Tuesday tips for Turffontein – Selections for South African racing
Brian Healy looks over the Tuesday horse racing action in South Africa and gives his race-by-race Tuesday tips for Turffontein where an eight-race card awaits punters.
Punters looking for a horse racing fix can look forward to action at Clonmel in Ireland as well as racing on the level in South Africa where an eight-race cards awaits at Turffontein in the morning.
SOUTH AFRICAN RACING FIXTURES TODAY (24 March)
Turffontein (flat) – 11.25 – 3.30pm (8 races)
Brian Healy looks over Tuesday’s sole South African racing fixture and gives his racing tips for Turffontein through the card. Be sure to catch the action on SKY Racing and also via live streaming!
TUESDAY TIPS FOR TURFFONTEIN
11:25 – itsarush.co.za Welcomes You Workriders Maiden Plate (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m
Not a strong race to kick off the day and PUCKER UP could prove the answer.
The Gimmiethegreenlight filly has twice finished third in her recent starts, most recently over seven furlongs at this venue in February where she was beaten just under two lengths.
Brett Webber’s charge was last seen finishing a course and distance fourth earlier in the month behind Rock You and a repeat of that effort ought to see her in the mix again.
12:00 – All To Come Maiden Plate (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (3yo+) 5f
WESTERN VISION is turned out quickly after finishing just over one length runner-up behind Upcloseandpersonal over this course and distance on Friday past.
Mike De Kock’s charge doesn’t have the best of the draw here but she could be worth chancing to go one place better here if none the worse for those recent exertions.
This doesn’t look the strongest of races and the Gregorian filly can make her presence felt here where she can open her win account if coping with the quick turnaround.
12:35 – TAB Pays The Full Dividend, No Limits Maiden Plate (Maiden) (3yo+) (Turf) (3yo+) 7½f
NORDIC QUEEN boasts the best form amongst this relatively modest lot and the Ideal World filly could be hard to beat.
Dorrie Sham’s charge is still a maiden after eleven starts, but she’s been contesting in stronger races than this one and latterly finished less than four lengths’ fourth behind Fayrooz at Vaal when last seen out earlier in the month.
That form has been boosted and she has the plum position to race from here out of the number one gate so every chance she can shed her maiden tag here.
1:10 – Betting World – 087 741 2777 Maiden Plate (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m2f
CURVATION has hit the crossbar on three of her last four starts but the Curved Ball filly could get off the mark now.
Welho Marwing’s charge sets the standard on her recent runs and she was latterly denied by just over one length behind Ocean Forest over a furlong shorter than this trip at Vaal earlier in the month.
She looks worth chancing back over this longer trip and if she can build on that most recent start then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her going close.
1:45 – interbet.co.za 0861 150 160 MR 80 Handicap (3yo+) (Turf) (3yo+) 5f
PILLAROFTHEEARTH hasn’t won for a while, but his latest outing over six furlongs at this track suggested he might be working up to a return to winning ways and the King’s Chapel gelding can end his losing run.
Roy Magner’s charge had twice finished runner-up over this trip at Vaal towards the end of last year, but his losing streak stretches back to a win at that track in September 2018. However, he was only beaten around two lengths latest and the winner has won twice more since so the form looks strong.
Gavin Lerena takes the reins and is a positive jockey booking for this assignment and no surprise if the pair go close.
2:20 – Visit Tabonline MR 96 Handicap (3yo+) (Turf) (3yo+) 6f
It could be worth chancing CULTURE TRIP at a potentially big price given his good track record here. Sean Tarry’s charge can leave behind a couple of lesser recent efforts over longer trips than the one he tackles here.
The Pomodoro gelding is a three-time course winner from five starts which includes one over this distance, He’s been given a break since beating only one home at Vaal when last seen in January, beating only one home although he possibly found himself stretched by the longer trip.
He returns to sprinting here where first-time blinkers could sharpen him up and he can go well at a decent price back over this course and distance which has seen him run his best races to date.
2:55 – tellytrack.com 96 Divided Handicap (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (3yo+) 7½f
PROMISE has been in decent fettle of late, winning on her penultimate outing at Scottsville back in January and then finishing a close fourth at Vaal earlier this month behind Gallic Princess.
Soft ground on that occasion might just have been against her and this better surface should be more conducive to a better performance.
A three-time winner at this venue she can make her presence felt with a big run back on more suitable ground and she ought to go close.
3:30 – Next Turffontein Racemeeting Saturday 28 March 76 Divided Handicap (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (3yo+) 7½f
MISS KHALIFA has a decent record here, winning twice and making the frame on two other occasions from seven starts. The Sail From Seattle filly has been in decent fettle of late which includes winning at Vaal on her penultimate start.
The Corne Spies filly ran out a neck winner that day over Sekhmet having previously finished a similar margin behind Fly North at the same venue. That win was followed up by finishing third over five furlongs back at Vaal latest behind Towards The Sun; but she ought to be suited by a return to a longer trip.
She ought to be capable of another bold show back at this venue and the increased emphasis on stamina will suit so every chance she can go close here.