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Raven Black, who is coming  off a hattrick, has been selected by the At The Races tipster to win the seventh (JC Photos)
At The Races
1 12:55 PM – 4Racing Welcomes You Maiden Plate (F & M)
COURAGEOUS could take advantage of a moderate bunch and open her account. She holds PRINCESS LOLA and LIFE LESSON on their recent meeting. FREEDOM SQUARE is finding her form and could make the money. MIZZEN SAIL and SUPERSKITT are looking to improve. Watch debutantes AURUM DAMSEL and KAKIEBOS – they don’t have to be too good to feature.
2 1:30 AM – WSB Grand Heritage 09 December Maiden Plate
EIGER SANCTION finished a length ahead of POLICY OF TRUTH last time but the latter was having his first run after a rest and gelding and could make it up. REMAINS OF THE DAY is improving and could get into the reckoning but ACT OF POWER should be on top of him. Watch for big improvement from PLENILUNIO who should improve on her debut over the extra.
3 2:05 PM – Book A Table Call 011 681 1796 Maiden Plate (F & M)
AZALEAS FOR ALL has been knocking and after three runner-up positions could get it right. However, THE WORK OF LIFE won’t lie down and poses a serious threat. Stable companions OUTER DIMENSION (races before this) and FORGIVENESS (will relish the extra) must be respected. CRYSTAL MAIDEN and DUELLONA could make the Quartet.
4 2:40 PM – Fm 68 Handicap (F & M)
IDEAL FUTURE claims 4kg and even though she should prefer further, should contest the finish. EXPLOSIVE BOND, on the other hand, is distance suited and should make a race of it. Stablemate HYDRANGEA races before this – watch. LIDL MISS SUNSHINE who also appears best over this trip could get into the action. LADY ZULTANITE and SKYFULL are looking for Quartet money.
5 3:15 PM – Take A Bet Wina Numba Numba Mr 68 Handicap
Difficult to assess due to lack of current form. Include as many as possible in exotics and watch the betting before taking all bets. FUTUREWOLFF, SPARKLING JUBILEE, PRINCESS AZARIAH and DELLA’S SWORD are some to consider.
6 3:50 PM – Free Kiddies Entertainment 09 December Mr 95 Open Handicap (3 Years Old)
HOUSE OF ROMANOV recently beat EIFFEL TOWER by 3.2-lengths and JORDAN by 3.5-lengths and is only 0.5kg worse off so should, on paper, confirm the form. KUDZU was also 4-lengths behind HOUSE OF ROMANOV before that but has a pull of 5kg – respect. BIOFARMER overreached last time but looks above average.
7 4:25 PM – Tab Telebet 0861 000 822 Middle Stakes
A strong field headed by up-and-coming RAVEN BLACK who is looking for 4 on the trot. What beats him should win. All of AUSSENKEHR, FIRE ‘N FLAMES, BACK IN BUSINESS as well as stable companions COSMIC STAR, BARBARESCO and PONTIAC could win if RAVEN BLACK fails to produce.
8 5:00 PM – Next Vaal Racemeeting Saturday 9 December Fm 76 Handicap (F & M)
CHASING HAPPINESS needed her last outing and will come on in heaps. Despite 62kg on her back she should be right there. THERE SHE GOES carries 4kg less than her due to the apprentice claim, which could give her a serious chance. Many are looking for minor money, including DAKOTA CAT, WOMEN OF FAME, RUGGER LOVER, DANCING ARABIAN and RED CARPET GIRL.