Turffontein Preview – 18 January

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RACE BY RACE PREVIEWS: TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE@2020.01.18

Turffontein Standside, 18.01.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 12:45GMT+2

Race Summary: BELLA ROSE comes off a rest. She is on the up and will make a good effort. FIREWORKS disappointed in her penultimate but should get back on track. She is coupled with OCEAN FOREST who found some money on debut and could be stable elect. Stable mates MEERCAT and SULTANAH (better trip) are both drawn well and capable of pulling it off. OLIVIA and LIGHTOFTHEUNICORN have claims.

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Selections:

#2 Bella Rosa, #3 Fireworks, #11 Meercat, #14 Sultanah

Turffontein Standside, 18.01.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 13:20GMT+2

Race Summary: BLUE SPARK needed his last run and should contest the finish. GENERAL JACKSON improved after a rest but hasn’t the best of draws, however, he shouldn’t be far off. ENRIQUE needed his first run as a gelding and should give of his best. First-timer MAGIC DUKE could get into the frame.

Selections:

#3 Blue Spark, #4 General Jackson, #5 Enrique, #13 Magic Duke

Turffontein Standside, 18.01.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 13:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Two runners are set to fight it out and both are not the best of starters – SIDONIE and CHRISTMAS FLOWER. The former is holding form and well in at the weights while the latter is looking for further but is on the up. Good race. SECRET DREAM is held on her penultimate but should get a lot closer. MACHALI, WESTWING BELTER and ANNATJIE are looking for minor money.

Selections:

#1 Sidonie, #2 Christmas Flower, #7 Secret Dream, #10 Annatjie

Turffontein Standside, 18.01.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R75.000, 14:35GMT+2

Race Summary: WAQAAS is running well and looks the one they all have to beat. DARKEST HOUR gives start but will be catching late. THE ROCKETMAN is another that fluffs his chances at the start but could take home a cheque. LASAIR beat WRITTEN IN STONE by 1,7 lengths and the 1,5kg difference should make it close this time. CHIPOFFTHEOLDBLOK is having his 2nd run after a lay-off.

Selections:

#2 Waqaas, #6 Darkest Hour, #1 The Rocketman, #5 Written In Stone

Turffontein Standside, 18.01.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R75.000, 15:10GMT+2

Race Summary: WESTERN FORT showed vast improvement when supported and winning his 2nd start and the form has been franked. He has more to offer. SEEKING GOLD has a lot in her favour – 4-time winner, well drawn and Luke knows her well. She is coupled with LIBERADO who is in form but hasn’t fared well in the draws. PINK has a shout is starts off well. HIGHLANDER and GOLD GRIFFIN can earn.

Selections:

#4 Western Fort, #6 Seeking Gold, #5 Liberado, #11 Pink

Turffontein Standside, 18.01.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R130.000, 15:45GMT+2

Race Summary: DAWN ASSAULT beat AMERICAN INDIAN by 1,2 lengths, DIAMOND DANCER by 2,2 lengths and ODD ROB by 2,25 lengths recently and the weights and distance are the same. However, over this distance a slight error in judgement could make the difference. GLIDER PILOT and SHENANIGANS are improving again. TIRZAN needs to find form.

Selections:

#1 Dawn Assault, #2 American Indian, #6 Odd Rob, #5 Diamond Dancer

Turffontein Standside, 18.01.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R120.000, 16:20GMT+2

Race Summary: 3-year-old LEOPOLD gets weight all round. He looks well above average and has a lot more to come. 6-year-old SOCIAL ORDER gives him 9kg which could make it a tough ask. Stable companion RUSSIAN BEAT could get into the reckoning. FLORIDA QUAYS is running well and should finish together with SARAGON on their penultimate runs. TALKTOTHESTARS’S weight gives him a chance here.

Selections:

#8 Leopold, #1 Social Order, #3 Saragon, #4 Florida Quays

Turffontein Standside, 18.01.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R95.000, 16:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Stable-mates ROOI TOM (underrated and has scope) and HERTOG (preferable trip) should be thereabouts. TOKYO DRIFT disappointed last time and deserves another chance. POP ICON could double up here but MOVIE MAGIC should finish on top of him at the weights. SEGONTIUM was not striding out last time. SPORTING MONARCH could now enjoy the extra.

Selections:

#4 Rooi Tom, #3 Hertog, #6 Tokyo Drift, #2 Pop Icon

Turffontein Standside, 18.01.2020, Race 9, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R75.000, 17:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky. On the Sullenberger form line there should be not much between REBEL RENEGADE, VARIMAX, TOUCH OF FATE, PEARL OF SIBERIA, OLD BLUE EYES and ANATOLIO. Now that CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT has broken his maiden he could go in again. ALEX THE GREAT, GRINDELWALD and HOT AUGUST could get into the picture.

Selections:

#1 Touch Of Fate, #8 Rebel Renegade, #2 Captain Hindsight, #10 Grindelwald

Best Win: #8 LEOPOLD

Best Value Bet: #4 ROOI TOM

Best Longshot: #4 ROOI TOM