TELLYTRACK’s Dominic Zaki expects the exotics to pay “telephone numbers” at today’s special Saturday meeting at Flamingo Park, where three features top the nine-race card and full fields are at the order of the day.

We felt for Zaki and Alistair Cohen this morning, fighting their way bravely through the exposed form with humour and bright resolve, and coming up with some tips. And yes, one needs to look at this meeting as a kind of “refresher” and go in with a positive approach. Fractional betting allows for greater participation and even minute percentages of winning exotics can get you smiling today.

The meeting presents a once-a-year chance to break away from the monotony of same-old horses, same-old way of studying form that tends to take hold during Gauteng winters and invariably puts one on a losing streak.

Here (especially for those who never touch Flamingo Park), is an opportunity to study relatively unknown form with a new lens cast over the pages of your race programme. The bias that accompanies monotonous study of the same form lines (e.g. the lower handicaps at the Vaal where different horse wins in the same bunch every week), is largely gone; the “form study” brain sees things as they are (instead of what you want them to be) and this can often bring unexpected big wins.

Accept from the start that this won’t be easy. If we had a Rand for every time a Kimberley trainer said on Tellytrack, “He’ll win if he brings his best to the race track” (if the sun doesn’t shine, it will probably be cloudy!), we’d be in the Nando’s Drive-Thru for ½ and Chips for breakfast this morning.

They don’t know, we don’t know, nobody knows… that’s Flamingo racing. The important thing: Get involved, try your luck, get the cash!

*Make sure you check scratchings and reserve runners, there have been a few.

Here is our attempt at a R432 Place Accumulator Permutation today:

Leg 1: (1) Northern Storm (4) Leaps and Bounds (6) Lady Bok
Leg 2: (1) Grizzard (10) Assisted Take Off (14) Windy Flight
Leg 3: (3) Diamond In The Sky (6) Pulcheria
Leg 4: (10) Skyfire (14) Warrior’s Stone
Leg 5: (4) Ahead Of Traffic (8) Bongo Dance
Leg 6: (1) Roquebrune (7) Modjadji (11) Bletchley
Leg 7: (1) Tuscan,(5) Peter The Wailer (6) Weskus Klong

Photo: Skyfire has a winning chance in the Diamond Stayers.

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