Turffontein Preview – 18 March

South Africa Horse Racing Previews: TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE@2023.03.18

Turffontein Standside, 18.03.2023, Race 1, Gallops, 1000m, Turf, R90.000, 12:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Watch the first-timers, especially stablemates NETTLETON and VIVA DE JANEIRO, as well as SPROTA. If none is strongly fancied then IRON SKY and FULLIAUTOMATIX, who have been threatening to open their accounts, should contest the finish. The latter has the edge on their recent meeting. FLYING BROOMSTICK wasn’t disgraced on debut and even though looking for further, could get into Trifecta.


#2 Fulliautomatix, #1 Iron Sky, #5 Viva De Janeiro, #8 Flying Broomstick

Turffontein Standside, 18.03.2023, Race 2, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R90.000, 12:40GMT+2

Race Summary: AMERICAN BISCUIT is maturing now and should make his presence felt. Likewise FREE MOVEMENT, who is improving with racing and the extra will suit. CELTIC RUSH is having his peak run and will come on heaps. MAMBO COME TESIO showed inexperience on debut and will also relish the extra. LORNA LILLY and US OPEN could just need it.


#1 American Biscuit, #2 Free Movement, #3 Celtic Rush, #11 Mambo Come Tesio

Turffontein Standside, 18.03.2023, Race 3, Gallops, 1600m, Turf, R100.000, 13:15GMT+2

Race Summary: TRIDENT KING is in top form and the combo is on a hat-trick. GLOBAL IMPACT showed marked improvement when winning on debut as a gelding after a lengthy lay-off – respect. SEQUOIA is running well and should give another honest performance. ADMIRALTY ARCH is versatile but has yet to win beyond 1450m. ROBERT BURNS deserved his 2nd win and could go on. MERIDIUS has ability but carries a hefty 62kg.


#2 Trident King, #3 Global Impact, #9 Sequoia, #7 Admiralty Arch

Turffontein Standside, 18.03.2023, Race 4, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R110.000, 13:50GMT+2

Race Summary: WOKONDA finished a neck in front of PATON’S TEARS last time and could hold form because of the usually poor start by the latter. STRANGE MAGIC sports blinkers for the first time and any improvement should see her involved in the finish. CAPTAIN PEG has an obvious chance if regains form while stablemate FOLLOW ME could make some money. SUPREME QUEST cannot be discarded on early form.


#9 Strange Magic, #6 Wokonda, #8 Paton’s Tears, #4 Supreme Quest

Turffontein Standside, 18.03.2023, Race 5, Gallops, 1400m, Turf, R85.000, 14:25GMT+2

Race Summary: NATIONAL STAR has come well and the combo has a bright chance of completing a hat-trick. Stable companion ESCAPE ARTIST forms a strong back-up. GOLDEN SPOON has a wide draw but can get into the money. Worse drawn is WINTER MUSE. She looks decent but will have to be really good to win from there. LUNAR BALLADE and BEE IN MY BONNET are but two of many looking for minor money.


#1 National Star, #4 Golden Spoon, #3 Escape Artist, #2 Winter Muse

Turffontein Standside, 18.03.2023, Race 6, Gallops, 1800m, Turf, R150.000, 15:00GMT+2

Race Summary: The Listed Jacaranda Stakes over 1800m looks tricky. CLAFOUTIS won the recent Acacia Stakes (1600m) at long odds. She had QUEEN OF SHADOWS (2.5kg better for 0.50 lengths), TERRA TIME (1.5kg better for 1.50 lengths), GILDED BUTTERFLY (1kg better for 2.60 lengths) with EVENING PRIMROSE, BOLD FORTUNE and BUREAU DES LEGENDE further back. QUEEN OF SHADOWS could get the equation right. TIPSY TARRAGON and SISTER LIGHT are looking for Quartet money.


#10 Queen Of Shadows, #3 Clafoutis, #1 Gilded Butterfly, #2 Terra Time

Turffontein Standside, 18.03.2023, Race 7, Gallops, 1160m, Turf, R200.000, 15:35GMT+2

Race Summary: The Sycamore Sprint (Grade 3) over 1160m could depend on riding tactics. COLD FACT and MIDNIGHT GEM could set a blistering pace. KISS ME CAPTAIN and GOOD QUEEN BESS could be in the perfect position going for the judge. MARIGOLD HOTEL, MISS COOL and FLOWERBOMB will be catching late. ALULA’S STAR, EMERALD PRINCESS, DANCETILDAYLIGHT and LUCY ENGLISH could get involved.


#4 Kiss Me Captain, #14 Good Queen Bess, #5 Miss Cool, #1 Marigold Hotel

Turffontein Standside, 18.03.2023, Race 8, Gallops, 1100m, Turf, R125.000, 16:10GMT+2

Race Summary: Three runners sport blinkers for the first time; MINI COOP who needed her last outing, well-fancied CHYAVANA which could help him sit closer to the pace and FOSTINOVO who races fresh. They all could improve and warrant respect. Just off an impressive maiden win, AUSSENKEHR looks to have more to offer. VEGAS HI RISE and rested WHAT A HONEY could make the money.


#9 Mini Coop, #10 Aussenkehr, #3 Chyavana, #7 Fostinovo

Turffontein Standside, 18.03.2023, Race 9, Gallops, 1100m, Turf, R95.000, 16:45GMT+2

Race Summary: CIAN THE CONQUEROR came off a long break and was narrowly beaten. She has ability and could take the honours. SOUTH BOY is threatening for a second win and must have a chance. Stablemate SIBERIAN STEEL needed his last run and will improve. Stable companions TWICE AS WILD and VAR PARK are capable of getting into the frame. BLUE WATERS, TIME TOGETHER and RAMCHANDANI ROAD are more for the shortlist.


#2 Cian The Conqueror, #6 South Boy, #7 Siberian Steel, #11 Twice As Wild



Best Longshot: #2 CIAN THE CONQUEROR

Author: Melissa