Durbanville Preview – 26 September


Durbanville, 26.09.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R46.000, 11:55GMT+2

Race Summary: SOMERSET MAUGHAM disappointed when unplaced as odds-on favourite last time out in heavy going – should appreciate firmer, so is worth another chance. ADIOS AMIGOS outran big odds when promising 2nd on debut, stayed on over shorter – will come on for the run + extra should suit, can fight it out. DOUBLEBLUE improved on debut run and for step up in trip last time – could have more to offer this trip, poses a threat. FUTURA’S HOPE fits a similar profile, could also get involved trying the extra. VENI VIDI VICCI and FIRSTAMONGEQUALS are newcomers who warrant respect – follow the betting moves.



#5 Adios Amigos, #2 Somerset Maugham, #14 Veni Vidi Vicci, #11 Futura’s Hope

Durbanville, 26.09.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R46.000, 12:35GMT+2

Race Summary: Consistent maiden MORSE likely to give another competitive account under a 4kg claimer – needs to do more to win, place chance. ATKINSON GRIMSHAW is one of several likely improvers in the race and will appreciate a firmer track. He will benefit from the step up in trip and has earning potential. HIGH MOON pleased on debut, stayed on well over shorter – would’ve come on since and the extra will suit. FIRE FOR SURE was ahead of that rival and from an inside gate could contest the outcome. THE GATEKEEPER is improving and can challenge for honours. Watch the betting on newcomers DIVERGENT, ROYAL NEWZ and ONE WAY TRAFFIC.


#13 The Gatekeeper, #7 Fire For Sure, #6 Divergent, #11 Royal Newz

Durbanville, 26.09.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R46.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Good maiden. LITE OF MY LIFE has finished 2nd in both starts over this trip, latest over track and trip – another bold bid expected from an inside gate. LINE OF POWER has improved with each start, is drawn wide but capable of posing a threat. ALPHA PAPPA should come on from a comeback run, so could show improvement – place chance. I DID WHAT I DID, in the money his last 3 starts, can earn another cheque. Both HAPPY CHAPPY and SHORT CUT improved last time out and can get a look in if making further progress. Respect any market support for newcomers CAMPS BAY and T’CHALLA.


#5 Lite Of My Life, #7 Camps Bay, #10 T’Challa, #9 Short Cut

Durbanville, 26.09.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R46.000, 13:45GMT+2

Race Summary: VAL GARDENIA was outrun late over 1250m at this track when last seen – drop to this trip may suit and she could get away from favourable gate. ARCTIC ICE has been in the money in each of her 3 starts – is likely to play another leading role from an inside barrier. Speedy LADY CATHERINE was 2nd over track and trip last time out – will make another bold bid from the front under retained 4kg claimer. CASA ROSADA, GALLIC GIRL and WINTER FURI have earning potential. Well-bred IRIS showed promising signs of improvement from 1st to 2nd start – should go close with another step forward likely.


#11 Iris, #1 Val Gardena, #2 Arctic Ice, #3 Lady Catherine

Durbanville, 26.09.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R46.000, 14:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Wide open. Well-bred LILAC SENSATION is entitled to improvement after blowing away the cobwebs with a recent comeback run – capable of better, so warrants respect. Speedy PIPPIELANGKOUS blows hot and cold, isn’t one to take lightly, though – could get away from her rivals at this track. GREEN LIGHT GAL won on debut, is open to any amount of improvement – must be included. Conistsent CAPTAIN’S FLO is better than disappointing last start suggests, gets 4kg off now – could surprise. However, it could pay to follow last-start winner SOCIAL BUTTERFLY who is on the up and will have more to follow.


#5 Social Butterfly, #3 Green Light Gal, #2 Pippielangkous, #1 Lilac Sensation

Durbanville, 26.09.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R46.000, 14:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky. ROLL IN THE HAY is at her best over this track and trip, could make her presence felt. MIRAGE returns from a layoff but is capable of staking a claim at this level if racing fit. DARK CRYSTAL is closely matched with the former and over this trip is capable of posing a threat too in her peak outing. DURTY NELLY bounced back with a bang last time, can confirm that to be competitive. Consistent fillies ON CAPTAIN’S SIDE and VODKA LIME cannot be discounted either, but it could pay to follow LOOK TO, who may have only won a work riders’ event on debut winner but did so impressively!


#6 Look To, #5 On Captain’s Side, #1 Roll In The Hay, #8 Vodka Lime

Durbanville, 26.09.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R85.000, 15:30GMT+2

Race Summary: This Listed feature, the main event on the card, looks likely to go the way of the in-form Snaith yard who are represented by 3 runners. LOVE HAPPENS is the pick of that trio on form and riding arrangements. Stablemates BAYBERRY and DUCHESS OF BOURBON are both capable sorts in their own right and should be competitive. Top-weight CROME YELLOW made a pleasing return to action overmshorter behind a progressive Snaith-trained 4yo and will have more to offer – poses a threat. Unexposed BLACK KNAP fits a similar profile and is also likely to make his presence felt. HERODOTUS and SILVER DE LANGE next.


#3 Love Happens, #8 Black Knap, #6 Bayberry, #1 Crome Yellow

Durbanville, 26.09.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R46.000, 16:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Good race, featuring a number of unexposed sorts with bright futures against several hard knockers. Last-start winner IRISH TRACTOR falls into the former category and, having easily beaten recent subsequent winner Northern Song when shedding his maiden tag last time out, can be followed with confidence. Fellow 3yo HOEDSPRUIT got the better of that rival when opening his account too. He should also improve stepped up in trip and can fight it out. AL’S MY DADDY should stake a claim if racing fit after a rest, while ROCKIN’ RINGO and MYHOPEANDDREAMS are also capable of making their presence felt.


#10 Irish Tractor, #9 Hoedspruit, #3 Al’s My Daddy, #4 Myhopesanddreams

Durbanville, 26.09.2020, Race 9, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R46.000, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Good race which could produce a formline to follow. TIVOLI GARDENS showed improvement in her last start and with blinkers fitted could have more to offer. A MOMENT APART is overdue but will need to do more to win, place chance. ENCHANTED CREEK caught the eye last time and if building on that run will have a role to play. ISLA MAURICIO is drawn wide but will be competitive back at this track and over this trip if getting the breaks. MARMALISA caught the eye on her introduction and with natural improvement should go close from a good gate. ROSIE ROAN and newcomer BLACK SILVER warrant respect.


#11 Marmalisa, #7 Black Silver, #4 Isla Mauricio, #1 Tivoli Gardens


Best Value Bet:

Best Longshot: #6 LOOK TO