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Picture: Kommetdieding Tipped To Win The HKJC World Pool Champions Cup (Zanele Zulu/African News Agency (ANA))

1 12H20 – Marshalls World Of Sport Darley Arabian (Listed Handicap)

Great day – expect the pools to be exceptional and get your TAB bets on early! GENTLEMAN’S WAGER has been unlucky not to get his name on the scoreboard yet but this could be his day. He holds many on various runs and has no problems with the poly. REUNION has a bit to find with the former but may prefer the poly and could be hard to peg back once in front. SAVANNAH STORM is another that can get away if allowed to lead and needs to be taken seriously. There should be a good pace on and SILVANO’S TIMER like GENTLEMAN’S WAGER can mow them down. More with quartet claims.
Watch out for: LOOK FOR HOUNDS (2)
2 13H00 – Prosport International Debutante (Grade 2) (2 Year Old Fillies)
GOBSMACKED could be hard to beat on local debut. She is unbeaten on the Highveld and having won round the turn last time could remain so on her first visit to Hollywoodbets Greyville. RIDE ON has drawn a bit wide which is unfortunate. She showed class in the Grade 2 Golden Slipper and needs to be taken seriously. West Cape filly GOLDEN HOSTESS has improved with each start and ran out an easy winner last time. She could be anything and is bred for further too. ONLY HEARTS and ANTIGUA NIGHT both produced fair efforts in the Golden Slipper and have drawn well. Must go into exotics.
Watch out for: RIDE ON (10)
3 13H35 – Epol Umkhomazi Stakes (Grade 2) (2 Year-Olds)
FORMAGEAR was thrown in the deep end in the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe last time and after racing up handy for most of the way only tired out the money late. On a line through Laguna Verde though it could get close between him and MERCANTOUR who has been impressive on the Highveld. The latter will be out to maintain an unbeaten record over 1200 metres. It doesn’t end there. CAPTAIN BOMBSHELL was eye catching in the Grade 1 Gold Medallion and has room for further improvement. RIDGERUNNER showed inexperience when beaten by MERCANTOUR last time but can strengthen up. OCEAN TIME is also capable.
Watch out for: FORMAGEAR (4)
4 14H15 – Thekwini Stakes (Grade 1) (2 Year-Old Fillies)
Wide open as most are open to improvement over the longer distance. AMEENA impressed in the Grade 2 Golden Slipper and is unbeaten at Hollywoodbets Greyville but has drawn wide. TIME FOR ORCHIDS was also finishing well in the drive to the wire. AMEENA’s stable mate HOLD MY HAND finished second in open company on debut and then beat her elders easily. She could make the required improvement. CANADIAN SUMMER met a fair sort in Feather Boa last time – has every chance. BLESS MY STARS, LITTLEMARYSUNSHINE, NONE OTHER and KILL SHOT rate dangers as well.
Top Tip: AMEENA (14)
Watch out for: NONE OTHER (8)
5 14H50 – Premiers Champion Stakes (Grade 1) (2 Year-Olds)
COUSIN CASEY changed tactics by coming from off the pace winning the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe easily. In his penultimate this versatile sort went start to finish and both form lines are looking good. LAGUNA VERDE had to overcome a wide draw when not far off COUSIN CASEY and now has the better draw. He could turn it around as he should also prefer the trip. QUANTUM THEORY held off LAGUNA VERDE by a nose earlier and is 2kg worse off. However he has gate one and also has scope. ROYAL VICTORY was eye catching behind COUSIN CASEY and has won over the trip. BILLY BOWLEGS could be the dark horse.
Watch out for: COUSIN CASEY (9)
6 15H30 – Mercury Sprint (Grade 1)
CAPTAIN’S RANSOM will be out to make amends after having not run to her best in her last two Grade 1 attempts here. Hopefully all goes right with her – she will enjoy a fast pace and is again weighted to win. MASTER ARCHIE found himself a bit far back when trying this track last time. He is also a lot better than the form line suggests and could prove a big threat. ALESIAN CHIEF was rewarded with a Grade 1 last time but along with BIG BURN has a bit to find to beat MASTER ARCHIE and it could get close. BIG BURN has drawn ideally and will also look to turn it around with CAPTAIN’S RANSOM.
Watch out for: MASTER ARCHIE (8)
7 16H05 – Marshalls World Of Sport Gold Cup (Grade 3)
The title of SA’s top stayer is up for grabs. The title went to NEBRAAS last year and while he won the Gold Cup with a light weight, he went on to impress with big weights in Highveld features. Worthy favourite. However there are a few that could depose him but will need luck. ARAGOSTA found trouble in running in the Hollywoodbets Durban July and could have finished much closer. He looks tailor-made for a race like this. SHANGANI put his best foot forward beating NEBRAAS in a prep and will be out to do it in a Grade 3! DECORATED has a knack of coming up with a big race effort – watch out!
Top Tip: NEBRAAS (4)
Watch out for: BLACK THORN (5)
8 16H50 – HKJC World Pool Champions Cup (Grade 1)
Last year’s victor JET DARK ran a cracker in the Hollywoodbets Durban July finishing ahead of, among others, KOMMETDIEDING, ASTRIX, AL MUTHANA and LINEBACKER. He takes a while to get going but now in top form should be the one. KOMMETDIEDING had his measure in the Cape Met but did have draw one versus JET DARK’s nine. Could get close. LINEBACKER had excuses in the July and he finished ahead of JET DARK in the Gold Challenge and could get into the fight again. However AL MUTHANA beat the pair with a swooping finish and is another to take seriously. ASTRIX and RUSSIAN ROCK deserve respect.
Watch out for: JET DARK (5)
9 17H25 – Gold Bracelet (Grade 2) (Fillies And Mares At Weight-For-Age + Penalties)
MARINA could be back to her best. She ran second in the Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes finishing ahead of Woolavington winner Silver Darling, Captain’s Ransom and others. She will need to get going sooner but is going the longer trip now. SPRINKLES has run some terrific races on the Highveld and wasn’t disgraced in the Woolavington. She races fresh and could come out firing. PINK TOURMALINE showed her class in the Track And Ball Oaks and is taking a drop in class. It’s anybody’s guess how she’ll go at this track. KAILENE, KEEP ON DANCING, FOLLOW THE STAR and SILVER MARIA have upset chances.

Watch out for: MARINA (10)

10 18H00 – Marshalls World Of Sport Umngeni Handicap (Listed)
Wide open race to end. MOUNT PLEASANT finished well behind AFTER THE RAIN, PRAY FOR RAIN and MR COBBS but is patently better than that run. He could appreciate the switch to the poly surface. AFTER THE RAIN is very hard to pass if allowed to lead. He has some very good form in the bank and could fend them off. Three-year-old ISIVUNGUVUNGU won a good race a few runs back beating some talented sorts and can get better as he is maturing. He wasn’t far back in the Grade 2 Post Merchants last time and could show the strength of that form. VASEEM and ANNA CAPRI could be anything on the poly.

Watch out for: GALLIC CHIEF (8)