Durbanville Preview – 13 October

RACE BY RACE PREVIEWS: DURBANVILLE@2020.10.13

Durbanville, 13.10.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 13:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive opener. SHANGAAN made good improvement in his 2nd start when 3rd over track and trip + will strip fitter for that outing = further progress expected, leading contender. Blinkered-now THE CORPORAL, improving TRACKER JACKER and recently gelded PAPER TRAIL all capable of posing a threat, while newcomers GLOBAL SPECTRUM and WEST COAST PIRATE could make their presence felt too – follow the betting moves, with regards to their chances. OTTOMAN EMPIRE is also worth a market check on debut.

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Selections:

#9 Shangaan, #10 West Coast Pirate, #6 Global Spectrum, #4 Paper Trail

Durbanville, 13.10.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 13:45GMT+2

Race Summary: GERTRUDE BELL was ahead of AUTUMN SKY when on debut – should confirm with natural improvement, although her wide draw is a concern. The latter has been thereabout in each outing – will be involved again. VARIETY BREEZE and PERFECT TRUST finished close-up here in their most recent starts – both are likely to play leading roles again if building on that improvement. WALK OF FAME is very well bred and any market support for this newcomer must be taken seriously – watch the betting. The same could be said of stablemate SILVER SABRE and another Silvano debutante ZETA JONES. Good race!

Selections:

#8 Gertrude Bell, #2 Autumn Sky, #13 Walk Of Fame, #3 Variety Breeze

Durbanville, 13.10.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R46.000, 14:20GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky 1st Leg of the day’s Pick 6 – go wide. ROSEMARY MEADOW has been 2nd in last two starts, both over course and distance, wouldn’t be winning out of turn. DO ANGELS CRY improved with experience in 2nd start, when running on well over shorter – should have more to offer over this trip, poses a threat. KATIE TO has finished close-up in both starts + likely to improve for step up in trip = can fight out the finish. ENCHANTED CREEK, SILVER MARIA and REGINA ISABELLA not beaten over shorter trips recently – can get into the action stepped up to this distance. ROYAL BLUE is another to consider.

Selections:

#8 Katie To, #6 Do Angels Cry, #1 Rosemary Meadow, #9 Regina Isabella

Durbanville, 13.10.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R46.000, 14:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Strong maiden, which the Snaith yard could dominate. Well-bred stablemates ROYAL WATCH and BENI DES DIEUX were in the money over shorter last time, both should appreciate the extra – can fight it out. ADIOS AMIGOS is another likely improver, stayed on to finish close-up over 1400m last time out – should have more to offer over the extra, will make presence felt. WARRIOR BLING has been rested/gelded since his debut 3rd in November – can stake a claim if not needing the run. FUTURA’S HOPE and MOROCCAN RETREAT have earning potential too, while GREEN SERENITY could earn a minor cheque.

Selections:

#14 Royal Watch, #8 Beni Des Dieux, #7 Adios Amigos, #3 Futura’s Hope

Durbanville, 13.10.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R46.000, 15:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Hard to assess. ORANGE BITTERS is a capable stayer, has been rested for 546 days but will be competitive if not in need of the outing – respect. Well-related TALES OF US was 3rd on his stable debut, been rested and gelded since – will have a role to play. Lightly raced stablemate ATTORNEY GENERAL steps up in trip – will be a factor with expected improvement. THE SUMMONS will make her presence felt over this trip under a 4kg claimer, though the same could be said of young 3yo LETS BOOGIE BABY who is unexposed and trying the trip. Interesting!

Selections:

#3 Attorney General, #5 The Summons, #2 Tales Of Us, #7 Lets Boogie Baby

Durbanville, 13.10.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R46.000, 16:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Intriguing contest, though hard to look beyond last-start and hat-trick scorer HURRICANE HARRY who has won his last 2 starts under a 4kg claimer, as is the case in this race. Best-weighted filly FOLLOW THE STAR probably needs further to be seen to best effect, but she is capable over this trip and weighted to run well racing fresh. SUPER SILVANO and CANE LIME ‘N SODA are closely matched – both capable of posing a threat if at best after a break. Dangerous frontrunner SPECTRA FORCE, progressive SEVENTH GEAR and unexposed CAPTAIN OF STEALTH will keep those rivals honest – can get into the money. Tricky!

Selections:

#5 Hurricane Harry, #10 Follow The Star, #3 Captain Of Stealth, #1 Super Silvano

Durbanville, 13.10.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: REALLY ROYAL could be anything, having scored over a similar trip on debut before seeing 2 others from that form win subsequently – rested since but open to any amount of improvement, include. CAPITANA brings recent race form and fitness into this race – could have the edge as a result. Last-start winners AFFIRMATION and OPERA SWING may prefer further but warrant respect. EYE CATCHING and MISS MILLSTREAM are chasing minor money.

Selections:

#3 Capitana, #2 Really Royal, #4 Affirmation, #7 Opera Swing

Durbanville, 13.10.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 17:15GMT+2

Race Summary: FATEFUL, JEAN’S MAN, SPY and WADI RUM all showed signs of a return to form last time out – must confirm improvement to feature. Consistent BRANDENBURG can never be ignored, although he’ll probably need further to be seen at his best. REGIMENTAL is capable of staking a claim but must bounce back from a disappointing last start. Progressive sorts LION’S HEAD and ALASKAN NIGHT will be competitive if not needing the run after their respective breaks. Last-start winners TICKET TO RIDE and GIMME ACES can also make their presence felt, though it could pay to follow debut winner GIACOMO PUCCINI. Open!

Selections:

#6 Giacomo Puccini, #4 Alaskan Night, #2 Lion’s Head, #5 Ticket To Ride

Best Win: #5 HURRICANE HARRY

Best Value Bet:

Best Longshot: #3 ATTORNEY GENERAL