Tsit­sikamma Dance is ready to turn it on

Daily News - - THE RACEGOER - DAVID THISELTON

THE R250 000 WSB Grand Series Match Race over 1475m is an ex­cit­ing win­ner takes all event start­ing at 13h15 and is the high­light of to­mor­row’s meet­ing at the Vaal.

Match Race top­weight Tsit­sikamma Dance had good form in Cape Town in­clud­ing fin­ish­ing 3,1 lengths back in the Win­ter Guineas be­hind Rain­bow Bridge. He won both of his two starts on the Highveld, in­clud­ing the se­cond leg of the Grand Series over 1475m when stay­ing on well from a handy po­si­tion. He showed last time he has class, stay­ing on from the back over 1160m to fin­ish just 3,1 lengths be­hind Le­gal Eagle.

His op­po­nent Dan The Lad has run over this trip twice, win­ning the Her­itage Con­so­la­tion last year and los­ing this years Grand Series leg 1 by a whisker.

He is an hon­est sort but does not have the abil­ity of Tsit­sikamma Dance. The 4kg he is get­ting would not be enough in a nor­mal race, but a match race can de­velop into a cat and mouse af­fair where tac­tics play a role. The con­fi­dent Ryan Munger will be aboard Tsit­sikamma Dance and twice South African Cham­pion Jockey S’Manga Khu­malo is aboard Dan The Lad. It will be a race full of in­trigue but Tsit­sikamma Dance is the tip to win.

The first two legs of the Pick 6 con­sist of a Maiden Plate and an Assess­ment Plate re­spec­tively, so it once again looks catch­able. In the first leg over 1600m March To Glory is a son of March­field who has some sub­stance and should have come on from his last start, which was his first as a geld­ing when stay­ing on for third to Against The Grain over 1400m. He should also ap­pre­ci­ate the step up in trip and is taken to be a banker.

In the se­cond leg over 1600m there is a banker pos­si­bil­ity in In­vin­ci­ble Lady. She is 3kg bet­ter off than the se­cond best weighted Sand Princess on of­fi­cial merit rat­ings and this filly with a big stride should have come on from her last start.

The risk averse could in­clude Mrs Simp­son as she looks des­tined to be a fair sort hav­ing won well on de­but over 1200m and on pedi­gree she will ap­pre­ci­ate this step up in trip. In or­der to match In­vin­ci­ble Lady she will need to run to an 89 which is a big ask in just her se­cond start.

In the third leg over 1600m Chep­ardo should be cherry ripe and hav­ing stayed on in two of his last three starts over 1450m and 1400m re­spec­tively he will ap­pre­ci­ate step­ping up to a mile.

Nordic Rebel won go­ing away over 1400m last time and off a three point higher mark is an­other one who should en­joy the trip.

Chang­ing Sea­sons is halfa-kilo­gram bet­ter off than Chep­ardo for a 0,2 length beat­ing and will pre­fer this trip so also has a fine chance.

In the sev­enth race over 1400m Win­ter Storm should ap­pre­ci­ate the step up in trip be­ing by What A Win­ter out of a Na­tional Em­blem mare who won over 2000m. This long-strid­ing sort usu­ally shows fair pace be­fore find­ing no ex­tra but this is likely due to him be­ing out­paced in the clos­ing stages than not stay­ing. Bien Venue has dis­ap­pointed in his last two starts hav­ing shown prom­ise as a ju­ve­nile, but he will ap­pre­ci­ate the step down in trip from the Din­gaans.

He was up against ex­cep­tional horses like Hawwaam in the lat­ter race so it will be a lot eas­ier here too, so he can be given an­other chance to prove him­self here. Olof­berg can also be in­volved here if re­peat­ing his penul­ti­mate start.

The eighth race over 1200m Mount Keith was beaten nar­rowly by a use­ful look­ing sort in Car­bon Atom last time over this trip so is the first choice. One should be able to af­ford to go wide here and State Trooper, True Words, Gen­er­ous No­tion, Twelve Oaks and William Ni­col can also be in­cluded.

In the last leg Nicky Noo moved up well over 1200m last time but found no ex­tra so might ap­pre­ci­ate the step down in trip. Far­raranga, who will def­i­nitely ap­pre­ci­ate the step down in trip, will be a big threat and is the other to in­clude in what is a Pick 6 which is not go­ing to cost a lot to play.

TSIT­SIKAMMA DANCE and Dan The Lad go head-to­head in the Grand Series Match at Turf­fontein to­mor­row.

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