Once again, punters have the chance to make some early money at the Vaal on Tuesday in order to build up a kitty for the more complex races in the latter part of the card.
Racing takes place on the Classic track.
Two of the three early scratchings are most significant as they have made life a little easier for bettors. Race 1 and Race 4 looked as if they would be fought out by two horses but now Trying Times is out of the opening event and well-bred first-timer Captain Lannister has been withdrawn from Race 4, it has opened the door for Chariot Master and Love Lies respectively.
In addition, Irfaans Boy in Race 2, a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1000m, has by far the best form of the raced runners. Ashley Fortune’s charge and Brief Crusade from the Roy Magner yard are the only runners with any racing experience so, unless there are some top first-timers in the line-up, Irfaans Boy will be very hard to beat.
It could be worth taking a TAB All To Come with the three runners.
The quantity of debut runners in Race 3, the opening leg of the Pick 6, could also work in the favour of punters. Five of the horse have raced but the three with the best form are Eternity Ring, Franca and Stolen Kisses.
If one takes just those in the Pick 6 – a bet where if the winner is a first-timer, the best-placed horse who has previously raced also counts – one will be very well covered.
Paul Peter-trained Love Lies has the form to win Race 4 and looks to be a Pick 6 banker in the second leg, but from then on it gets a lot tougher.
When racing on the Classic track, draws in events over 1450m often play a part. In Race 7, a MR 76 Handicap for fillies and mares, Bella Rosa looks the form horse but once again Stuart Pettigrew’s charge has been cursed with a wide draw.
This filly, owned by HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco, seems to have no form when it comes to luck of the draw, but at least she does get 2.5kg taken off her back as apprentice Philasande Mxoli gets the ride.
However, there was a lot to like about the performance of Mode over this course and distance last time when a 1.50-length third behind Say When.
Nathan Klink took the ride for trainer Stephanus Botha last time and is back up again, so from No 2 draw could provide good eachway value to punters.
Jack Milner’s selections
Race 1: 1 Chariot Master, 7 Sudden Break, 6 Pin It, 5 Pomelo
Race 2: 7 Irfaans Boy, 9 Miss Magician, 2 Brief Crusade, 8 Letsdoit
Race 3: 1 Eternity Ring, 2 First Encounter, 5 Meteoric, 4 Franca
Race 4: 1 Love Lies, 2 Trust The Fire, 5 Night King, 6 Lil Wahoo
Race 5: 1 Country Mile, 5 Talladega, 8 Aunty Lizzy, 9 Silvery Blue
Race 6: 3 Imperial Master, 4 Trend Master, 2 Prospector, 5 Romeo’s Magic
Race 7: 10 Mode, 9 Louvain, 2 Bella Rosa, 8 All Aglow
Race 8: 4 Riveting, 1 Cast The Dice, 3 Fasinada, 12 Galaxy Raider
Race 1 No 1 Chariot Master
Race 7 No 10 Mode
Race 4 1×2