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Only To Win looks best bet on Turf­fontein card.

In the mod­ern world you need to pro­mote your prod­uct and you need that mes­sage go out to the masses. As reg­u­lar race­go­ers we all watch our sport on one chan­nel which does not al­ways get our mes­sage out to the rest of the world.

At the mo­ment we are preach­ing to the con­verted but to bring new fans into horserac­ing we need to mar­ket our­selves to a wider au­di­ence. About a month ago I recorded an in­ter­view with Dr Ali Bacher in his “In Con­ver­sa­tion” se­ries and it is great to see the dis­cus­sion ap­pear­ing cur­rently on other DStv chan­nels. Hope­fully it could help change some peo­ple’s per­spec­tive of rac­ing that it is not all about gam­bling but also about in­di­vid­u­als who have their own goals to ful­fil.

In the old days the build-up to the Dur­ban July started so many months ahead and you could not wait for the big day to ar­rive. These days it does not ap­pear to have the same pre-race ap­peal, but hav­ing said that, every year the pools are break­ing records so the event it­self still has mas­sive at­trac­tion.

I want to also con­grat­u­late Dr Bacher be­cause when we first spoke he ad­mit­ted to know­ing noth­ing about rac­ing. How­ever, he cer­tainly did his home­work and asked some thought-pro­vok­ing and prob­ing ques­tions. I hope my re­sponses were equally in­ter­est­ing and pro­vided some in­sight into the life of a jockey. * * * Rac­ing is on the In­side track at Turf­fontein to­day and Race 1 is a Maiden Plate where my first se­lec­tion is Cap­tain My Cap­tain. On best form he should be a cer­tainty. Not only does he have strong form but is also drawn No 1. Un­for­tu­nately he has not run for al­most eight months and there­fore his fit­ness could be ques­tion­able.

The dan­ger could be Pi­aget Prince.

Race 2 is an­other Maiden Plate where the lightly raced Hur­ri­cane Lass looks the horse to beat. She fin­ished just over one length be­hind La Bastide in her sec­ond start and ob­vi­ously has more scope for im­prove­ment.

Her dan­ger could be my ride, Serendip­ity, but I feel she could be more ef­fec­tive over 1400m.

Race 3 is an­other maiden field over 2600m but most of these have had many chances. My first se­lec­tion is Sea Lord who is a lightly raced four-year-old and could im­prove fur­ther. He al­ready has the best form in the race and could be a pos­si­ble Place Ac­cu­mu­la­tor banker. If you look past Sea Lord it is a very open race and any­thing could have a chance but my next two choices are Michael and Graf Spee.

Race 4 is a stakes race, which favours the bet­ter hand­i­capped horses, and this hon­our goes to Parisi­enne Chic but it is hard to as­sess her chances as she is tak­ing on the colts, has not raced over this 2600m dis­tance and was found not to be strid­ing out last time. She needs to be in­cluded but she is no banker.

The next best rated run­ner is Save The Rhino. He does have the form to beat this field and could be a Place Ac­cu­mu­la­tor banker.

For the Pick 6 con­sider Elu­sive Flyer, as he has prob­a­bly been run­ning over dis­tances short of his best and has been drop­ping in the rat­ing.

Race 5 is quite a dif­fi­cult race as most of these are young fil­lies who have not had many runs and could still im­prove. The ma­jor­ity have just won their maidens and even then, did not com­pete against the best run­ners. There­fore you could have an­other banker in Only To Win who fin­ished sec­ond in her last start, her first run af­ter win­ning her maiden.

Only To Win could also be a Pick 6 banker but if you’re look­ing to beat her the dan­ger could be Curb­stone Shuf­fle. I thought she would be hard to beat last time but she strug­gled to keep up to the field so maybe the fast in­side track with the short run-in might not be what she’s look­ing for.

Race 6 is an­other fil­lies’ hand­i­cap and the horse with the best form is Sil­ver Thurs­day. She fin­ished sec­ond last time out in a race from where there have been a cou­ple of win­ners al­ready. She could be a PA banker but as she has not raced for three months you should prob­a­bly in­clude My Friend Lee who ran well last time out over a dis­tance too short.

Those two should be good enough for the PA but for the Pick 6 con­sider Pool Party.

I ride Comme-Ci-Comme-Ca who is well held by Jo Mambo on three dif­fer­ent runs but I’m hop­ing to be pleas­antly sur­prised.

Race 7 is an­other stakes race where the top rated horse has an ad­van­tage. In this case it is my ride, Hat Pun­tano. It is dif­fi­cult to as­sess how ac­cu­rate that rat­ing is as this is his first run af­ter be­ing im­ported from Ar­gentina. He is drawn wide and he will be hav­ing his first out­ing since July last year. I imag­ine this race is be­ing used to as­sess his abil­ity and to see which races he should be com­pet­ing in down the line.

As he is an un­known it might be wise to lean to­wards what we do know and go with fit horses with good draws, a huge ad­van­tage on this track. There­fore my first choice would be Amaz­ing Strike with the dan­gers be­ing Ir­ish Pride and Ro­many Prince. These three could be good enough for the PA.

For the Pick 6 in­clude those as well as Hat Pun­tano with Shukamisa and Chilli Con Carne and Tan­dava, who I rode to vic­tory last week and is cur­rently in top form.

Race 8 is a tricky hand­i­cap and there­fore you could con­sider the field for the Pick 6. But for the Place Ac­cu­mu­la­tor pick any of Rebel Baron, Sabre Dance, King And Em­pire and Jack­man.

The same would ap­ply in Race 9, where many horses have chances. For the PA con­sider any of Bar­ba­dos Cruise, Tom Fool, Amer­i­can Tiger and Scot­land.

For the Pick 6 other in­clu­sion could be Yer-Maan, Hy­pother­mic and Ali Bon Dubai.

BEST BET. Piere Stry­dom rates Only To Win in Race 5 as his best bet on to­day’s Turf­fontein card.

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