Vaal Preview – 24 October



Vaal Classic, 24.10.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R95.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: VARNICA takes on a moderate lot here and should have his consistency rewarded. She has good early pace to overcome a wide draw. STORMY WEATHERS showed marked improvement after a rest and could get into the action from a good barrier position. SAPPHIRE ROCK, BELLE VIEW, ZODIAC PRINCESS and ORCHID EXPRESS could make the frame. If debutante ITUNESYOU finds support then respect.



#2 Varnica, #11 Karino, #1 Stormy Weathers, #3 Sapphire Rock

Vaal Classic, 24.10.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R95.000, 13:45GMT+2

Race Summary: FLOWER SEASON was runner-up in her last 2 and could go one better here. FLUORESCENT was all at sea on debut and will enjoy the extra. SUPER DUPER needed her last run and shouldn’t be far off. FLAMING OPAL has form but could just need it. BAT ORCHID, PASCHALS SAMORE and MILFORD SOUND can improve to take home money.


#2 Flower Season, #12 Fluorescent, #4 Super Duper, #1 Flaming Opal

Vaal Classic, 24.10.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R112.000, 14:25GMT+2

Race Summary: BIEN VENUE will be having his peak run and is looking to double up this course and distance. NORDIC REBEL is 3,5kg better off with FINCHATTON who carries a hefty 63kg and should make up the length needed. AT HAND receives chunks of weight from them both and will come on from his last run. CRIMSON GOD ran a shocker last time but can do better.


#2 Bien Venue, #3 Nordic Rebel, #8 Hidden Agenda, #1 Finchatton

Vaal Classic, 24.10.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R94.000, 15:00GMT+2

Race Summary: HEART STWINGS is running well and meets many hard knockers here. She should prove hard to peg pack from a good draw. Reserve runner ANIMAL LOVER gives her 2,5kg but is drawn well and will challenge if gets a run. Many others are looking to capitalise including PICCADILLY SQUARE, ITSMYDARLIN, CRYSTAL STREAM and PASSION PEACH.


#1 Heart Stwings, #3 Piccadilly Square, #6 Itsmydarlin, #15 Passion Peach

Vaal Classic, 24.10.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R112.000, 15:35GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive. PINK comes off a rest after a mouth injury and could win off a handy weight. Stable companion LITTLEWOOD is no slouch and forms a strong back-up. CIRCLE OF LATITUDE beat ILLUMINATE by 1,15 lengths but positions could be reversed on 1,5kg difference. Kimberley raider JOLLY JOSEPHINE won her last 2 there with consummate ease – respect. MAGIC’S FIRST can do better.


#11 Pink, #8 Littlewood, #2 Illuminate, #4 Circle Of Latitude

Vaal Classic, 24.10.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R105.000, 16:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Many are prepping for feature events, including INVIDIA (gelded now), SINGFORAFA and SNOW PALACE – watch the betting. SCOOP needed his last run and he should get close with TOP MAST on current form. SUCCESSION never got into it last time but look for big improvement. CROWN GUARDIAN, RING OF FIRE, TRUE CHARM and IMPRESSIVE DUCHESS are capable of pulling it off.


#10 Snow Palace, #4 Invidia, #1 Scoop, #2 Topmast

Vaal Classic, 24.10.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R88.000, 16:45GMT+2

Race Summary: ROSALINA finished 1,8 lengths in front of maiden NORDIC QUEEN last time but the latter gets 5kg and it could go either way. Slow starter COSMIC MIST will be catching late and could get up in this field. THE GREAT QUEEN loved this course and distance and could double up. IN FULL BLOOM needs to improve her form on turf. Others could pop up.


#10 Cosmic Mist, #5 The Great Queen, #6 Nordic Queen, #1 Rosalina

Vaal Classic, 24.10.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R75.000, 17:20GMT+2

Race Summary: FIRE TO THE REIN should be cherry-ripe and from a good draw could take honours. GOLDEN TUNE is running close up and shouldn’t be far behind. Stable mate JET JOHNSON has ability but has a bad draw. GENTLEMAN’S WAGER has threatened recently and races before this. He is coupled with QUERARI’S COWBOY who has blinkers on now. STONE JUDGEMENT can improve in his new surroundings.


#2 Fire To The Rein, #3 Golden Tune, #12 Gentleman’s Wager, #1 Stone Judgement


Best Value Bet: #11 PINK

Best Longshot: #11 PINK