Today’s Vaal card looks extremely competitive with some tricky races towards the back end and healthy dividends are on offer for punters who manage to get it right.

The Weiho Marwing trained Rainy Season that lines up in the opening leg of the Pick 6 is selected as the value bet on the card at current odds of 5-1 with World Sports Betting. He made good improvement in his most recent outing where nothing seemed to go his way. He was drawn wide, travelled wide the whole trip and just when it looked like he had, had enough, he began to find his stride and run on again. His trainer Weiho Marwing said, “He is a nice horse in the making however he is looking for a lot further, we are taking our time with him.’’

Gilda Gray could get punters off to a good start in the first and is currently the second favourite. She gets an eye-catching jockey booking in the form of Muzi Yeni and this juvenile warrants serious respect from her rivals. She jumped slow in her last start when stepping up in trip and seemed to stumble immediately after, however she did well to run third and could take all the beating with her two-year-old weight allowance. She also has fitness on her side compared to her nearest rival, Kissing Booth, so there’s a lot to like about her.

In the second, Fort Commander has shortened slightly into favourite, currently trading at 4-1 when originally opening 9-2. He has a powerful finish and if timing it right this time around could see him winning this. He was gelded in February which may have done the trick and there is no doubt that jockey Piere Strydom will get the best out of him. Trainer Fabian Habib said “He is extremely fit from his last start and I haven’t done much with him. He will appreciate the step up in trip and I give him a winning chance’’.

Only Him gets the services of S’manga Khumalo and is another who has been gelded prior to his last start. He seems to be getting the hang of things and is another with a solid winning chance. Successful Ruler for trainer Sean Tarry just faded in his last when he looked like he’d go on and win the race and is a must include for trifectas and quartets. Keep an eye on the betting of the unraced runners as Duke Of Sussex has received some support, in from 7-1 into 5-1.

Don’t Look Back is selected as the best bet on the card when he runs in the fifth and he is currently trading at 17-20. He has outstanding form to back his record and should win this. He looks to be your best bet as a Pick 6 banker.

The last few races have big fields with the last race boasting 16 runners so it’s advisable to play as wide as your budget allows and structure exotics accordingly as there could be some upsets expected in the other half of the card.