Vaal Preview – 30 January


Vaal Classic, 30.01.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 12:40GMT+2

Race Summary: This is not a strong field with a few unknowns. GOLD LIGHTNING comes off a rest and on earlier form should be in the shake up. DUKE’S GAME did well last time and should be thereabouts. APOLLO ROBBINS wasn’t disgraced on debut and should relish the longer trip. INCANTATION, VERDI and BLUE FLUTE have shown erratic form. Newcomer SACRED DAWN warrants respect if fancied.


#5 Duke’s Game, #1 Gold Lightning, #11 Apollo Robbins, #2 Verdi

Vaal Classic, 30.01.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R90.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: YESSIRICANBOOGIE was given a break after disappointing and if well after a break could get the stable off to a good start in Gauteng. SEEMYVISION ran below form last time and should be given another chance. MADAME PATRICE should hold GLOWTORIA and RAINBOW HAZE but they shouldn’t be far behind. SUMMER AFTERNOON stumbled badly last time and should do a lot better.


#4 Yessiricanboogie, #8 Seemyvision, #6 Madame Patrice, #5 Glowtoria

Vaal Classic, 30.01.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R90.000, 13:40GMT+2

Race Summary: PEACEONTHEROCKS was runner-up in her last 2 and should make a bold bid to open her account here. MALVERN appears one paced late and the extra will suit her. SERENITY improved over this trip after a rest and the same route has been followed. She is coupled with debutante BIANCA – watch. FLUORESCENT disappointed last time but should do better. BLESSED RAIN can place.


#2 Peaceontherocks, #1 Malvern, #12 Serenity, #4 Fluorescent

Vaal Classic, 30.01.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R90.000, 14:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Both top fillies GOLDEN BELLE and LADY OF STEEL race before this and their well being must be noted. GREEN TOP is back over a preferred distance and S’manga is back aboard. She has beaten STAGE DANCE before but the latter could turn it around. RIO’S WINTER had no problem with the extra and shouldn’t be far off. ISLE DE FRANCE, SEKHMET and GALLIC PRINCESS could earn.


#2 Golden Belle, #3 Lady Of Steel, #1 Green Top, #6 Rio’s Winter

Vaal Classic, 30.01.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R110.000, 14:50GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive. INDY GO will be at peak fitness and could carry bottom weight to victory. NORDIC REBEL could go in again provided he doesn’t give too much start. FLASH BURN should be ready to give a good account as a gelding. BIEN VENUE is unbeaten this course and distance and looking to make it a hat-trick. THE RISING LEGEND, CULTURE TRIP and FINCHATTON could get into the mix.


#8 Indy Go, #7 Nordic Rebel, #6 Flash Burn, #3 Bien Venue

Vaal Classic, 30.01.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 15:30GMT+2

Race Summary: WAQAAS is holding form but was behind both PERFACT and CAPETOWN AFFAIR. He should turn it around with them both but MAMBO SYMPHONY should be cherry-ripe and could continue the role. MATLOOB needed his last run and could resume winning ways. The remaining 4 runners are all capable of getting into the money.


#4 Mambo Symphony, #5 Waqaas, #6 Matloob, #8 Capetown Affair

Vaal Classic, 30.01.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R100.000, 16:05GMT+2

Race Summary: NIMCHA is running well and holds a few runners on recent collateral form. Stable companions ROCKY PATH, AT HAND and CHRISTOPHER ROBIN can never be ignored for money and any could take honours. BANHA BRIDGE is still maturing and has plenty more to offer. The other 5 runners are all capable if they produce best form.


#4 Nimcha, #6 Rocky Path, #3 At Hand, #10 Christopher Robin

Vaal Classic, 30.01.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R90.000, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: FISTS OF FIRE showed up well on debut after a slow start and Gavin retains the ride. He appears to have jumped off BELSHAZZAR who was only a length off OPENING GAMBIT after a rest and sports blinkers now. The latter’s stable mate WHARRA WHARRA shows good early speed and should be thereabouts. MINISTER WITHOUT has ability but could need it. IRON MIKE could place.


#3 Belshazzar, #2 Wharra Wharra, #10 Fists Of Fire, #1 Minister Without


Best Value Bet: #8 INDY GO

Best Longshot: #8 INDY GO

Author: Melissa