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When encumbered to find a best bet on every race card, a tipster is usually confronted with two scenarios.

The first is when the good thing stands out for even those with impaired vision to see, such as War Of Athena contesting a Pinnacle Stakes against her own sex.

The far more regular state of affairs is when one has to deal with a complicated card loaded with moderate handicaps. In cases like that, one has to delve more deeply into the form of the runners and analyse each performance prudently.

Getting it right usually means the horse will go off a at a good price and produce a lucrative profit.

That is the case at the Vaal tomorrow where nothing obvious stands out. But in Race 8, a Classified Stakes over 1800m, trainer Ashley Fortune sends out Dame Of Flames.

This will be the first time this three-year-old daughter of Futura will be taking on the males, but she is in a group of the best handicapped runners.

She has only raced five times, placing in her first four starts before running out a facile four-length winner over Watch Me Closely.

While not victorious next time, the runner-up did triumph a race later, while sixth-placed finisher Three Hills, beaten 7.80 lengths, not only won her next start but was then touched off a short head in a FM 73 Handicap by Crusade To Royalty over 1800m a race later.

The form has been franked, and now that Dame Of Flames has paid a visit to the winner’s enclosure, more can be expected.   

She is lightly raced and certainly has plenty room for improvement, which is more that can be said for most of her rivals.   

Ryan Munger rode her for the first time when she won, and he is back on board for this race. He also has the benefit of jumping from No 1 draw.

Jack Milner’s selections

Race 1: 3 Night Lily, 4 Sing Girl Sing, 5 Ubiquitas, 1 Tuuletar

Race 2: 7 Western Dance, 5 Ideal Wolff, 1 Madabout Fashion, 11 Ontheverge

Race 3: 9 Right Choice, 7 Moonshiningthrough, 1 Bequest, 8 Rise As One

Race 4: 6 Samoa, 5 Fantasy Flower, 10 Pick A Lily, 8 Brooklyn Bridge, 9 Sabrina Fairchild

Race 5: 8 Benguela Cove, 9 Goddess Of Light, 3 Florentine, 6 Bat Out Of Hell

Race 6: 2 Elusive Swann, 6 Indus Knight, 5 Sybaris, 3 Evening Rise

Race 7: 8 Sister Light, 1 Leading Lad, 2 Southern Blaze, 3 Flashy Apache

Race 8: 7 Dame Of Flames, 10 Liverpool Legend, 16 Saffron Rain, 2 Call Me Master


Race 8 No 7 Dame Of Flames


Race 1 No 3 Night Lily


Race 7 1×8 – Jack Milner