Vaal Classic, 17.10.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R95.000, 13:25GMT+2

Race Summary: ANATOLIO improved as a gelding in blinkers. He will be having his peak run and should fight out the finish. URBAN OASIS has been costly to follow but could race problem free and get it right. LORD GRANTHAM, TITELIST, GOLDEN DUKE and newcomers PLUVIOPHILE and WILD N GREY could get into the mix.

Selections:

#2 Anatolio, #11 Urban Oasis, #3 Titelist, #5 Golden Duke

Vaal Classic, 17.10.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R95.000, 14:00GMT+2

Race Summary: TIGERMIL found solid support on debut but showed inexperience when  running on strongly to take 2nd. She will come on heaps and rates the one to beat.MADAM PATRICE needs to keep up the gallop but should get into the frame. MALTEZA needed her last run and will be fitter now. MUSAYTARA and SASSKIA could make up quartets. Watch newcomer THREE PEAKS.

Selections:

#2 Tigermil, #3 Madame Patrice, #4 Malteza, #11 Three Peaks

Vaal Classic, 17.10.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 14:35GMT+2

Race Summary: PASSIONATE LAD wasn’t disgraced when not supported on debut and should get into the money, however, stable companion and debutante MABELLA could be preferred – watch the betting. THE RUSSIAN SAILOR is a slow starter and could need the outing. TEQUILA MAN races before this and looking for minor money here. BOLD OVER and FOR FRANCE can improve.

Selections:

#12 Mabella, #10 Passionate Lad, #1 The Russian Sailor, #2 Tequila Man

Vaal Classic, 17.10.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 15:10GMT+2

Race Summary: FLOWER OF SCOTLAND did better last time and should contest the finish. This is not a strong field and SUPER FINE could come out slightly underdone and beat them. SERAPHINA showed good improvement last time sporting blinkers and could challenge. CONSTANTIA ran an improved race last time. LUSCIOUS LOCKS drops in distance and could take home a cheque. Watch newcomer VARS JY.

Selections:

#5 Flower Of Scotland, #1 Super Fine, #6 Seraphina, #4 Constantia

Vaal Classic, 17.10.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R95.000, 15:45GMT+2

Race Summary: KISUMU hasn’t been far off to date and could get her just reward. SEA ISLAND is improving with racing and the little shorter will suit. HOPE FOR MILLIONS has been threatening and could finish off strongly. She holds PUCKER UP on recent form while CELESTE also appears held on collateral form.

Selections:

#4 Kisumu, #11 Sea Island, #1 Hope For Millions, #2 Pucker Up

Vaal Classic, 17.10.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R95.000, 16:25GMT+2

Race Summary: ARNICA MONTANA was narrowly beaten in all 3 starts to date. He is looking for further still but should be hard to oppose in this field. CRAZY CHARLIE could win the battle for minor money if covered till late. BRAVE DETAIL has a definite money chance but needs to be in the right mood. Watch newcomers ICE LORD, INTERGALACTIC STAR and WESTERN FORT.

Selections:

#6 Arnica Montana, #7 Crazy Charlie, #5 Ice Lord, #2 Brave Detail

Vaal Classic, 17.10.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R95.000, 17:00GMT+2

Race Summary: AL RAGNAR showed vast improvement in his 2nd start and finished strongly over the longer trip. He jumps to a marathon distance in this only his 3rd start and should be hard to peg back. PETERSHAM needs to make up 3,5 lengths to turn it around but could take 2nd spot. VOODOO is having his 54th try to escape the maidens but could get into the frame, LEFT HOOK needs to put it in.

Selections:

#9 Al Ragnar, #6 Petersham, #3 Voodoo, #2 Left Hook

Vaal Classic, 17.10.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R95.000, 17:35GMT+2

Race Summary: FLAGSHIP FUND has been threatening and won’t be troubled by the little extra. She could have her consistency rewarded. RIQAABY was a bit one paced on debut and the extra will suit – respect. GIMME A ROCK STAR wasn’t disgraced over further after a rest and if this is not too soon after could get into the action. NAZARETH hasn’t been far off and should be thereabouts again.

Selections:

#6 Flagship Fund, #13 Riqaaby, #10 Gimme A Rock Star, #7 Nazareth

Best Win: #6 ARNICA MONTANA

Best Value Bet: #5 FLOWER OF SCOTLAND

Best Longshot: #5 FLOWER OF SCOTLAND