Vaal Preview – 14 November



Vaal, 14.11.2019, Race 1, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 12:35GMT+2

Race Summary: FLOWER SEASON was runner-up in her last 3 starts and deserves her victory. However, she is coupled with debutante AT FIRST LIGHT – watch the betting. Also, CANDY CANE was close behind her last time and shouldn’t be far behind again. NAZARETH drops in distance and could poach a winning lead. FLAMING DUCHESS could get into the mix.



#4 Flower Season, #7 Nazareth, #14 At First Light, #5 Flaming Duchess

Vaal, 14.11.2019, Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R90.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Difficult to assess with many newcomers – wait for betting to settle. ROCK THE KAZVAR was narrowly beaten on debut with TITELIST and another newcomer LOCAL KNOWLEDGE not far back – watch for improvement from both having their 2nd runs. DIFFERENT LIGHT was backed on debut – she will know more about it now, however, she is coupled with newcomers. ROYAL ESCAPADE could win fresh.


#12 Rock The Kazvar, #2 Local Knowledge, #4 Titelist, #16 Different Light

Vaal, 14.11.2019, Race 3, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 13:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky. GOD OF THUNDER needed his last run and should be competitive now. HOLY GUACAMOLE races before this – watch. AKWAAN comes off a rest and will have come on. CONSTANTIA is running close up and with ENDANGERED could get into the money. STONE JUDGEMENT, CITY DANCER and GUADELOUPE are looking for a trifecta finish. Watch newcomers especially NUMBERNINETYNINE and TRAVELIN MAN.


#3 God Of Thunder, #20 Holy Guacamole, #6 Akwaan, #8 City Dancer

Vaal, 14.11.2019, Race 4, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 14:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Wide open. Form runner RIVER JORDAN races as a gelding now but could just need it. WILLO’THEWISP was close up in both starts and could enjoy the extra.VAR AGLOW found solid support on debut but lacked acceleration – watch  over this distance. COURT JESTER and GREAT WARRIOR can only improve on decent debuts. Watch newcomers especially AUGUST RAIN.


#20 Willo’Thewisp, #1 River Jordan, #19 Var Aglow, #6 August Rain

Vaal, 14.11.2019, Race 5, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R90.000, 14:50GMT+2

Race Summary: BANHA BRIDGE has a good draw in a full field and the will improve on a decent debut. OUR MAN IN HAVANA sports blinkers now and any improvement should see him in the shake-up. FIRE TO THE REIN comes from franked form but with MY KINGDOM have poor barrier positions. THUNDERJET appears better than his last start and could get back on track. Watch the first-timers.


#14 Banha Bridge, #6 Our Man In Havana, #19 The Sandwich Man, #7 Fire To The Rein

Vaal, 14.11.2019, Race 6, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R88.200, 15:30GMT+2

Race Summary: LACONIA has been threatening and deserves a victory. She finished 0,5 lengths in front of CAN CAN who disappointed last time and 1,5 lengths ahead of THE JOCELYN TREE and should confirm. MISS CAP MALA tries further now and could make a race of it. Stable companion CARRY ME CARRIE should stay the distance and has a shout. ALISA’S PEARL could improve in blinkers.


#1 Laconia, #5 Miss Cap Mala, #2 The Jocelyn Tree, #7 Can Can

Vaal, 14.11.2019, Race 7, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R118.800, 16:05GMT+2

Race Summary: CELTIC SEA, RETURN FLIGHT and DESERT RHYTHM return from their KZN campaign and all could be short a run or two, however, CELTIC SEA is well in and should prove the best of the 3. The balance of the runners are all looking to test their skills with the big guns and with lighter weights could get into the money – watch especially SCENT OF EVENING.


#1 Celtic Sea, #2 Return Flight, #9 Scent Of Evening, #3 Desert Rhythm

Vaal, 14.11.2019, Race 8, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R130.000, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: CHIMICHURI RUN was narrowly beaten after a rest and the form has been franked. HAWWAAM has ability and despite the sprint is fresh and could grab him late. He, however, needs to behave. Followers should wait for as late as possible before having their bets. REBEL’S CHAMP shouldn’t be far off. The balance are looking for minor money.


#2 Chimichuri Run, #1 Hawwaam, #3 Rebel’s Champ, #6 Clever Guy

Vaal, 14.11.2019, Race 9, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R100.000, 17:20GMT+2

Race Summary: RING OF FIRE got lost round the sharp turn last time and should be hard to peg back here back over a straight 1000m. SCOOP gives him 4,5kg which could be telling but he should get into the money. TOPMAST is better than his recent form and with SILVER MASTER who won his only try over the minimum distance, PRECIOUS STONE as well as PILLAROFTHEEARTH could get into the mix.


#6 Ring Of Fire, #1 Scoop, #2 Topmast, #3 Silver Master

Best Win: #6 RING OF FIRE

Best Value Bet: #3 GOD OF THUNDER

Best Longshot: #3 GOD OF THUNDER