Vaal Preview – 16 February

RACE BY RACE PREVIEWS: VAAL CLASSIC@2021.02.16

Vaal Classic, 16.02.2021, Race 1, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R70.000, 12:35GMT+2

Race Summary: DANCING ARABIAN has been in the money in all 3 starts and could improve those stats. ALL AGLOW is improving nicely and will relish the longer distance. WICHITA has been disappointing but bled last time. She could come right in new surroundings. DUTCHESSBERNADETTE, RIVETING, CRUSADE TO ROYALTY and OCEANS PRIDE could make the frame. Watch debutante DEVILISH DANCER.

Selections:

#9 All Aglow, #1 Dancing Arabian, #2 Wichita, #11 Devilish Dancer

Vaal Classic, 16.02.2021, Race 2, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R70.000, 13:05GMT+2

Race Summary: NUSSPLY has blinkers back on and could finish off strongly. On the other hand GENIE showed no improvement in blinkers but has a chance on his penultimate effort. IMPERIAL DUKE has been in the money in all 3 starts but needs to go on with it. MANTERIO is better than his last run and should get into the action. CONFESSOR could place. Look for improvement from DANCE PARTNER.

Selections:

#5 Nussply, #2 Manterio, #1 Imperial Duke, #3 Genie

Vaal Classic, 16.02.2021, Race 3, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R70.000, 13:35GMT+2

Race Summary: Competitive. DOUBLE MARTINI worked hard to open his account last time but he can only improve. Stable companion SOMASONIC needed his last run and should come on heaps. VALIDUS and MOHICAN are having their peak runs and cannot be ignored. BIRDWATCHER wasn’t disgraced last time and is better over 1600m. BOLD RESOLVE could feature if settles early. FRED and CONTRAIL are looking for Quartet money.

Selections:

#1 Somasonic, #5 Double Martini, #7 Birdwatcher, #3 Mohican

Vaal Classic, 16.02.2021, Race 4, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R70.000, 14:05GMT+2

Race Summary: Good race. BRAND NEW CADILLAC stays well and always gives a run for money. DON’T LOOK BACK has come well in his new surroundings and will be catching late. He could complete a hat-trick. PORT KEY has a chance on his penultimate but the pace set this time may not suit him as much. CASH TIME is running well but could find it a touch on the far side. SMILEY RIVER could feature off a handy weight. GOLD GRIFFIN could feature if puts it in. Blinkers could help SET THE STANDARD.

Selections:

#2 Brand New Cadillac, #6 Don’T Look Back, #3 Port Key, #4 Cash Time

Vaal Classic, 16.02.2021, Race 5, Gallops, 2400m, Turf, R70.000, 14:40GMT+2

Race Summary: Wide open. KOOL BAIKAL is back over the right distance and could chalk up a 2nd win. Stablemate SHE’S A CRACKER is also looking for this distance and forms a strong back-up. Also trying the marathon distance is LIVERPOOL LEGEND who shouldn’t be far off. PLUM FIELD cannot be ignored for money. CONSOL QUEEN, IDEAL WOLFF and SO LONG SPRING are more for the short list.

Selections:

#7 Kool Baikal, #6 She’s A Cracker, #14 Liverpool Legend, #16 Plum Field

Vaal Classic, 16.02.2021, Race 6, Gallops, 2000m, Turf, R77.500, 15:15GMT+2

Race Summary: MAGICAL FLIGHT jumps up in distance. She has honest form but her stamina will be tested. CURVATION is back over a preferred distance and could turn it around with FORT ANNE on 1kg better terms. TRAVELING WILBURY has not been far back to date and should give another honest performance. OCEAN FOREST and stablemate LADY AMHERST as well as inmates JIVE EXPRESS and NABEELA are among others looking to feature.

Selections:

#10 Curvation, #3 Magical Flight, #11 Traveling Wilbury, #6 Ocean Forest

Vaal Classic, 16.02.2021, Race 7, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R70.000, 15:50GMT+2

Race Summary: PAMUSHANA’S PRIDE worked hard for victory over Earth Shaker last time but the latter went down narrowly to useful Nartjie recently. He rates the one to beat. FSQUADRON was hampered by a slipped saddle last time but on his penultimate effort shouldn’t be far off. HAVE A GO JO disappointed somewhat in his last run and is a lot better. AFRAAD, USHUAIA and ROCKY PATH could take home minor money.

Selections:

#3 Pamushana’s Pride, #4 Fsquadron, #1 Have A Go Jo, #7 Afraad

Vaal Classic, 16.02.2021, Race 8, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R70.000, 16:25GMT+2

Race Summary: OSCAR WILDE tries this track for the first time and could resume winning ways. He beat PUTINS PROMISE by nearly 3 lengths in November and is 1.5kg better off so should confirm. PRINCE EVLANOFF comes off a rest after not striding out but runs well fresh. SHORTSTOP has earned his keep and could pick up another cheque. SUITED CONNECTOR improved when winning on the 2nd time of asking and could go on. SILVER MASTER could make the frame.

Selections:

#1 Oscar Wilde, #4 Putins Promise, #2 Prince Evlanoff, #7 Shortstop

Vaal Classic, 16.02.2021, Race 9, Gallops, 1450m, Turf, R70.000, 16:55GMT+2

Race Summary: Both PECAN PIE and SO THEY SAY come off maiden wins and both won’t stop there. ENTENTE is coming back to form and should get into the picture. Stable companions SOUL OF WIT and FEATHER THE NEST have claims while TRAPICHE, MODE, LOUVAIN, ROYAL LILY and EVENING RISE could get into the mix.

Selections:

#6 Pecan Pie, #5 Entente, #3 So They Say, #11 Soul Of Wit

Best Win: #3 PAMUSHANA’S PRIDE

Best Value Bet: #7 KOOL BAIKAL

Best Longshot: #7 KOOL BAIKAL