Vaal Preview – 8 October


Vaal Classic, 08.10.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R70.000, 11:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Paul Peter has 6 runners including 3 first-timers – watch the money. LOVE LIES took a walk in the betting on debut and could prove best of them. HURRICANE HEDLEY is improving nicely and should be thereabouts. COURTNEY LEIGH races before this and if takes her place could feature. PAW PATROL has been refitted with blinkers and could get into the reckoning.



#3 Hurricane Hedley, #8 Love Lies, #13 Courtney Leigh, #1 Paw Patrol

Vaal Classic, 08.10.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R70.000, 12:10GMT+2

Race Summary: SEA WAYS gave start in all 3 races and finished off strongly, however, if tardily off again he could get up late at this track. LOCAL KNOWLEDGE should run a genuine race from pole position. He is coupled with newcomer VADNAAN – watch. QUATTRO PASSI is running close-up and shouldn’t be far off again. ENRICO CECCHETTI races before this – watch. SECRETS OF MAYA has a shout if confirms his last effort.


#6 Sea Ways, #2 Local Knowledge, #1 Quattro Passi, #5 Secrets Of Maya

Vaal Classic, 08.10.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R70.000, 12:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive race. ONLY THE BRAVE has a good barrier position and could open her account. TINDERS CHOICE wasn’t disgraced on debut and will come on heaps. MYNAGE had breathing problems in her last 2 but a rest could get her back on track. MAKE A PENNY, EXTRAVERT and LHASA START (runs before this) are more for the short list.


#10 Only The Brave, #13 Tinders Choice, #7 Mynage, #9 Make A Penny

Vaal Classic, 08.10.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R70.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Both WHIPPING BOY and GOLDEN DUKE were runners-up in their last 2 runs and looking to go one better. Despite a worse draw the former gets the nod. Look for improvement from RAMCHANDANI ROAD who has more to come. STOP FOR NOTHING never recovered from a slow start last time. KINGS ARCHER has found form and could get into the mix. BALLON D’OR has a chance if repeats his last run.


#7 Whipping Boy, #8 Golden Duke, #9 Ramchandani Road, #6 Stop For Nothing

Vaal Classic, 08.10.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R70.000, 13:50GMT+2

Race Summary: Stable companions MIND READER and CLAREMORRIS fought it out last time and the latter was 2nd best. The 1kg difference could make it even closer. SPEECHMAKER was a further 2 lengths behind but is 3kg better off with the winner. Not out of it. MAY QUEEN was a deserved maiden winner last time and could go on. FLORENCE, DIAMONDS ‘N DUST and NYMERIA could make the frame.


#3 Claremorris, #1 Mind Reader, #6 Speechmaker, #2 May Queen

Vaal Classic, 08.10.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R85.000, 14:25GMT+2

Race Summary: REBEL’S CHAMP ran indifferently in his 2nd run after a rest but runs well at this course and could redeem himself. Stablemates AMERICAN HUSTLE and CHIEF OF STATE are capable but need to find form. RIVARINE races before this but is best over the minimum distance and must be respected if he takes his place. He is coupled with ORAVAR who if in the mood could take it. OLD MAN TYME shouldn’t be far back but is yet to win over 1000m.


#2 Rebel’s Champ, #4 Old Man Tyme, #1 Rivarine, #3 American Hustle

Vaal Classic, 08.10.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R77.500, 15:05GMT+2

Race Summary: KEEP SMILING is well in under the conditions but may not be as fit as stable companion INVISIBLE who hurt her mouth last time. AFTERNOON TEA wasn’t disgraced in her 2 KZN runs and if settles early will find a finish. LOUIS GEM won when not seriously fancied on debut and could come on heaps. LET THERE BE LIGHT toyed with her field when opening her account and could improve more.


#3 Invisible, #2 Keep Smiling, #8 Afternoon Tea, #7 Louis Gem

Vaal Classic, 08.10.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R77.500, 15:45GMT+2

Race Summary: NAFOORAH won well last week and will carry more weight. If he runs could go on. LEOPOLD was sluggish to start last time and may have made his move too early. Respect. CORNISH POMODORO races as a gelding now after a rest but has ability and could win fresh. INDY GO is never far behind and should run an honest race. HELLOFARIDE, PACK LEADER and IMPERIAL MASTER could get into the mix.


#2 Leopold, #4 Cornish Pomodoro, #9 Nafoorah, #5 Indy Go

Vaal Classic, 08.10.2020, Race 9, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R77.500, 16:25GMT+2

Race Summary: ROCK YOU is having her 2nd run after a lay-off and could just be short a run. LEAGUE OF HER OWN finished ahead of JACKO BOY and TARTAN DANCER last time and could confirm the form. SACRED LOTUS is in form and could go in again. One-time winner MEERCAT has it all to do with 60kg on her back. Others could get into the money.


#3 League Of Her Own, #4 Rock You, #2 Jacko Boy, #6 Sacred Lotus

Best Win: #2 REBEL’S CHAMP

Best Value Bet: #7 WHIPPING BOY

Best Longshot: #7 WHIPPING BOY