Vaal Preview – 6 August


Vaal, 06.08.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R60.000, 11:40GMT+2

Race Summary: MISS VENEZUELA found no support when not disgraced on debut and experienced gained should see a huge improvement. She is coupled with debutante SABRINA FAIRCHILD – watch. OLIVIA drops in distance and with blinkers now on could keep on galloping. ST JOSEPH’S LILY was not striding out last time and if sound shouldn’t be far back. GYPSY WOMAN and QUEEN BOMI could make the quartet.



#12 Miss Venezuela, #1 Olivia, #2 St Joseph’s Lily, #14 Sabrina Fairchild

Vaal, 06.08.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R60.000, 12:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Difficult to asses with a few first-timers looking to attract support. Watch the betting. ACCOMPLISHED is having his peak run and gets the nod, however, SAVANNAH STORM was just over a length behind on his debut and could make it up. COURT JESTER needed his first run as a gelding and sports blinkers now. QUATTRO PASSI can get into the mix again.


#7 Accomplished, #9 Nafoorah, #10 Still Waters, #2 Court Jester

Vaal, 06.08.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R60.000, 12:40GMT+2

Race Summary: After a good debut HARRY’S SECRET never produced. He has obvious ability and could find it. NUSSPLY was hampered at a vital stage in his 2nd start and the blinkers did help. He is coupled with newcomer MK’S PRIDE – watch the betting. WILD HERITAGE showed improvement in his 2nd run and could go on. Watch first-timer AL QAQAA.


#6 Harrys Secret, #4 Nussply, #5 Wild Heritage, #7 Al Qaqaa

Vaal, 06.08.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R60.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: G I JOE is overdue a victory and it is now or never in this moderate field. Only serious danger is BARAK who needs to find 2 lengths on him and has drawn wider out. MASTER MARINER showed improved form last time and should be in the money. SMART DEAL has a money chance if finds form. ROYAL TIGER could place.


#1 G I Joe, #2 Barak, #12 Master Mariner, #7 Smart Deal

Vaal, 06.08.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R60.000, 13:50GMT+2

Race Summary: WATCHING CLOSELY showed marked improvement over this distance after a long break and has had enough time off for this race. EUPHORIANT sports blinkers for the first time and needed her last outing, however, she has a wide draw to contend with. WONDERFUL ROCK improve with blinkers on and shouldn’t be far off. NABEELA, MISS CAP MALA and OLYMPIC DESTINY could make the quartet.


#14 Watching Closely, #12 Euphoriant, #1 Wonderful Rock, #3 Miss Cap Mala

Vaal, 06.08.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R60.000, 14:25GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive. Judgement of pace could be the decider and with Striker aboard PILGRIM’S PROGRESS could get it right. Stable companion HEART STWINGS has top weight but cannot be ruled out. FRANKLIN, JIVE EXPRESS and STATELY HOME should finish close together and any could pull it off. PRETTY BORDER and SCENT OF EVENING could upset the apple-cart.


#3 Pilgrim’s Progress, #1 Heart Stwings, #10 Franklin, #7 Stately Home

Vaal, 06.08.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R60.000, 15:00GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky race and the draws could play an important role. IDEAL CUT has a good draw and could take advantage. PLUM FIELD has done well from wide draws and could repeat those performances. Also drawn wide is SAMMI MOOSA but has the ability to get into the reckoning. PASSION PEACH is never far behind and could get into the action. CHARMZ LUCK could prove best of the rest.


#5 Ideal Cut, #2 Plum Field, #3 Sammi Moosa, #4 Passion Peach

Vaal, 06.08.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R60.000, 15:35GMT+2

Race Summary: Paul Peter has ARAPAHO and BOLD RANSOM and both are in top form to score here. ISPHAN is holding form and 8 of his 10 wins were recorded over the minimum trip. NAAFER would easily account for a field of this nature if returns to best. VALBONNE has ability and could get into the money. OLD MAN TYME and LOOK TO THE SKY could make the quartet.


#3 Arapaho, #7 Isphan, #5 Bold Ransom, #1 Naafer

Vaal, 06.08.2020, Race 9, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R60.000, 16:15GMT+2

Race Summary: GARDEN PARTY could get away here and start his 3-year-old year on a winning note. PERSICA races before this – watch the form. SAVIOUR improved in blinkers and could follow up. BLOW ME DOWN was a gutsy winner last time and could go in again. DONNY G, KING OF THE DELTA and CAPTAIN’S FORT could pull it off.


#3 Garden Party, #14 Persica, #13 Saviour, #7 Blow Me Down

Best Win: #1 G I JOE

Best Value Bet: #5 IDEAL CUT

Best Longshot: #5 IDEAL CUT