In tune with Bella Sonata

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE Vaal Out­side track stages a com­pet­i­tive nine race meet­ing to­mor­row and ex­otic div­i­dends should be hand­some.

The fifth, a fil­lies and mares MR 92 Hand­i­cap over 1200m, is the high­est rated race. Bella Sonata hasn’t raced since go­ing close in Oc­to­ber’s Jo’burg Spring Fil­lies and Mares Chal­lenge over 1450m and from a plum out­side draw with a 4kg claimer up she should do well over a trip she is ef­fec­tive over.

How­ever, the choice to beat her is Swift Sarah, whose speed should help her find a good strip of go­ing early on.

She will be fit and the cham­pion com­bi­na­tion of Sean Tarry and S’Manga Khu­malo are in fine form. The one who could trou­ble th­ese two is the pro­gres­sive Cap­tain’s Girl, who has snuck into the hand­i­cap with the min­i­mum weight.

The sec­ond race is a Novice Plate for fil­lies and mares and the of­fi­cially best weighted horse Se­cret Star looks the one to beat. She has speed and the abil­ity to find ex­tra in the clos­ing stages. Wa­ter Lily Lake is sec­ond best in at the weights and she can maybe bounce back to form in her third run after a lay­off.

How­ever, Khu­malo is aboard the three­year-old sta­ble­mate Yel­low Metal, who is by Global One and is a half-sis­ter to VDJ win­ner Heavy Metal.

She is of­fi­cially 4,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance but this is only her sec­ond start so she could still be any­thing and will have to be in­cluded in all bets.

The enig­matic Win­ter Al is only 1kg out at the weights and of­ten per­forms above her merit rat­ing when tried in plate or con­di­tions races and this is her best trip. Quee­nie is a tal­ented horse but will still likely need this.

If Yel­low Metal does win then Aimee Sweet will have a good chance in the next race over 1000m hav­ing fin­ished a 2,8 length third to her last time over this

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