Vaal Preview – 7 January

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RACE BY RACE PREVIEWS: VAAL@2020.01.07

Vaal, 07.01.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R90.000, 12:10GMT+2

Race Summary: MAKARA has met a lot stronger runners but comes off a lengthy lay-off. If ready could win fresh. MASAAQAAT has been close up in all 6 starts and should be thereabouts again. NORDIC QUEEN has decent form and if ready after a rest could feature. MALVERN is improving nicely and with SAMOA, SERENITY as well as RAZNA could get into the frame.

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Selections:

#1 Makara, #2 Masaaqaat, #3 Nordic Queen, #13 Malvern

Vaal, 07.01.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 12:45GMT+2

Race Summary: CREATION is having his peak run. He finished just ahead of AFRAAD (blinkers on now) recently and should confirm. The latter’s stable companion EARTH SHAKER has drawn better and with a 2,5kg apprentice claim could be stable elect. SHENANDOAH RIVER will enjoy the extra and could get into the mix. WHIPPING BOY Could get closer with blinkers now fitted. BRAVE DETAIL could pop up.

Selections:

#4 Creation, #5 Earth Shaker, #6 Afraad, #14 Shenandoah River

Vaal, 07.01.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 13:20GMT+2

Race Summary: SEVEN PATRIOTS should be ready to strike in a competitive race. TILMEETH did well in his first run as a gelding and should be thereabouts. ZULUONMYSTOEP showed marked improvement after a rest and must be considered. JACKPOT JEWEL did better over the mile and has a money chance. THUNDERJET has issues but looks capable. IDEAL DAY is better than his last 2.

Selections:

#5 Seven Patriots, #6 Tilmeeth, #4 Zuluonmystoep, #3 Jackpot Jewel

Vaal, 07.01.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R65.000, 13:55GMT+2

Race Summary: SEKHMET dug down deep to win on debut. He just beat MIDNIGHT TOP (1kg better) who won subsequently but has scope for improvement and should confirm. MISS KHALIFA could get into the picture if puts her best foot forward. THE GREAT QUEEN has done well in both post maiden runs. COSMIC MIST was runner-up in her last 2 and could pick up another cheque.

Selections:

#1 Sekhmet, #6 Miss Khalifa, #5 Midnight Top, #8 The Great Queen

Vaal, 07.01.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R75.000, 14:30GMT+2

Race Summary: CAPTAIN CHORUS scored a gutsy debut win and the runner-up came out and franked the form subsequently. BAAHIR can never be ignored for money. PRIVATE RULER is coming back to form. WRITTEN IN STONE is running close up and shouldn’t be far off again. SHORTSTOP, PODCAST, IRREVOCABLE DREAM and LASAIR make up the short list.

Selections:

#1 Captain Chorus, #14 Baahir, #4 Private Ruler, #9 Written In Stone

Vaal, 07.01.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1500m, Turf, R120.000, 15:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Three-year-old MILL QUEEN is a game performer and the 4kg less on her back could make the difference over 2 powerful opponents in VISTULA and IN THE DANCE. PERFECT TIGRESS will have a chance if allowed to be covered up early. CORDILLERA won her only try this track and trip. Others are looking for minor money.

Selections:

#4 Mill Queen, #1 Vistula, #2 In The Dance, #3 Perfect Tigress

Vaal, 07.01.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R120.000, 15:40GMT+2

Race Summary: SHUKAMISA was narrowly beaten on debut in his new surroundings but could resume winning ways. CAPTAIN OF TORTUGA finished behind FULL MAST last time but the latter needs to confirm. LAKE KINNERET enjoys this track and must be respected. MASTER MAGIC drops in distance but could get into the mix. MR GREENLIGHT can do better.

Selections:

#7 Shukamisa, #5 Captain Of Tortuga, #1 Lake Kinneret, #3 Full Mast

Vaal, 07.01.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 16:20GMT+2

Race Summary: EIGHTFOLDS LASS is unbeaten in both starts this course and distance. SECRET DREAM choked up last time and must be respected. She is coupled with useful ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY who is never far back. WILD DATE has a chance if jumps on terms. MACHALI won her maiden last time. She has been rested and has scope for improvement. JETORIO could get into the money.

Selections:

#2 Eightfolds Lass, #1 Secret Dream, #3 Elusive Butterfly, #6 Wild Date

Vaal, 07.01.2020, Race 9, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R75.000, 16:55GMT+2

Race Summary: After 2 good runs OH MERCY ME should be cherry-ripe and a big run is expected. KAPAMA found problems last time and should be given another chance.MISS LEXI and DANCEWITHADRAGON race before this – update the form. TAHITIAN ORANA comes off a maiden win and has scope for improvement. LITTLEWOOD could get into the mix. Watch the reserves TARGARYEN QUEEN and SALLY CALLED.

Selections:

#4 Oh Mercy Me, #3 Kapama, #5 Miss Lexi, #7 Tahitian Orana

Best Win: #1 SEKHMET

Best Value Bet: #4 OH MERCY ME

Best Longshot: #4 OH MERCY ME