Vaal Preview – 2 February


Vaal Classic, 02.02.2021, Race 1, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R70.000, 12:35GMT+2

Race Summary: The runner with form is OCEANS PRIDE who races before this, however, he has had 36 tries to escape the maidens. Watch the betting market.


#3 Oceans Pride, #6 Lady Calavera, #2 Artscape, #1 Fateofthefurious

Vaal Classic, 02.02.2021, Race 2, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R70.000, 13:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Another race where KUMMA looks a cut above those that have raced. First-timers SEQUOIA (could be anything) and respect money for HOPE IS POWER as well as VOLLUTO – watch the betting.


#3 Kuuma, #4 Sequoia, #5 Volluto, #1 Hope Is Power

Vaal Classic, 02.02.2021, Race 3, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R70.000, 13:35GMT+2

Race Summary: HEAVENS GIRL is well fancied to win before this but if takes her place could do it. TAKE CONTROL wasn’t disgraced on debut and will know more about it. Watch the first-timers especially SOUND OF WARNING, TIME TO CELEBRATE and FRANCA.


#3 Heavens Girl, #6 Sound Of Warning, #7 Take Control, #9 Time To Celebrate

Vaal Classic, 02.02.2021, Race 4, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R70.000, 14:05GMT+2

Race Summary: GRIMALDI wasn’t disgraced on debut and will come on heaps. He should make up the 0.50 lengths deficit with SHADOW CREEK who races before this. SOLDIERS SONG ran on strongly after a rest and should be in contention on collateral form. Stablemate WHITE FANG never produced form last time – watch. IMPERIAL DUKE has been placed in all 3 runs and could improve the stats. PARALLAX and MCBISI could make the frame.


#14 Grimaldi, #3 White Fang, #8 Soldiers Song, #6 Shadow Creek

Vaal Classic, 02.02.2021, Race 5, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R70.000, 14:40GMT+2

Race Summary: SENESCENCE is having her peak run and should make her presence felt. PERFECT PASSION should be catching late if settles early. Stable companions HOT GOODS and RIZZOLI could take home lesser cheques. MASAAKEN will appreciate the slightly shorter trip and shouldn’t be far off. Stablemates WONDEROUS and SOPHIA’S FIRST could place.


#7 Senescence, #6 Perfect Passion, #1 Masaaken, #4 Rizzoli

Vaal Classic, 02.02.2021, Race 6, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R77.500, 15:10GMT+2

Race Summary: None of the 9 runners can be ruled out. Stable companions ODD ROB, TOP SHOT and ZEAL AND ZEST are all in with chances and any could come out trumps. PORT KEY won full of running last time and could go in again. TYRUS EXPRESS never recovered after stumbling at the start last time but is in with a chance. POMANDER runs before this and could be finding form – watch the form.


#1 Odd Rob, #5 Tyrus Express, #4 Zeal And Zest, #6 Port Key

Vaal Classic, 02.02.2021, Race 7, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R70.000, 15:40GMT+2

Race Summary: EMALINE enjoyed this trip and will probably stay a lot further. She should be right there. LEGAL STAR found obstacles last time and should be thereabouts. TARTAN DANCER is holding form and if the underfoot conditions are soft then her chances improve considerably. Stablemate MAGOGO showed improvement sporting blinkers. CONSOL QUEEN is holding form and could get into the reckoning.


#4 Emaline, #1 Legal Star, #5 Tartan Dancer, #3 Consol Queen

Vaal Classic, 02.02.2021, Race 8, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R70.000, 16:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive. Lightly raced SHE’S A CRACKER was rested after her maiden win when she accounted for CHENOPOD. The latter won with consummate ease subsequently and it could again get close, the weights being equal. NABEELA was cut into last time and her run best be ignored. TRAVELING WILBURY will enjoy the extra and must be considered. Others could pop up.


#6 She’s A Cracker, #8 Chenopod, #2 Nabeela, #4 Traveling Wilbury

Vaal Classic, 02.02.2021, Race 9, Gallops, 1200m, Turf, R70.000, 16:40GMT+2

Race Summary: PUSH OFF is back over his winning distance and the combo could get back on track. ICE EATER is running well and could go one better after 2 consecutive seconds. CROWN GUARDIAN is drawn wide but comes from off the pace and could record his 4th win in succession. GALACTIC WARRIOR could prefer the minimum trip but could keep up the gallop. LOUIS THE SEVENTH finished ahead of LIQUID last time but needs to confirm.


#3 Push Off, #4 Crown Guardian, #5 Ice Eater, #1 Galactic Warrior


Best Value Bet: #6 SHE’S A CRACKER

Best Longshot: #6 SHE’S A CRACKER

Author: Melissa