Durbanville Preview – 19 September


Durbanville, 19.09.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 11:50GMT+2

Race Summary: Good maiden. ROYAL FLUSH improved last start over track and trip, unlucky not to have finished closer – on pedigree, will need further in time is likely to be competitive. THE CORPORAL (improved last run after gelding) and DESERT ILLUSION, who is better than disappointing last run suggests, have scope for improvement – can make their presence felt. However, bigger threat is likely to come from well-bred newcomers GIACOMO PUCCINI and TRAVEL MASTER – watch the betting. FORT RED wasn’t disgraced in a feature against winners (level weights) last start, will have a say if overcoming very wide draw.


#12 Royal Flush, #6 Giacomo Puccini, #14 Travel Master, #4 Fort Red

Durbanville, 19.09.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 12:25GMT+2

Race Summary: QUEEN NIYABAH touched off on debut by well-backed, more-experienced rival over similar trip, raced prominently throughout – will come on with that run, so hard to hold out. LEGAL DREAM made a pleasing 5f debut, will also come on the outing + extra should suit = poses a threat. On that form, DO ANGELS CRY and FLY TO RIO have a bit to find – both would’ve come on since so could get closer. CAPTAIN’S HEIR showed promise in PE prior to her layoff – worth a market check in first run for new yard. Watch the betting on the first-timers!


#13 Queen Niyabah, #9 Legal Dream, #1 Captain’s Heir, #7 Do Angels Cry

Durbanville, 19.09.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 13:00GMT+2

Race Summary: CAPITANA made good progress from the rear of the field on debut, would have come on since + from a good draw will be competitive. Well-bred SILVER MARIIA is one for the notebook, she was backed on debut and hasn’t been seen since – open to any amount of improvement on her return. Stablemates AUTUMN SKY and IMPERIAL BALLET are improving – could get a look in with further progress. FORBIDDEN KISS and PRINCESS OF WINTER are likely improvers after fair introductions – could earn a cheque. SEA LION interesting runner, ran in 2yo Gr.1 on debut – watch. Respect market support for any of the newcomers.


#1 Capitana, #9 Gertrude Bell, #2 Silver Maria, #6 Charity Ball

Durbanville, 19.09.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R46.000, 13:35GMT+2

Race Summary: NORTHERN SONG has hit the woodwork in both starts racing around the bend after a pleasing sprint debut. SALVATOR MUNDI fits a similar profile, having filled the runner-up berth in his last 2 two starts – neither would be winning out of turn, can fight it out. KAPTEIN shown ability in both starts over sprint trips, open to any amount of improvement trying this distance – can pose a threat. DOUBLE CHARGE, CONTACT ZONE and BEL PUNTO are others with scope – could improve to feature, place chances. Watch the betting on newcomer CASANOVA KING.


#7 Salvator Mundi, #5 Northern Song, #15 Kaptein, #9 Bel Punto

Durbanville, 19.09.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R46.000, 14:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky. MELIORA has improved with blinkers fitted, given enterprising ride last time when winning similar contest from the front under retained 4kg claimer – renews rivalry with runner-up ANSE LAZIO on better terms so warrants respect. The latter will strip fitter for that outing and is likely to race nearer the speed, so could turn the tables despite revised terms. RETRO EFFECT caught the eye in that race, ran on from a long way back – could upstage rivals if racing nearer the speed. AUGUST LEAVES, WINTER SHADOW and TROOP THE COLOUR are better than recent efforts suggest – should have a say.


#5 Retro Effect, #1 Anse Lazio, #7 Meliora, #4 August Leaves

Durbanville, 19.09.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R46.000, 14:45GMT+2

Race Summary: Open. BINOCHE is unbeaten over this trip and best treated by the conditions, one to beat. Last-start winner AQUA BOLT has a bit to find on ratings, though remains relatively unexposed after gelding – probably better than rated. Should pose a threat. ELUSIVE TRADER has held his own at a higher level so warrants respect on favourable terms – include. BILLY SILVER is capable but hard to win with + must confirm improvement of last start – place chance. APOLLO ACE and POWER GRID consistent, have earning potential. SKIDOO also capable of better than recent efforts suggest. BROADSIDE could surprise.


#3 Binoche, #5 Aqua Bolt, #1 Elusive Trader, #6 Apollo Ace

Durbanville, 19.09.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R46.000, 15:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Intriguing contest. MATTHEW THE KING was a smart 2yo, won on debut before earning cheques at next 2 starts – including 2nd in a 1200m feature. Probably found trip of last start too far so will appreciate reverting to a sprint – concedes weight to older, hard-knocking rivals but has most scope for improvement and could prove better than rated – follow. In-form mare FOURS A CROWD poses a threat under red-hot rider who takes 4kg off. FIRE WALKER and DESTRUCTION BOY have the form and consistency to make their presence felt too. WADI RUM and SPY have earning potential – place chance.


#1 Matthew The King, #4 Fours A Crowd, #5 Fire Walker, #6 Destruction Boy

Durbanville, 19.09.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R46.000, 15:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Good race. Promising 3yo DAZZLING SUN confirmed the promise of her debut sprint when winning over this course and distance last time out – she gets weight from all her rivals and from gate No 1 will be hard to peg back. Consistent 4yo fillies GIMME GIMME GIMME and MEET AT THE GEORGE are likely to be involved in the finish – preference is for the former, as the latter will need to find improvement to turn the tables on last-start conqueror ROCKET GIRL, who trotted up in her first start back from KZN. VANDAH’S SPIRIT and CRUSADE’S PROMISE aren’t without chances either.


#8 Dazzling Sun, #2 Gimme Gimme Gimme, #5 Rocket Girl, #7 Meet At The George

Durbanville, 19.09.2020, Race 9, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R46.000, 16:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Quartet race. SPIRITUAL WIND and ALL LIT UP are 3yo’s on the up, both were winners from the front last time out – won’t have things their own way again (preference for the former, despite wide draw). Stablemate NAVAL SECRET is worth another chance, was beaten on his return to the Western Cape last time- would have come on since, could have more to offer trying trip. NOIR’S BOY acquitted himself well in stronger race behind another Marshall-trained runner last time – can fight it out. Hard-knockers LUCKY DANCER and BRANDENBURG will keep their younger rivals honest. Doesn’t end there, though.


#11 Noir’s Boy, #8 Naval Secret, #4 Spiritual Wind, #12 Brandenburg


Best Value Bet:

Best Longshot: #5 RETRO EFFECT

Author: Melissa