1 13H15 – Hollywoodbets Durbanville Welcomes You Maiden Special Weights
Competitive opener. MAX THE OTTER caught the eye on debut when staying on well in the finish over 1000m and should, with natural improvement, have more to offer with the extra distance also likely to suit. Stablemate CHARLIE MALONE is better drawn and has the benefit of greater experience. He was 2nd over track and trip behind an exciting 3yo and need only reproduce that form to fight out the finish in his peak outing. MASTER POINT and STRATOSPHERIC could make their presence felt if overcoming wide draws. Respect market support for newcomers HAKAS KRAKAS, REMEMBER MY NAME and CHAMPION WARRIOR.
Top Tip: DONDER STORM (2)
Watch out for: CHARLIE MALONE (5)
2 13H45 – www.taboline.co.za Maiden Special Weights (F & M)
I’LL SLIP AWAY was 4th over track and trip in a competitive maiden just 10 days ago under 58kg and ought to better that result on these terms from an inside draw. STRAWBERRY LIGHT was on debut when finishing behind that rival to whom she now concedes 3.5kg. She should, however, make natural improvement and is one for the shortlist. HEAD GIRL caught the eye on debut when staying on over 1000m, suggesting the step-up to this trip with that experience under the belt will suit. ANA IN SEATTLE and HUNDREDFIFTHAVENUE are likely improvers who could get into the picture.
Top Tip: I’LL SLIP AWAY (2)
Watch out for: FUTURE CONTRACT (3)
3 14H15 – Racecape Powered By Hollywoodbets Maiden Special Weights (F & M)
Tricky. RED KITE had threatened to exit the maiden ranks before a layoff and while unlikely to be fully fit on her return, needn’t be in this line-up, and from a good draw could stake a claim. Forward showings from I’ll Slip Away and Strawberry Light in the preceding event should bode well for the chances of likely improver CHIQUITA BANANA who ought to have more to offer stepped up in trip and with the benefit of a run under her belt. SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL, HEAR MY VOICE and LA MAS BELLA disappointed in recent starts but are capable of better and would be competitive if bouncing back to earlier form.
Top Tip: RED KITE (1)
Watch out for: CHIQUITA BANANA (3)
4 14H50 PM – Hollywoodbets Grooms Initiative Maiden Plate
Tricky. FUTURE TURN appears the most likely winner having run on over shorter to finish close-up in his last 3 starts. This trip could eke out further improvement needed to open his account. POPPING CREASE has improved for the fitting of blinkers. He was a fast-finishing 3rd over this trip last time out and should pose a threat if building on that effort. IMPETUOUS made a pleasing introduction and is bred to improve going ground, so could also make his presence felt. GLOBAL MOVEMENT and RUN RUDOLPH RUN are closely matched, with the latter held on form by POPPING CREASE on a recent meeting.
Top Tip: GLOBAL MOVEMENT (1)
Watch out for: POPPING CREASE (4)
5 15H25 PM – www.hollywoodbets.net Middle Stakes
Good race featuring several smart sorts who could have bigger fish to fry during the summer. ITSRAININGWILLIAM and YELLOWPORSCHEROAD were ‘put away’ after opening their accounts in impressive fashion when last seen during promising 2yo campaigns and it could pay to follow their progress this term. Both may lack sharpness but are open to any amount of improvement. The same could be said of debut winner HAMMIES HERO who could be anything. Consistent hard-knockers ALL ABOUT AL and THE SECOND WAVE will keep them honest. LINE OF DUTY and SILVANO’S DASHER could have more to offer after gelding.
Top Tip: ITSRAININGWILLIAM (1)
Watch out for: VOLDEMORT (5)
6 16H00 PM – Hollywoodbets Punters Challenge Middle Stakes
Good race. STREET OUTLAW created quite the impression when winning on debut and appeared in need of his comeback outing when last seen, so should have more to offer with improved fitness on his side. SILVER FALCON left KZN on a winning note and may well have recaptured his best form after gelding. He could give the selection most to fear, along with returning DRAGONFLY who the stable expect to go well on his comeback. Stablemates TOUT A FAIT and POLTERGEIST have the form to be competitive over this trip. SHIFTING PATH and MASKED VIGILANTE aren’t without chances either.
Top Tip: STREET OUTLAW (1)
Watch out for: SILVER FALCON (3)
7 16H35 PM – Cape Racing Pinnacle Stakes
Fascinating sprint contest featuring a number of speedsters who may harbour Cape Flying Championship ambitions. AFRICAN RAIN was a close-up 3rd in that race last year and has not been disgraced in 2 starts since, albeit off a lower mark. He is the best-weighted runner and should make his presence felt in his peak outing. Stablemate RESONATE appears the pick of the pair on riding arrangements so must be included, despite the widest draw. IRISH MORNING holds that rival on these terms and could represent the value. SAFE RETURN, GIACOMO PUCCINI and AMBIORIX warrant respect too.
Top Tip: SAFE RETURN (1)
Watch out for: SPEED MACHINE (2)
8 17H10 PM – Hollywoodbets Bright Future Mr 74 Handicap
PIKETBERG ALLEY has relished going an extended trip and was a cosy winner of his last start. He was upped 2.5kg for that success in a higher grade but ought to acquit himself competitively once more dropping in class. TWICE THE MASTER, MACHETE MAN, NOTHINGELSEMATTERS and KEEP SHINING all shed their maiden tags when last seen and may have more to offer, though will need to raise their games stepping out of maiden company. GALACTIC PATH made a winning handicap debut over 1600m and could complete the hat-trick if as effective over this trip. TOZZETTI, POLICY TARGET and FUTURISMO also have claims.
Top Tip: PIKETBERG ALLEY (1)
Watch out for: TOZZETTI (2)