South Africa Tips – Best Bets at Vaal on Thursday
South Africa Racing Tips
So before most of us turn our attention to virtual horse racing, the last real horseracing meeting before South Africa goes into lockdown takes place at the Vaal on Thursday. Here are our South Africa racing tips and we’ve got our best bets through the card.
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DUKE OF ABERCORN (Race 1, 11.15am, 1m Turf)
It’s tempting to put up El Romiachi to win the opening race as he must be getting some superhero assistance from the saddle as his jockey’s first name is Batman, but even Bruce Wayne would struggle to get this one home in front and preference is for Duke Of Abercorn.
This three-year-old should still be improving after making just five lifetime starts. He comes out as one of the best at the weights and should improve for the run last time, which was his first for nearly three months.
MYNAGE (Race 2, 11.50am, 7f Turf)
If you ask any racing fan to come up with the name of a South African trainer, you can be pretty sure that most people will respond with name Mike de Kock and he can strike on this Vaal card with Mynage.
This two-year-old filly has finished runner-up on her first two starts, including when just a nose behind the reopposing Magogo on her debut, and looks certain to continue improving.
SIREN OF GREECE (Race 3, 12.30pm, 7f Turf)
This looks a match between the horse at the top of the racecard, Fire And Ice, and the runner at the foot of the racecard, Siren Of Greece. Both youngsters have already shown plenty of ability but Fire And Ice could struggle to concede 6kgs to Siren Of Greece, who should settle in behind her fancied rival and have too much toe for him late doors.
MOODIES WELL (Race 4, 1.10pm, 1m4f Turf)
There could be a bit of a surprise result here as we fancy Moodies Well to run a big race at double-figure odds. This four-year-old is still lightly raced after just eight career starts and looks certain to appreciate a step up to this trip for the first time, staying on strongly over shorter trips of late. Expect him to find significant improvement for this extra distance.
AFRICAN ADVENTURE (Race 5, 1.45pm, 1m1f Turf)
British racegoers may recognise jockey Gavin Lerena, who has competed in the Shergar Cup and rode a double in the event at Ascot in 2016. Lerena is comfortably one of the best riders in South Africa and it will be great to have him on our side as he rides African Adventure in this race.
African Adventure has progressed well over longer trips this season but his running style suggests this shorter trip should prove no problem and he rates a solid bet to resume winning ways under Lerena.
TAHITIAN ORANA (Race 6, 2.20pm, 1m1f Turf)
Tahitian Orana is ultra-consistent and has finished out of the first four just once in her last seven starts. That came last time at the furthest trip she has raced over and she will benefit from the drop in distance here.
Has already proved her ability to act at this track, with two course wins to her name and she is fancied to upset likely market leader Green Dragon
AKWAAN (Race 7, 2.55pm, 1m Turf)
Mike De Kock should be recording a double here with favourite Akwaan, who looked a gelding of some promise when winning his first start after a three-month break at this course on his last start.
Finished his race out well that day, so stepping up a furlong should prove no barrier to success and it would be no surprise if he takes this before going on to make a splash at a much higher level when racing in South Africa resumes after lockdown.
MR HUGO (Race 8, 3.30pm, 6f Turf)
In the closing race it might be worth taking a chance on a runner at a huge price in the shape of Mr Hugo.
The fact he returns after a break bodes well for his chances as he was previously successful on his first run back after a three-month layoff. If he’s ready, he might just outrun his price.