Vaal Preview – 6 February

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RACE BY RACE PREVIEWS: VAAL CLASSIC@2020.02.06

Vaal Classic, 06.02.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R90.000, 12:55GMT+2

Race Summary: On a recent meeting there shouldn’t be much to choose between SINGLE RED ROSE, EXULTANT, SEXY CINDERELLA, CAPPADOCIA and SET ON MATCH and luck in running could be the decider. SAMOA ran her best race at this track and warrants respect. If serious money comes for debutante HERSTEL then follow the money.

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Selections:

#12 Herstel, #1 Single Red Rose, #3 Sexy Cinderella, #2 Set And Match

Vaal Classic, 06.02.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R90.000, 13:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Hard to assess. Runners racing as geldings for the first time, ORPHELIN NOIR (blinkers on now) and VAR AGLOW warrant respect. First-timers and geldings OOM JIM as well as KALENGWA need to be respected if the money comes. BLOW ME DOWN has been threatening and could have his consistency rewarded. SOUL CONNECTION shouldn’t be far behind on recent form. DARK TIDE will improve.

Selections:

#12 Var Aglow, #1 Blow Me Down, #11 Oom Jim, #2 Soul Connection

Vaal Classic, 06.02.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R90.000, 14:05GMT+2

Race Summary: THANDEKHILE has enough experience now and should be ready to show her true form. UNTAMED TIGER will try and get away at the business end. CREATION hasn’t been far back in all his 5 starts to date and should run another honest race. EPPAGILIA as well as stable companions SHENANDOAH RIVER and TORBEN SPIRIT are looking to improve.

Selections:

#14 Thandekhile, #2 Untamed Tiger, #1 Creation, #3 Eppagilia

Vaal Classic, 06.02.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R90.000, 14:40GMT+2

Race Summary: COTOPAXI finished a length in front of BELLE VIEW last time and they are set to do battle again in a field of this nature. Likely runners looking to improve are ONE-OH-WONDER, STRADA STATALE, PUCKER UP, SEA ISLAND and DAPHNE DU MAURIER.

Selections:

#1 Cotopaxi, #2 Belle View, #4 Strada Statale, #7 Pucker Up

Vaal Classic, 06.02.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R100.000, 15:15GMT+2

Race Summary: Lightly raced RIVONIA BOULEVARD has his problems and was not striding out last time after a rest. If problem free could win. ROOI TOM is running well but is 1,5kg worse off with LAZARUS TREE for a neck. It could get close. PALACE ASSEMBLY has found form and should have no problem with the extra. DAN THE LAD, HERTOG, AFRICAN ROCK and TOKYO DRIFT could get into the mix.

Selections:

#8 Lazarus Tree, #3 Rooi Tom, #4 Palace Assembly, #2 Rivonia Boulevard

Vaal Classic, 06.02.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R90.000, 15:50GMT+2

Race Summary: CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT took 5 tries to open his account but then was narrowly beaten in his post-maiden. He could go on now. Stable companion SULLENBERGER forms a strong back-up. Top weight PILLAROFTHEEARTH is struggling for his next victory but it could be his day. GEMCUTTER is back over the minimum trip which could be a good move. Watch reserve BOATSWAIN. Others could pop up.

Selections:

#6 Captain Hindsight, #1 Pillaroftheearth, #10 Gemcutter, #2 Sullenberger

Vaal Classic, 06.02.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R100.000, 16:25GMT+2

Race Summary: WESTERN FORT won his post-maiden with consummate ease after a rest and the margin could have been doubled. The combo could complete a hat-trick. DIORAMA won her only try over this distance and gets 7kg from him – respect. AT HAND should run an honest race and must be considered. LAST OF A LEGEND is back over this trip but needs to find form.

Selections:

#1 Western Fort, #8 Diorama, #2 At Hand, #3 Last Of The Legend

Vaal Classic, 06.02.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R90.000, 17:00GMT+2

Race Summary: ROCK YOU comes off a rest after all 3 good runs and should make a bold bid. OCEAN FOREST ran on strongly over a mile last time and the extra will suit. GREY FLYER will appreciate the little less ground and should make the frame. DANCE CLASS is bred for this and further but has a wide draw to overcome. SARAFINA and VISIONINTHEMIST are looking to improve.

Selections:

#1 Rock You, #15 Ocean Forest, #2 Grey Flyer, #13 Dance Class

Best Win: #6 CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT

Best Value Bet: #8 LAZARUS TREE

Best Longshot: #8 LAZARUS TREE