Vaal Preview – 2 January



Vaal, 02.01.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R90.000, 12:05GMT+2

Race Summary: DUE DILIGENCE beat BELIEVE IN DREAMS and ENTENTE on debut and should confirm. Debutante VARINA has a line through BELIEVE IN DREAMS – watch the market. AMBER LIGHT and INDIGO MOON are other newcomers to respect.



#3 Due Diligence, #10 Varina, #7 Indigo Moon, #1 Amber Light

Vaal, 02.01.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R90.000, 12:40GMT+2

Race Summary: DUBAWI PRINCESS meets colts again and should improve on a fair debut. FIRE AND ICE PROMISE TO DREAM and TOP DRAWER are looking to improve. Watch newcomers especially MASTER OF DISGUISE, SACCHARO and TSITSIKAMMA GIRL.


#3 Master Of Disguise, #5 Saccharo, #10 Tsitsikamma Girl, #7 Dubawi Princess

Vaal, 02.01.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Reserve runner BLUE SPARK should run a big race if gets in – watch! DUAL AT DAWN ran a good 2nd here on debut and should give a good account of himself. FRIENDS FOREVER wasn’t far behind in both starts after a rest but ROOIPOORT could have his measure on their recent meeting. PSYCHO KING improved in blinkers last time but is coupled with newcomer MASTER SUPREME – watch!


#12 Dual At Dawn, #5 Rooipoort, #4 Crazy Charlie, #6 Friends Forever

Vaal, 02.01.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 13:40GMT+2

Race Summary: IVALO’S PRINCE took a walk in the betting on debut but finished strongly to be beaten a head. He should know more about it now. ENRIQUE races as a gelding now after a rest and any improvement should see him fight it out. CURIOUS is improving and could get into the money. SEMPER FI, GLADSTONE and ZIG ZAG could make the frame.


#12 Ivalo’s Prince, #11 Enrique, #9 Curious, #2 Semper Fi

Vaal, 02.01.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R90.000, 14:20GMT+2

Race Summary: NEBRAAS attracted money when not disgraced on debut and should relish the extra. TREND MASTER has been knocking and deserves a victory. STORM COMMANDER will appreciate the extra and rates a chance. WHARRA WHARRA is running well and could feature. TRAVELIN MAN wasn’t far back on debut and could only improve. WHISKYTANGOFOXTROT and UP EARLY could make the quartet.


#11 Nebraas, #4 Trend Master, #12 Storm Commander, #5 Wharra Wharra

Vaal, 02.01.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R65.000, 14:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Anything could win. FLY NORTH should be in the money if covered early on. SERENDIPITY did better last time and could go in. SUPREME WIN appeared one paced last time and will enjoy the extra. CHARMZ LUCK has been doing better and will be catching late. MADDOX TUNE, MISS KHALIFA, LADY LEXINGTON and the reserves are more to consider.


#14 Fly North, #8 Serendipity, #6 Supreme Win, #2 Charmz Luck

Vaal, 02.01.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R80.000, 15:30GMT+2

Race Summary: LADY OF STEEL was backed when winning on debut and could double up this track and trip. ANNE BOLEYN won on the 2nd time of asking and could go on. MALTEZA should challenge if covered till late. She finished just behind TIGERMIL before but could have her revenge. FLORENCE and CLAREMORRIS are in form but could pref the minimum distance. Others with claims.


#4 Lady Of Steel, #1 Anne Boleyn, #5 Malteza, #2 Florence

Vaal, 02.01.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R100.000, 16:05GMT+2

Race Summary: SEEMYVISION ran a shocker in the soft but showed true potential subsequently. There shouldn’t be much to choose between RING OF FIRE and stable mates LAND OF THE BRAVE and LOOK TO THE SKY on their last meeting. ARISTACHUS shouldn’t be far off them on collateral form. TOPMOST and CROWN GUARDIAN could upset the apple-cart.


#8 Seemyvision, #4 Ring Of Fire, #2 Look To The Sky, #1 Land Of The Brave

Vaal, 02.01.2020, Race 9, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R90.000, 16:45GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive. SAMMI MOOSA, EVENING BELL, MOROCCAN FLAME and PRETTY BALLERINA have mixed form and any one could emerge superior on the day. JIVE EXPRESS and ALWAYS RED are running close up and either could take honours. JACKO BOY never traveled well last time. DESTINYS GAME won her only try this distance. RABIA THE REBEL has popped up before.


#7 Jive Express, #10 Always Red, #6 Evening Bell, #1 Destinys Game

Vaal, 02.01.2020, Race 10, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R75.000, 17:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Difficult race to end. ITSMYDARLIN always gives start and if able to get through could get there. HEART STWINGS ran below best last time and could benefit from a rest. PINK runs on late and could make the trifecta. STATELY HOME found solid support last time and should do better. AFRICAN SUNBIRD needed her last outing and with ANNATJIE are more for the short list.


#12 Itsmydarlin, #2 Heart Stwings, #16 Pink, #10 Stately Home

Best Win: #12 IVALO’S PRINCE

Best Value Bet: #12 ITSMYDARLIN

Best Longshot: #12 ITSMYDARLIN

Author: Melissa