Scottsville Preview – 1 January


Scottsville, 01.01.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 900m, Turf, R100.000, 12:45GMT+2

Race Summary: VERNICHEY showed potential in her trial at Greyville. She runs down the straight here but should make improvement and could attract support. ZIVA DE GRACE ran a fair race on debut without having trialled. It looked a decent field and he could prove a strong contender today. WHISPERING WAVE trialled with a useful looking sort and could show potential in his debut.


#1 Vernichey, #4 Ziva De Grace, #7 Whispering Wave, #3 Kind Judy

Scottsville, 01.01.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R100.000, 13:20GMT+2

Race Summary: EXPLOSIVE BEAUTY has been on a learning curve for a stable steadily coming into form. She has fair form and can open her account today. ROYAL VIEW finished just behind the former last time out and the barrier draws are reversed. She deserves respect. RILEY DA VIE was second to a top division sprinter in her trial-watch the betting. EMPRESS ELLA and UPTTOTRIX can show more.


#4 Explosive Beauty, #13 Royal View, #11 Riley De Vie, #16 Empress Ella

Scottsville, 01.01.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1950m, Turf, R90.000, 13:55GMT+2

Race Summary: JOSEPH JAGGER pulled out all the stops to win his last start and knows whatit is all about now. He should make a good handicap debut but is switching from poly to turf. SEA SPONGE has run well on poly and turf too and is holding form. He  should be right there again. ROMANESCA suddenly amazed followers last time and could repeat. AL JACKMAN seems capable of winning this.


#8 Joseph Jagger, #2 Sea Sponge, #6 Romanesca, #10 Al Jackman

Scottsville, 01.01.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 14:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive fillies and mares handicap. PURPLE PERSUASION could prefer the change from speedy contests to this longer trip but only the race will tell if she prefers it. BARINOIS is versatile and is holding good form so looks a big threat in this. BINT EL MALAK was dangerous again last time but has drawn wide today. HELLO SUMMER is capable of winning this.


#10 Purple Persuasion, #4 Barinois, #12 Bint El Malak, #13 Hello Summer

Scottsville, 01.01.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R90.000, 15:05GMT+2

Race Summary: If WASHINGTON SQUARE repeats the blistering pace he showed at Greyville last time he could follow up in good style. This could be his distance. QUANT MASTER won easily when odds on favourite last time and could make a sparkling handicap debut as well. He is a youngster with scope. DURAN may have the draw advantage-watch the earlier races. BRAVO ZULU is in good form. Open.


#13 Washington Square, #8 Quant Master, #1 Duran, #7 Bravo Zulu

Scottsville, 01.01.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R90.000, 15:40GMT+2

Race Summary: SOIREE was rested after winning her debut. She will have matured and must have more to offer. But it is a thoroughly competitive race. COYOTE GIRL lost her last by a neck after winning her previous two in good style. She demands the utmost respect. BE HAPPY is lightning fast and can win at any track. YAAS impressed last time. FIRST SIGHTING is not without a chance either.


#8 Soiree, #7 Coyote Girl, #6 Be Happy, #11 Yaas

Scottsville, 01.01.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R110.000, 16:15GMT+2

Race Summary: G G’S DYNASTY has had some mammoth battles and come out tops in a few. He should relish a drop in class even if it is a handicap. He has the best of the draw. WILLIAMS LAND relished the longer distance last time and could be on the up. He needs to make the switch from poly to turf though. VICTORIOUS MAN is another serious runner on form. He would be deserving.


#1 G G’s Dynasty, #4 Williams Land, #9 Victorious Man, #8 Walterthepenniless

Scottsville, 01.01.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R100.000, 16:50GMT+2

Race Summary: DANCINGINTHEWIND brings fair Highveld form into the Kzn fillies maiden ranks. She could prove a strong contender from the best of the draw and with a top rider up. BLUSH OF DAWN knocking at the door and she has been enjoying a good run from plum barriers. Must get it right soon. MAI DANCER has finished second in two of her last three but with ALGARVE has drawn wide here.


#1 Dancinginthewind, #2 Blush Of Dawn, #12 Mai Dancer, #14 Algarve



Best Longshot: #13 WASHINGTON SQUARE

Author: Melissa