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Picture: Thefutureisbright has been selected to win the Grade 3 Drakenstein Stud Cape Summer Stayers Handicap (Wayne Marks).  

 

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R1 12H:40 – World Sports Betting Supports The Western Cape Equine Trust Maiden Plate

Competitive maiden. Well-bred VELDSKOEN was backed on debut when finishing a close-up 2nd to a highly rated stable companion almost 15 months ago. He ought to have improved so could be worth backing to make a winning return. Both CAFE CULTURE and SERVILIUS are also likely to improve after pleasing introductions when attracting betting support. GIMME’S LADDIE and Highveld raider BLACK EGRET have both the form and experience to make their presence felt too. TRIPPI T, CAPITAINE MAURICE, CIDER HOUSE RULES and SAN PEDRO could get into the picture. Watch newcomer GOLDEN PEACE.
 
Top Tip: CIDER HOUSE RULES (9)
Watch out for: VELDSKOEN (13)
 
R2 13H15 – Amy Miller Memorial Maiden Plate (F & M)
Another competitive Cape Town maiden. RAFEEF’S CHOICE appears the pick of Andre Nel’s runners on riding arrangements and could be worth another chance reverting to this trip with a tongue-tie fitted. However, it could be worth following stablemate ON BOARD who was an encouraging 2nd on debut against male opposition. She ought to have come on since and should have more to offer up in trip. Well-bred Highveld raider SHARAPOVA was also 2nd on debut and should improve with that experience, so should make her presence felt. ALLENDE and GLOBAL SONGSTRESS could have a say too. Don’t ignore SHES ALL GOLD.
 
Top Tip: SHARAPOVA (9)
Watch out for: ALLENDE (4)
 
R3 13H50 – Freeman Stallions Middle Stakes (F & M)
Consistent mare ACADEMIC GOLD sets a good standard and, as the joint best-weighted runner, should again acquit herself competitively. Progressive last-start winner SILVERLINKS, also favourably treated by the conditions, opened her account over this trip and should go well again under just 52kg with further improvement expected. METAR has finished in the money in both post-maiden outings and given the impression she’ll be better suited to this longer trip. KZN raider ROCKIE REEF arrives in good form and has claims too for an in-form stable.
 
Top Tip: ACADEMIC GOLD (2)
Watch out for: METAR (7)
 
R4 14H25 – Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein Fm 79 Divided Handicap (F & M)
Open. QUEEN OF SPARTA made a winning 3yo/seasonal debut at her first go over this trip and a resultant 4-point penalty may not be enough to prevent her from following up. The 3 Snaith runners are all capable of posing a threat, with preference for progressive ACT NATURALLY who also won over this trip last time and appears the stable elect on riding arrangements. ZIPPY OVER has improved with blinkers fitted and could have a say, while FUR BABY ought to enjoy reverting to this trip after a creditable 1200m sprint – which also applies to COPPER VIEW who is closely matched on recent form. Tricky!
 
Top Tip: QUEEN OF SPARTA (2)
Watch out for: ACT NATURALLY (5)
 
R5 15H05 – Drakenstein Stud Cape Summer Stayers Handicap (Grade 3 Handicap)
A case can be made for each of these. Runner-up in 2019 and winner of the last 2 renewals, CROME YELLOW, ought to make a bold defence off a mark just a point higher than last year’s rating. Both REX UNION and THEFUTUREISBRIGHT are maturing types who have improved over staying DISTANCE and are capable of fighting out the finish in receipt of weight from the selection. Last-start winners NAVY STRENGTH and BARATHEON could also make their presence felt. The latter is closely matched on recent form with SALVATOR MUNDI who could also have a say. ARCTIC DRIFT isn’t without a chance either. Go wide!
 
Top Tip: THEFUTUREISBRIGHT (1)
Watch out for: BARATHEON (8)
 
R6 15H40 – Wsb.co.za Southern Cross Stakes (Grade 2) (Fillies & Mares)
Ultra-competitive Grade 2 sprint, featuring no fewer than 5 last-start winners including WHOA WHOA WHOA who showed pace throughout to win her last start (in the boardroom) when sporting earmuffs for the first time. She is taken to follow up with that equipment retained. STIPTELIK was ahead of her stablemate in a prior meeting but is worse off at the weights. On the form of that meeting behind Kwinta’s Light, Bass runners SANTA MARIA and GOING UP should be competitive and must be included in all bets. Progressive HUNTING TRIP and prolific 1000m specialists IPHIKO and PHEDRA have claims too.
 
Top Tip: WHOA WHOA WHOA (11)
Watch out for: STIPTELIK (7)
 
R7 16H15 – World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes (Grade 2)
Smashing renewal, worthy of Grade 1 status with no fewer than five Grade 1 winners in the line-up. Champion JET DARK (Scratched) and familiar foe KOMMETDIEDING are likely to dominate after encouraging seasonal pipe-openers, with preference for the former who edged their last meeting on identical terms. GOLDEN DUCAT and RASCALLION both caught the eye when finishing behind the selection after lengthy layoffs and with improved fitness on their side ought to make their presence felt. TRIP OF FORTUNE, LINEBACKER, POMP AND POWER and SILVER OPERATOR all have earning potential and will keep the principals honest.
 
Top Tip: JET DARK (5) (Scratched)
Watch out for: KOMMETDIEDING (7)
 
R8 16H50 – World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas (Grade 1) (3 Year-old Fillies)
Typically high-class line-up for this prestigious 3yo fillies’ Grade 1. Regally bred CIAO BELLA warmed up for this date with destiny by taking out the 1400m Grade 2 trial and on that form rates the one to beat. GOLDEN HOSTESS and TIME FO ORCHIDS flew from the rear of the field, having been dropped out from wide draws, to finish hot on that rival’s heels and are likely to pose more of a threat over the longer run-in of the summer course. GIMME’S LASSIE is closely matched with those rivals so ought to make her presence felt too. MAKE IT SNAPPY, HAPPY CHANCE and unbeaten PEACH DAQUIRI have claims.
 
Top Tip: CIAO BELLA (3)
Watch out for: GIMME’S LASSIE (9)
 
R9 17H25 – Spinawina Slots Now Available Wsb.co.za Fm 70 Divided Handicap (F & M)
DOUBLE DREAM, despite the widest No 13 draw, is probably worth taking a chance on. She has run well in each of her 3 starts in the Western Cape and will relish a return to this trip after a fast-finishing 3rd over 1200m when last seen. VERONIQUE finished ahead on that occasion but is 1kg worse off, so will be hard-pressed to confirm that form over this distance. TURN THE PAGE never got a look in when drawn wide on the winter course last time but an inside gate and the longer run-in should see her in a better light. VENUS DE MILO, PERILLA, BENEATH THE MOON and THRILLA are capable of earning.
 
Top Tip: VENUS DE MILO (1)

Watch out for: TURN THE PAGE (4)