Vaal Preview – 31 October

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RACE BY RACE PREVIEWS: VAAL CLASSIC@2019.10.31

Vaal Classic, 31.10.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R95.000, 12:40GMT+2

Race Summary: KARAKORAM hasn’t been far off to date and should be in the shake-up here. KISUMU finds problems but if not hampered will be right there. LATEST CRAZE made vast improvement as a gelding sporting blinkers and must be considered. MY KINGDOM and PASSIONATE LAD (blinkers on) are looking for improvement – respect. THE RUSSIAN SAILOR and BARTHOLOMEUS could place.

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Selections:

#1 Karakoram, #13 Kisumu, #5 Latest Craze, #3 My Kingdom

Vaal Classic, 31.10.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R95.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: EMPRESS JOSEPHINE eased in the betting when scalped on debut. Expect a  big run from pole position. TAHITIAN ORANA is crying out for the extra and should make a race of it. OCEANS PRIDE has been threatening but a has a wide draw. CONSTANTIA enjoys this track and shouldn’t be far off. NOTQUITETHEREYET, ROCK OF MADEIRA, DEBBIE GOES WEST, MISS CARUSO and SUPER FLUKE can earn.

Selections:

#8 Empress Josephine, #14 Tahitian Orana, #1 Oceans Pride, #4 Constantia

Vaal Classic, 31.10.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R95.000, 13:40GMT+2

Race Summary: FLAMING DUCHESS is improving with racing and will relish the extra. Stable companion RIQAABY (blinkers on) will enjoy the extra and despite a wide draw could win it. NAZARETH will be up with the pace and looking to fend them off. SMILEY RIVER and GIMME A ROCK STAR are trying further now and could get into the mix. THE JOCELYN TREE could take home a lesser cheque.

Selections:

#5 Flaming Duchess, #8 Nazareth, #6 Smiley River, #16 Riqaaby

Vaal Classic, 31.10.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R95.000, 14:20GMT+2

Race Summary: ARNICA MONTANA ran no kind of race last time but is a lot better than that and could make amends. SELL HIGH ran on nicely after a rest and will be fitter now. POPPYCOCK has the worst of the draw but could earn. OUR MAN IN HAVANA was not striding out last time and could feature. MASTER DANIEL improved in his 2nd start but has drawn wide. Others looking to improve.

Selections:

#6 Arnica Montana, #1 Sell High, #2 Poppycock, #7 Our Man In Havana

Vaal Classic, 31.10.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R105.000, 15:00GMT+2

Race Summary: Wide open. CAPTAIN FLYNT gets the nod. It’s his 3rd run after a rest and has a decent draw. COME THE DAY is in the right race with blinkers back on. SNORTING BULL will be doing good work in the latter stages and could get up. Stable mate never-say-die HIDDEN AGENDA is holding good form and must be considered. MARCH TO GLORY and MOUNT RAINIER (carries 46kg) can earn.

Selections:

#10 Captain Flynt, #5 Come The Day, #4 Snorting Bull, #7 Hidden Agenda

Vaal Classic, 31.10.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R88.000, 15:40GMT+2

Race Summary: AT HAND is maturing nicely and could chalk up his 2nd victory in this his 6th start. BOLD ELLIE wasn’t disgraced last time and from a better draw could go in. YOUCANTHURRYLOVE won his maiden well after a rest and has scope for improvement. PODCAST has blinkers fitted again and could make the frame. PRINCE JORDAN and GIMME THE FIRE are more to consider.

Selections:

#1 At Hand, #7 Bold Ellie, #9 Youcanthurrylove, #4 Podcast

Vaal Classic, 31.10.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R105.000, 16:20GMT+2

Race Summary: FLY AWAY looks well above average and could double up this course and distance. Stable companions SINGFORAFA and TRUE CHARM have ability. They race before this – update the form. TROPIC SUN impressed on her debut victory and could be anything. PHILLYDELPHIA claims 4kg and could keep going for minor money.

Selections:

#3 Fly Away, #7 Tropic Sun, #5 Singforafa, #4 True Charm

Vaal Classic, 31.10.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R112.000, 16:55GMT+2

Race Summary: PURPLE DIAMOND gets going late and could grab them close home. BIG BLUE MARBLE should make a bold bid but needs to settle early. TARSUS was quietly fancied last time after a rest and will come on. BATTLE CREEK will be given every chance but needs to keep going. SPORTING MONARCH claims 4kg and could win fresh. Others could get into the frame.

Selections:

#4 Purple Diamond, #2 Big Blue Marble, #5 Tarsus, #8 Battle Creek

Best Win: #5 FLAMING DUCHESS

Best Value Bet: #8 EMPRESS JOSEPHINE

Best Longshot: #8 EMPRESS JOSEPHINE