Sowetan

Rosie Bubbles to get punters off to winning start

- RACING EDITOR

Mogok gelding Blue Diamond Road was a wellbacked winner of his most recent start but the moral boost of that win could spark another victory or two out of the four-year-old gelding and he should go close in Race 6 at the Vaal today.

Jockey Piere Strydom was aboard Blue Diamond Road last time and has been replaced by Randall Simons. His dangers appear to be Vulcan and Trading Profit, who fought out the finish recently at the Vaal over 1400m. Both will get a bit stretched over the 1600m of this MR 80 Handicap.

Flag Of France was a disappoint­ing fifth last time but is clearly capable of better and gets the vote to score in Race 5 with bang-in-form Anthony Delpech in the irons.

The gelding likes this course and if he gets a strong pace he will be finishing best of all.

Earlier on the card we could get off to a perfect start as Rosie Bubbles looks likely to win the opening race and Frederico’s Dream looks hard to oppose in Race 2.

Louis Goosen-trained juvenile filly Rosie Bubbles is improving with each start and was only run out of it very late last week when runner-up to Winter Watch. That form looks good enough and unless one of the first-timers is well above average, Rosie Bubbles could provide work rider Impi Lukhele with a welcome winner.

Gimmethegr­eenlight continues to show how valuable he is as a sire and Frederico’s Dream is clearly talented. The Grey filly was unlucky not to win on debut when beaten only a neck by Let It Flow and that form has held up well.

Frederico’s Dream was never under threat when winning last time out and Gavin Lerena can steer her to victory.

The battle behind her could be competitiv­e as Outlaw and Twelve Oaks have some fair form to their names.

Gavin van Zyl-trained newcomer La Collossa could be the joker in the pack.

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