Vaal Preview – 19 November


Vaal, 19.11.2020, Race 1, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R70.000, 12:35GMT+2

Race Summary: DESERT PRIDE eased in the betting on debut but finished strongly to finish a close second. She is drawn on the inside. Likewise, GOLDEN EAGLE found little support on debut but ran on nicely to finish a close-up third. She has a wide draw to contend with. LIGHTNING LASS needed her last run and could get into the mix. LOVE OF LONDON hasn’t been disgraced in two starts and could make the frame. Watch newcomer WEDDING BLISS.



#9 Desert Pride, #10 Golden Eagle, #3 Lightning Lass, #4 Love Of London

Vaal, 19.11.2020, Race 2, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R70.000, 13:05GMT+2

Race Summary: The first race should give an indication which side of the track offers runners the best run to the line, so keep that in mind. LOVING THE VICTORY was backed in both starts but was not striding out last time. She has obvious ability and could show her true potential. ROSE WILLOW (on debut) and DIFFERENTIATE finished strongly but the former could have more improvement to come. Others are looking for minor money. Watch newcomers, NOMMO, OFFSIDES and WHITE SHADOW.


#11 Got You, #13 Nommo, #15 Rose Willow, #1 Differentiate

Vaal, 19.11.2020, Race 3, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R70.000, 13:40GMT+2

Race Summary: PUSH OFF drifted in the betting on debut but ran on smartly to finish a close third. He will come on. FORWARD MARCH hasn’t been far behind in all 6 starts and deservers a consistency reward. ESKIMO PIE found some support on debut but disappointed. He has been rested, gelded and blinkers are on. Respect any support. JET CAT has been consistent and should again be in the money. Watch first-timer JUST PHENOMENAL.


#2 Push Off, #11 Forward March, #9 Eskimo Pie, #1 Jet Cat

Vaal, 19.11.2020, Race 4, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R70.000, 14:15GMT+2

Race Summary: An open contest. The 7-year-old gelding SHORTSTOP always gives a genuine showing and could chalk up win number seven. SOUL CONNECTION was a bit unlucky when going down a head to CROWN GUARDIAN but could have his revenge being 1.5kg better off. GANG LEADER shows plenty of speed but needs to keep up the gallop. SNOW IN SEATTLE can get into the action. Expect a better performance from IRREVOCABLE DREAM. FOREVER LIGHT could take home another cheque.


#7 Shortstop, #3 Soul Connection, #5 Crown Guardian, #4 Gang Leader

Vaal, 19.11.2020, Race 5, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R77.500, 14:50GMT+2

Race Summary: This could turn into a very interesting affair. CAVIVAR has ability. She needed her last run and has been given enough time, however, she finished distressed in her only try over this distance. ELUSIVE WOMAN could try outrun her and could keep on galloping but this could indirectly benefit MARYGOLD who will finish off strongly despite it being a prep run. GAIAN GLORY may just need the outing. LAETITIA’S ANGEL is running well and the 4kg claim could assist.


#5 Cavivar, #8 Elusive Woman, #3 Marygold, #1 Gaian Glory

Vaal, 19.11.2020, Race 6, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R70.000, 15:25GMT+2

Race Summary: This apprentice race is wide open, so expect the unexpected. SECRETS OF MAYA (not disgraced post-maiden), GOLD ROCK (fatigued last time), OUT OF THE RAINBOW (coughing last 2), GET SET and companion FLY NORTH (both holding form), STREET FLYER (slow starter) and SUPA MUFTI (5 of 6 wins this trip) make up the short list. There are more capable of popping up.


#10 Fly North, #9 Get Set, #3 Out Of The Rainbow, #15 Supa Mufti

Vaal, 19.11.2020, Race 7, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R77.500, 16:00GMT+2

Race Summary: SPANISH BOY is in form and should have the measure of SILVER MASTER, WRITTEN IN STONE and HOLY MAN judged on their recent meeting. SAVIOUR is maturing nicely and could go in again. ODEN comes off a long break but has won fresh before so cannot be ignored. BALLON D’OR won his only attempt over this trip and could double up. Others are looking for minor money.


#3 Spanish Boy, #14 Saviour, #9 Ballon D’Or, #1 Oden

Vaal, 19.11.2020, Race 8, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R77.500, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Expect a competitive race. GLOWTORIA is threatening to record a second victory and it could be her day. THE FIFTH WAVE is running well and should again be in the money. TWELVE OAKS should be right on top of her on collateral form. Stable companion PERSICA could go in again but appears moody, however, MAY QUEEN could turn it around on 1kg better terms for a length beating. Others could improve to place.


#8 Glowtoria, #7 The Fifth Wave, #10 Twelve Oaks, #13 May Queen

Vaal, 19.11.2020, Race 9, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R70.000, 17:15GMT+2

Race Summary: WINE TASTING wasn’t disgraced when well beaten by highly rated Malmoos last time and meets a lot weaker opposition. He rates a good bet. OCEANIA has three races to her credit and could challenge. SPEECHMAKER has been consistently close-up and should be in the picture again. BITTER WIND comes off a maiden win and has scope for improvement. HEAR THE TRUMPET and INITIATOR could make the quartet.


#1 Wine Tasting, #3 Oceania, #13 Speechmaker, #2 Bitter Wind


Best Value Bet: #8 GLOWTORIA

Best Longshot: #8 GLOWTORIA