Varina has a fine chance

Pretoria News - - THE RACEGOER -

THE Vaal eight race meet­ing to­mor­row should start off with a favourable re­sult for pun­ters and this can help build up a pool with which to play the ex­otics. In the first race over 1 000m Varina made a good de­but over this trip de­spite be­ing bumped and with im­prove­ment has a fine chance.

How­ever, Winter's Power is likely to give her a run for her money as she showed pace last time in a Ju­ve­nile Plate race to fin­ish close to the promis­ing Mir­a­cle Flight, al­though she was re­ceiv­ing 5kg. Elu­sive Woman is not far be­hind these two on form­lines and should earn.

In the sec­ond over 1000m Fire And Ice's seven length third place fin­ish to War Room has turn ed out to be good form and he looks to be the one to beat.

He is in­ter­est­ingly bred, be­ing by Noble Tune and a half-brother to the Grade 1 Cape Fil­lies Guineas win­ner Mis­sisippi Burn­ing. Last time out when also run­ning third over this trip with first time blink­ers on he lost a length at the start so can do bet­ter if jump­ing bet­ter.

Kar­nal­lie was beaten 6.5 lengths by War Room in a later race but was re­ceiv­ing 3kg. He can im­prove so will be a threat.

Por­tico had to be eased and switched be­fore run­ning on well again for sec­ond over this trip at Hol­ly­wood­bets Scottsvill­e last time. He also has a chance.

In the third race over 1 000m Wings Of Honor ran well over 1 200m last time and looks to have plenty of nat­u­ral pace so can win this off a two point lower mark. Mog­gie Brown has plenty of speed and can do bet­ter than her last two starts es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing she is re­united with Marco van Rens­burg who won on her over this course and dis­tance last July, al­beit off a five point lower mark.

Philly­del­phia has al­ways been there­abouts off this mark and should be in the shake up.

Miss Boomerang

Miss Boomerang was a highly re­garded speed­ster as a ju­ve­nile and a re­cent win at Flamingo could have buoyed her con­fi­dence while a low­ered turf rat­ing will help here too. Mid­night Top was 1,1 lengths be­hind Wings Of Honor over 1 200m and is now 1kg worse off which gives her a hard task, al­though she was slowly away that day and was scalped.

She is of in­ter­est over the step down in trip as she has pace.

In the fourth over 1 200m the classy mare Dou­ble ‘O’ Eight has her eas­i­est task for some time and from a plum draw is the one to beat.

In Ca­hoots has a touch of class and a good cruis­ing speed so could be dan­ger­ous over this drop in trip de­spite be­ing given two points for his win over 1 475m last time. Top­mast beat Grade 1 win­ner over this trip Eden Roc last time, also over this trip, and off a four point higher mark he can go close with a re­peat.

State Trooper is un­beaten in two starts over this course and dis­tance but has a tough draw to over­come.

Whorly Whorly re­turns from a lay­off so will likely need it but he is ca­pa­ble of stay­ing on late so might do well fresh.

In the fifth race over 1 200m Crown Guardian is an in­ter­est­ing run­ner from a fair draw of five with the blink­ers back on. The last time he wore blink­ers, three runs ago, he fin­ished just 1,80 lengths back over this trip. He is now six points lower in the merit rat­ings and fin­ished sec­ond in his only pre­vi­ous start over this course and dis­tance. Ir­rev­o­ca­ble Dream seemed a fair sort early on in his ca­reer and he has now dropped con­sid­er­ably in the merit rat­ings so could go close.

Alex The Great

Alex The Great steps up in trip but has won over this dis­tance be­fore and is in­ter­est­ing from a wide draw with War­ren Kennedy aboard as he was dropped three points in the merit rat­ings for his last run. Bockscar is un­re­li­able but can never be ig­nored as he is ca­pa­ble of a strong fin­ish. True Words is also in­ter­est­ing as he has some pace and drops down to a trip he has won over be­fore.

In the sixth over 1600m Vale­to­rio was far from dis­graced be­hind the classy Ikigai last time in the Three Troikas and de­spite a six point merit rated raise he is still se­lected to win as the Ikigai form has proved strong wher­ever he ran.

Seven Pa­tri­ots stayed on well to win his maiden com­fort­ably over this trip in his fourth start and off an 82 merit rat­ing he sneaks into the hand­i­cap here with the min­i­mum weight so could fol­low up.

Mar­shall Foch and Nor­land are both in good form and will be in the shake up too. Mr Green­light has tal­ent but has be­come dis­ap­point­ing, so the blink­ers on make him in­ter­est­ing, al­though he has a tricky draw. In the sev­enth over 1 600m Hawthorn looked to have abil­ity early in her ca­reer and has had ex­cuses in her last two starts so is in­ter­est­ing off a low­ered merit rat­ing step­ping back in trip to her win­ning dis­tance.

Plum Field should be stay­ing on and Magic Mila is in­ter­est­ing as she is still green so can go close first time out the maid­ens from pole po­si­tion with Kennedy up de­spite hav­ing to carry 62kg. Tahi­tian

Orana and Pas­sion Peach are the other pair to con­sider.

Ideal Wolff has a fine chance in the last from a good draw un­der Gavin Ler­ena.

He made a good de­but over 1 200m and will rel­ish this step up in trip. How­ever, Ideal Day is an im­prov­ing sort who has to be re­spected.

Clin­ton Binda sad­dles WHORLY WHORLY in the fourth at the Vaal to­mor­row. Pic­ture:

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