Durbanville Preview – 3 October


Durbanville, 03.10.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 12:25GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive opener. PERFECT PRINCESS reaffirmed last time out over course and distance, finished 2nd behind highly regarded newcomer – will be a factor with a repeat of that effort but has a wide draw to overcome. MA BLACK wasn’t far off that rival, likely to improve for that introduction – can make her presence felt. RAIN IN NEWMARKET also caught the eye on debut, staying on well over shorter at this track – expect big improvement now stepped up in trip, can fight it out. MADAM SEVILLE, WIFE OF WINDSOR and FLY TO RIO can get a look in too. Watch the betting on each the 4 well-bred newcomers.



#9 Rain In Newmarket, #1 Perfect Princess, #7 Ma Black, #5 End Of Rock

Durbanville, 03.10.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 13:00GMT+2

Race Summary: DESERT ILLUSION makes most appeal of those with form after a recent 2nd over track and trip – on the shortlist. Both NOMORE MR NICEGUY and LORD MARMITE are capable of posing a threat to that rival if building on the improvement shown last time out – respect. REAL GONE KID is another likely improver after a fair introduction – include. Follow the betting moves on the newcomers as the market should prove a guide to their chances on debut. Pay careful attention to BRIGHT KEY, EXCELSIOR, ON YOUR MARKS, well-bred Frankel colt JUAN CARLOS and WOLF MAN. Hard to assess!


#1 Desert Illusion, #13 Real Gone Kid, #9 Juan Carlos, #14 Wolf Man

Durbanville, 03.10.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R46.000, 13:35GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky. CONTACT ZONE has the form to play a role in the outcome but his wide draw does his chances no favours, will need luck in running. The same applies to stablemates SABINA’S PRODIGY and SHANGAAN who will also need things to go their way to contest the finish. CANARY ISLAND is a likely improver after gelding – can make his presence felt. MAGICAL MIDLANDS caught the eye in his first start as a gelding, would have come on since + should have more to offer = player. TRAVEL MASTER was penned in the ‘little black book’ after an eye-catching debut, that outing + this trip will bring improvement.


#16 Travel Master, #13 Magical Midlands, #3 Canary Island, #4 Sabina’s Prodigy

Durbanville, 03.10.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R46.000, 14:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Open. GATE SIXTY NINE runs well for her 4kg claimer, was only collared late last time over track and trip – could get away if allowed to dictate. Well-related PINK TOURMALINE has a bit to find on that form, would’ve come on for that intro and the step up in trip will suit – poses a threat. LOVE NOTE was backed on debut, not beaten far in 6th – another to have improved since, can play a role up in trip. Well-bred MARINA fared better on debut and will also appreciate sterner test of stamina. A value bet proposition. SACHA went close last start, will be a factor. KAROO WINTER and KUNMING have claims too.


#9 Marina, #11 Sacha, #8 Love Note, #10 Pink Tourmaline

Durbanville, 03.10.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 14:43GMT+2

Race Summary: Snaith-trained runners CAPTAIN TATTERS and RIO QUERARI could dominate. Both enjoyed fruitful 3yo campaigns, should train on and are well-weighted to play forward roles on their seasonal reappearances – the former is best treated by the conditions, appears the pick of stable jock Richard Fourie. Progressive PURPLE CLOUD, 3rd in 3yo feature when last seen, and unexposed MY BESTIE (recently gelded) are the obvious threats. Both are probably better than rated, so warrant respect. Good race!


#2 Captain Tatters, #1 Rio Querari, #6 My Bestie, #5 Purple Cloud

Durbanville, 03.10.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R100.000, 15:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Smashing renewal. High-class mare CLOUDS UNFOLD failed to fire in KZN but lost nothing in defeat in 2 starts there – weighted to win on her 5yo bow, likely to have bigger targets on her Cape Summer agenda, though. THIRD RUNWAY has enjoyed an ideal prep into this race, unbeaten over track and trip too – will play a prominent role. PRETTY YOUNG THING is ideally distance suited. Runs well fresh and poses a threat. MISSISIPPI BURNING won Cape and KZN Fillies Guineas last season, has nothing to prove – warrants utmost respect. Both CAPTAIN’S RANSOM and CAYA COCO are smart 3YOs, can make presence felt.


#3 Third Runway, #4 Pretty Young Thing, #2 Missisippi Burning, #1 Clouds Unfold

Durbanville, 03.10.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R125.000, 15:55GMT+2

Race Summary: KASIMIR finished strongly from a wide draw over 1200m in a Grade 1 last time, lost nothing in defeat there and ran as if this step up in trip would be well within his reach. Hard to oppose. TWIST OF FATE lost his way in KZN, promoted his connections to geld this classy and capable son of Master Of My Fate – could reaffirm now, may pose a threat. SNOW REPORT and COUNT JACK enjoyed lucrative 3yo campaigns – both are likely to improve for recent comebacks, so can get into the picture. READY STEADY GO is as honest as the day is long, rarely runs a bad race – can earn a cheque again. Must see!


#1 Kasimir, #2 Twist Of Fate, #3 Snow Report, #9 Count Jack

Durbanville, 03.10.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 16:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky. Hard to look beyond consistent and versatile PHIL’S DANCER who has not missed the money in 9 starts, capable over this trip and proven when racing fresh. He is a leading contender. Candice Bass-Robinson’s runners are likely to pose the biggest threat, with FIFTYSHADESDARKER preferred to stablemates ZARINA and LEMON DELIGHT who both return from well-deserved breaks after promising 2yo campaigns. Last-start maiden winner CAPITANA and unexposed SONIC BURST aren’t without chances either, while MALEDIMO could also make her presence felt dropped in class after contesting a Gr1 last time. Quartet bets on?


#2 Phil’s Dancer, #5 Fiftyshadesdarker, #6 Lemon Delight, #9 Zarina

Best Win: #1 KASIMIR

Best Value Bet:

Best Longshot: #9 MARINA