Durbanville Preview – 20 October

RACE BY RACE PREVIEWS: DURBANVILLE@2020.10.20

Durbanville, 20.10.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 13:15GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive opener. DOUBLE CHARGE was gelded before finishing an improved 2nd behind a useful sort last time – will have more to offer so should fight it out. ALPHA PAPPA, FORT RED and EMPIRE GLORY all met over 1000m recently – there shouldn’t be much between the trio again. Improving ROYAL FLUSH was runner-up behind a well-bred newcomer over course and distance last time out+ should have more to offer, winning chance. FREEDOM PARK returns from a break and has scope to improve, so is worth a market check. Watch the betting on the newcomers, especially DUKE’S GEM.

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Selections:

#1 Double Charge, #4 Royal Flush, #5 Freedom Park, #2 Alpha Pappa

Durbanville, 20.10.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1250m, Turf, R46.000, 13:50GMT+2

Race Summary: Good race. GAYLEACTIC STAR has finished 3rd in both her starts at this course, both over this track and trip, and should be in the money again. WIFE OF WINDSOR was also 3rd over this track and trip last time, ahead of debutante END OF ROCK, who was backed on that occasion. The latter should improve for that experience so will be hard to beat. SEA LION confirmed the promise ofher debut in a G1 2yo feature by finishing just 2 lengths off a subsequent winner last time out. She’s another likely improver and from gate No.1 should make her presence felt.

Selections:

#7 End Of Rock, #2 Wife Of Windsor, #10 Sea Lion, #1 Gayleactic Star

Durbanville, 20.10.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R46.000, 14:30GMT+2

Race Summary: Many with chances in 1st leg of the Pick 6 so go wide. REEF KNOT and EN GARDE have shown enough to earn a cheque but must raise their games to win -place chances. SACHA stayed on over shorter from a wide draw last run and should have more to offer going this distance from a better draw now. Well-related PINK TOURMALINE ran on to finish ahead of that rival and further progress expected should confirm her superiority. Improving SWAZI QUEEN was 2nd over track and trip when last seen and should make her presence felt again. MIRROR ME and SIMPLY COMPLICATED are others with claims too.

Selections:

#8 Pink Tourmaline, #3 Sacha, #4 Swazi Queen, #9 Simply Complicated

Durbanville, 20.10.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R46.000, 15:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Tricky. MELIORA has found his niche recently racing from the front with blinkers fitted – another bold bid expected, despite this drop back in distance. CELTILLUS and DUBAI LIGHTS are both useful sorts with plenty scope for improvement – can make their presence felt. MAXIUMUS showed promise on the Highveld and is open to any amount of improvement on his Cape debut, so warrantshealthy respect too. Exciting RED LARK followed up his maiden win with another on handicap debut and should have more to come over the extra 200m so is worth following again. Good race!

Selections:

#6 Red Lark, #1 Meliora, #3 Dubai Lights, #4 Maxiumus

Durbanville, 20.10.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R46.000, 15:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Intriguing contest. Progressive SUDDEN STAR and consistent hard-knocker BLACK BELT are closely matched on the form of a recent meeting and there’ll be little between the pair again on the revised terms. Unexposed AL’S MY DADDY was a good 3rd in a similar contest when returning from a break – should strip fitter, so will make his presence felt. Stable companions JAILHOUSE ROCK and PEACEFUL DAY ought to improve too for recent comeback runs – could get into the picture. HOLY WARRIOR has race fitness and proven form at this level on his side – another to consider. Others capable of staking a claim

Selections:

#5 Al’s My Daddy, #2 Sudden Star, #7 Black Belt, #4 Holy Warrior

Durbanville, 20.10.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R46.000, 16:15GMT+2

Race Summary: A race dominated by trainer Andre Nel, who saddles 5 of the 7 runners. On official ratings, and given the conditions of the race, best-weighted KAMPALACAMPARI rates the runner to beat. MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is also favourably treated on these terms but may need further and another outing after a spell inKwa-Zulu Natal. MAJESTIC MOZART makes most appeal, though, having run well in back-to-back Graded contests, the latest of which was at this track over shorter. CROME YELLOW ought to be better for a comeback run over track and trip. However, stablemate SILVER DE LANGE could upstage them all.

Selections:

#7 Silver De Lange, #3 Majestic Mozart, #4 Crome Yellow, #2 Magnificent Seven

Durbanville, 20.10.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R46.000, 16:50GMT+2

Race Summary: A race featuring several smart performers who are likely to have bigger targets in mind, none more so than QUEEN OF QUIET who ran well in 2 sprint features before finishing a good 3rd in a plate race over this distance last time – leading contender. WATER SPIRIT resumes over a distance short of her best but remains capable on her day, respect. Unexposed OUR PRIZED JEWEL appears the pick of the Crawford runners, though, and better is expected of her after a creditable effort in a 1400m Gr3 last time out. DRAMA QUEEN, ON CAPTAIN’S SIDE and CRUSADE’S PROMISE are consistent and can stake a claim.

Selections:

#3 Our Prized Jewel, #1 Queen Of Quiet, #4 Drama Queen, #8 Vomandla

Durbanville, 20.10.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R46.000, 17:25GMT+2

Race Summary: Highly regarded WINTER FLIGHT resumes after a break but needn’t be fully tuned to make a winning comeback. He was 3rd behind Equus Champ Tempting Fate on debut and the form of his last-start success has been franked by 3 subsequent winners. However, it could pay to follow progressive, race-fit SHINNECOCK who has come good after gelding. He won a similar contest under apprentice Solomons last time out and the pair could continue their winning ways. AL BRAGGA should get closer on these terms but a bigger threat is likely to come from POWER GRID. Others with chances include SKIDOO and MR COBBS.

Selections:

#8 Shinnecock, #4 Winter Flight, #3 Power Grid, #5 Al Bragga

Best Win: #7 END OF ROCK

Best Value Bet:

Best Longshot: #7 SILVER DE LANGE