1 12H20 – Tabgold – The Intelligent Bet! Juvenile Plate
FRANZ LEHAR impressed on debut when quickening in the manner of a smart sort. He would’ve only improved for that run and it may well pay to follow his progress. SLIM JANNIE filled the runner-up berth on that occasion and ought to pose a threat reverting to the turf on 3kg better terms. RULERSHIP was disappointing in a feature after a winning debut but had legitimate excuses. He retains ability and is open to any amount of improvement having been gelded since. LAST SURVIVOR and VARIETY FAIR are likely improvers too after pleasing introductions – can feature. Watch the betting on the newcomers.
Top Tip: FRANZ LEHAR (6)
Watch out for: RULERSHIP (1)
2 12H55 – Open A Tabgold Account – 031 314 1874 Maiden Plate (F & M)
VICTORY BELLE and PETIT VERDOT made pleasing Polytrack introductions and ought to have improved with that experience, which should stand them in good stead. The other three raced runners have shown little and the newcomers needn’t be special to make their presence felt. The betting should provide a guide to their chances – follow the market moves.
Top Tip: VRENI (3)
Watch out for: VICTORY BELLE (5)
3 13H30 – Call Telebet Track & Ball Fixed Odds On 031 314 1155 Maiden Plate (F & M)
TIME CHASER did too much too soon yet wasn’t disgraced in a 1400m feature on July Day and is likely to fare a lot better reverting to maiden company over this trip. HONEY LAND has shown promise in both starts on the Polytrack and should acquit herself competitively if transferring that form to the turf. It could, however, pay to follow MALCOLM’S DREAM who ought to improve on an eye-catching debut over track and trip in a race that has produced subsequent winners. CINNAMON BLUSH should enjoy a return to this distance and surface after disappointing on the Poly and could have a say.
Top Tip: TIME CHASER (1)
Watch out for: HONEY LAND (4)
4 14H05 – Top-Up Your Account With The Tabgold App Maiden Plate
BLACKBERRY MALT caught the eye when staying on well over a shorter trip in a sales race on July Day and should improve for both the step up to this trip and return to a maiden. PROFESSOR SNAPE also caught the eye when a fast-finishing debut second over a slightly shorter trip and would’ve come on for the experience, so should have a say despite a wide draw. BLACK CHERRY stayed on promisingly in a sprint on his introduction and is another likely to improve going this distance. FERNEY, FIRU STAR and raider MICHELIN STAR have both the form and experience to stake a claim. Watch newcomer PONTE PIETRA
Top Tip: MICHELIN STAR (7)
Watch out for: BLACKBERRY MALT (1)
5 14H40 – Online Form Guide www.gallop.co.za Mr 85 Handicap
Many with claims. Maturing NAPOLEON is not the finished article and capable of better than his last start. BORN TO PERFORM will enjoy a return to his optimum trip and could improve to play a role. Both DUKE OF RAIN and INCREDIBILL should acquit themselves competitively if building on improved recent displays – the latter could capitalise on a rating drop and the fitting of first-time blinkers. MR PIGALLE is drawn widest but is at the top of his game so must be respected. PINEAPPLE EXPRESS is closely matched with that rival and no forlorn hope on these revised terms. It doesn’t end there. Go wide!
Top Tip: NAPOLEON (1)
Watch out for: INCREDIBILL (5)
6 15H15 – Gold Circle Racing YouTube Channel Fm 90 Handicap (F & M)
Tricky. Progressive ALABAMA ANNA kept finding from the front going 1400m for the first time and may have even more to offer going this trip – keep safe. DRAMA QUEEN beat subsequent winner ROTUNDA over track and trip last time and should confirm on these terms, though there shouldn’t be much between the pair. TOP ME UP HOLLY doesn’t have the benefit of an apprentice to take weight off her back but could make her presence felt with improved fitness on her side. MEET AT THE GEORGE won well racing fresh after a break and is capable of following up under a 3-point penalty. MACARA remains dangerous.
Top Tip: DRAMA QUEEN (3)
Watch out for: ROTUNDA (5)
7 15H50 – www.tabgold.co.za Mr 99 Handicap
Fascinating sprint. COURAGEOUS CAT looked a potential star in the making when a runaway winner on debut more than 40 weeks ago. He hasn’t been seen since, so his fitness must be taken on trust, but could be worth following until beaten. MARDI GRAS has the benefit of race fitness on his side and a proven record at this level, so is likely to pose a threat. PRINCE OF TARANTO and PARTY TIME are both versatile and capable of making their presence felt over this trip. Hard-knockers GOODTIME GUY and MR FITZ won’t be far off the mark and could pick up the pieces if the principals fluff their lines.
Top Tip: PRINCE OF TARANTO (1)
Watch out for: COURAGEOUS CAT (9)
8 16H25 – Hollywoodbets Bright Future Mr 68 Handicap
Big field from which improving INTREPID ACT can emerge victorious. He showed pace to win from the front over 1500m and is likely to adopt similar tactics dropping in trip from a favourable inside gate off a lenient mark on handicap debut. FAMILY FAVOURITE is holding form and not without a chance against male rivals. GREY OCEAN, SIR POM and WE ALL CHOMIES seldom finish far off the action, so can’t be discounted – place chances. QUEST FOR THE BEST is unexposed on the turf but capable of posing a threat if transferring his Poly form to this surface. HAPPY WANDERER and SENOR GARCIA have claims too.
Top Tip: INTREPID ACT (2)
Watch out for: FAMILY FAVOURITE (1)