Pun­ters should have their work cut out

Pretoria News - - SPORTS - DAVID THISELTON

THE Vaal has a ten race meet­ing to­mor­row and a lot of home­work will be needed to land a slice of the ex­otic div­i­dends as the rac­ing is gen­er­ally com­pet­i­tive. How­ever, the best bet of the day is se­lected to be Ocea­nia, who runs in the first leg of the PA.

She stayed on well from way back when drawn wide over this 1 400m trip on de­but to run third.

She should be closer to the ac­tion down the straight and be­ing by Ideal World will be im­prov­ing.

The As­sess­ment next up.

Scoop has been se­lected to win as he looks to be go­ing places and the form of his two come­back wins has worked out well. How­ever, if he is not bankered it is wide open.

Top­mast

Plate over 1 000m is

Top­mast has some de­cent form and in a hand­i­cap would only be re­ceiv­ing 1kg from Scoop but is re­ceiv­ing 4kg so it might be wise to in­clude him.

The only older horse in the field, State Trooper, has al­ways been well re­garded and was highly tried as a three-year-old. His only two ca­reer wins have been over sprints so he can’t be ig­nored try­ing the min­i­mum trip for the first time.

Heav­enly Risk is the joint sec­ond best in at the weights to­gether with Top­mast. How­ever, he does looks held by Scoop on col­lat­eral form so some would want to leave him out.

Basil­ius also has to be in­cluded as he is not only the best weighted horse on of­fi­cial merit rat­ings but on the ev­i­dence of his last start will ap­pre­ci­ate the step down to the min­i­mum trip and he might try and run them of their feet in his sec­ond run after a lay­off.

The first leg of the Jack­pot could be won by Colour Of Light who has pace and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing kick, mean­ing she is ide­ally suited to this 1 000m trip.

She has dropped to a mark six points lower than her last win and showed signs of a form re­turn in her third run after a lay­off last time, so she should be cherry ripe. Lily Theresa has been most dis­ap­point­ing in her last two starts. How­ever, she was found to not be strid­ing out both times and if bounc­ing back she will have many of this field beaten on the form of her first run on the Highveld, which was over 1 000m on the Turf­fontein In­side track.

Those two are cho­sen through the Pick 6.

How­ever, for the less risky bet, the Jack­pot, more run­ners can be in­cluded headed by See You Tyger, who won her maiden eas­ily.

Opera, Mem­phis Belle, Lady Of The World, Vine Street Star and Il­le­gal are the oth­ers to con­sider.

Alpine Glacier

to get pun­ters

In the next race Alpine Glacier is a con­sis­tent sprinter who has been given a two point low­er­ing by the hand­i­cap­per and he also has a 2,5kg claimer up, so can get it right over his ideal 1 000m trip. Brigt­num­berten had some use­ful ear­lier form and has plum­meted 18 points down the rat­ings since last May so is also a must in­clude in his sec­ond run after a lay­off over an ideal trip. Su­goi looks a lot like his fa­ther, No­ord­hoek Flyer, who was a well mus­cled and ath­letic red chest­nut who had a lot of speed.

No­ord­hoek Flyer has been a dis­ap­point­ing sire but if Su­goi pro­duces ei­ther of his best two runs he could be in the shake up. Those three are cho­sen to get pun­ters through the Pick 6 but the for­mer Cape Town horse Tar­sus made a de­cent Highveld de­but and can be in­cluded in the Jack­pot.

In the sev­enth race over 1 400m the top class SA Fil­lies Nurs­ery and Star­ling Stakes win­ner Ron­nie’s Candy was caught wide in the Fil­lies Mile but showed how good she is by still manag­ing to stay on for third. Then last time in the Three Troikas over this trip she cost her­self by rac­ing too strongly from a wide draw and she not sur­pris­ingly faded out.

If Karl Zech­ner can set­tle her in be­hind horses this time she will be hard to beat, but on the ev­i­dence of those last two starts she is not an easy ride.

Blos­som is by Sil­vano out of the Triple Tiara win­ner Cherry On The Top and looks promis­ing.

She does still have a lot to prove but should be im­prov­ing all the time and could be the chief dan­ger along with Greener Pas­tures, whose re­cent form has been franked.

In the last leg of the Jack­pot What A Joker brings de­cent Cape Town form and looks to be run­ning off a sup­pressed merit rat­ing so is the se­lec­tion over a suitable 1 400m trip.

Lazarus Tree

Lazarus Tree has run seven times and has won com­fort­ably three times.

How­ever, he has oth­er­wise run or­di­nary races.

He has made re­s­pi­ra­tory noises in his last two de­feats, so that might ex­plain it. He will go close if all goes well. Lock Him Up has turned the cor­ner since the blink­ers were re­moved and has to be in­cluded.

Rocky Path, Street Flyer and Old Man Tyme also make some ap­peal and can be in­cluded. The last leg of the Pick 6 is com­pet­i­tive.

Man­hat­tan Cock­tail looks to have some class and is the se­lec­tion to beat the more ex­pe­ri­enced hand­i­cap­pers Sov­er­eign Rein, Man­i­toba, Bold Coast, Judd’s Rocket and Master Boul­der, who are all in form and dis­tance suited.

Pic­ture: Nkosi Hlophe

The Chris Jonker-trained VINE STREET STAR.

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