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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Lamzat Tips For Scotsville

1 African Angel

2 Lady Jackson

3 Tierra Del Fuego

4 What a thrill

5 Affranchi

6 Storm Ruler

7 Rebels Champ

8 Little Miss me

9 Royalsecuritypower



Timeform pick out their three best bets from Scottsville on Sunday...

REDEEM THE GOLD - R1 Scotsville, 10:45 GMT

The Sean Tarry-trained REDEEM THE GOLD looks marginally the best in this field but has little leeway if anything goes wrong. She improved plenty from first to second barrier runs when fourth earlier last month and this longer trip should suit. Bint El Malak is the most realistic choice for second, while I'm Free can fight it out for minor honours.

WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL - R2 Scottsville, 11:20 GMT

WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL looks the one to be with, albeit narrowly. The three-year-old gelding learned plenty from his first barrier trial when showing more promise last month. Lady Jackson could have the most to offer of the remainder, while Donnan looks the one for the minor money.

MR GREENLIGHT - R3 Scottsville, 11:55 GMT

The three-year-old colt MR GREENLIGHT is easily the fastest in this line up and jumps off the page as the obvious winner, having clocked 59.51 when impressing in a barrier trial last month. Tierra Del Fuego can also play a significant part, while Western Oasis is in the running for a share of the minor money.




     10:45 - All To Come Maiden Plate (F & M) Many with scope for improvement and the race should show where the best of the draw is. BINT EL MALAK was fourth in a race that is proving strong and she must rate a fair chance here. AFRICAN ANGEL made good improvement round the Greyville turf track as well and she should not go backwards. FLEEK could score her overdue win. I'M FREE must be respected. Follow the betting.

    Top Tip: FLEEK (1)
    Watch out for: MISTY HEATH (4)

    11:20 - Follow Gold Circle On Facebook Maiden Plate ROCKET FIRE is improving after gelding. He may prefer the shorter trip as he was over-racing over further last time. LADY JACKSON should have won by now. She would have strengthened up and may have an advantageous draw here. ALFONSA SPAGONI has drawn alongside and he too has big claims on form this trip. FINAL ASSEMBLY and DONNAN should be right there.

    Top Tip: KING KOTINI (2)
    Watch out for: ROCKET FIRE (4)

    11:55 - Track & Ball Gaming Maiden Plate LIFE'S A GAMBLE caught the eye in his second start. The son of Twice Over should relish the longer trip and rates the one to beat. WESTERN OASIS is another Highveld raider that has shown potential. He has not drawn as well as the former but warrants respect. TIERRA DEL FUEGO ran on well on the poly from a wide draw second time out. He may not mind the turf after poly.

    Top Tip: LIFE'S A GAMBLE (10)
    Watch out for: TIERRA DEL FUEGO (12)

    12:30 - White Horse Function Room Maiden Plate (F & M) WHAT A THRILL showed good pace in a straight 1400 metres at the Vaal. It was her second start and she is improving. If enjoying the Scottsville track should have a big chance. FIRSTNAVALOFFICER finished runner-up in her last two and is heading the right way. She should enjoy this. LA DUCHESSE much improved at Greyville. REACTIVE GLAZE looks capable-she had excuses last.

    Top Tip: LA DUCHESSE (4)
    Watch out for: FIRSTNAVALOFFICER (5)

    13:05 - Lenny Taylor Memorial Mr 88 Handicap Wide open handicap. GOOD TO GIVE made good progress over this distance at Greyville last time. He has won over this track and trip and looks to have every chance with a light weight today. UNBELIEVABLE CHAD was going just as well but is 1,5kg worse off with GOOD TO GIVE. AFFRANCHI is a fair youngster and could dictate the race. ADMIRAL'S GUEST must have a say in this.

    Top Tip: ADMIRAL'S GUEST (1)
    Watch out for: AFFRANCHI (4)

    13:40 - Rockafellas Restaurant Mr 66 Handicap BANJO ON MY KNEE won as he liked on local debut and it was his first run over this marathon trip to boot. He will probably be green still as he gets to try Scottsville. NOBLE JOSHUA doesn't appear as well weighted as the former but is an improving youngster as well and he may also relish the trip. SEA SPONGE, FRANCOLIN, SOUTH PAW and STORM RULER should be right there.

    Top Tip: STORM RULER (4)
    Watch out for: NOBLE JOSHUA (2)

    14:15 - Pinnacle Stakes REBEL'S CHAMP is best weighted and for good reason. He has top class 1000 metre form and his Golden Loom performance entitles him to the utmost respect. But he tries Scottsville. CAPTAIN'S GIRL finished ahead of REBEL'S CHAMP in the Golden Loom and knows this track. She could confirm. CALVARY has won two in a row and could be headed for big races. More good sorts in it.

    Top Tip: SUNSET EYES (2)
    Watch out for: REBEL'S CHAMP (1)

    14:50 - Mobile Betting Visit Fm 74 Handicap (F & M) MARSALA is back to her favourite track and trip. She has a 4kg claim and on form should have every chance. SILENT CRUSADE won her maiden in good style and if taking to the track could follow up. She has scope for further improvement. LITTLE MISS ME had something in hand winning her last on the poly. She could bring the form to the turf. MITRA MUSIC could prefer the trip.

    Top Tip: OPERETTA (4)
    Watch out for: BEAT IT (1)

    15:25 - Soccer 6 Mr 64 Handicap SAVEA has been supported and disappointed. His rating has dropped and he runs in lesser company. Could gain in confidence here. PLAY THE NIGHT must be super fit after running three races in quick succession. He has improved and is back to the trip his only win came over. PUTCHINI is one of those that can pop up and he has been dropping in ratings. DON PIERRO has a say.

    Top Tip: SAVEA (2)
    Watch out for: WASHINGTON SQUARE (4)

Saturday, 17 November 2018


Cup weight blow for jockeys


Captain And Master deserves another chance and looks hard to beat.

Piere Strydom

In two weeks we have the running of the R2-million G-BETS Summer Cup which is one of the biggest and most prestigious races on the Gauteng calendar. It’s one of those races you want to win so you can include it on your CV, not only from the money point of view but because of its stature.

This year’s race will be particularly tough for a lot of jockeys to get a ride. Coral Fever has done so well of late and his merit rating keeps climbing. As a result, he will carry top weight of 60kg which is the maximum allowed for a Grade 1 race.

As a result, the second top weight is 54.5kg and everything else is lower with 52kg being the minimum. So, from a jockey’s point of view, there will probably be a lot of top jockeys sitting watching from the grandstand as they cannot do the light weight.

I’ve been riding Sabina’s Dynasty over the past few mounts but as she carries 53kg, and that seems out of reach, so I have no chance of riding her.

Obviously, I’ve been looking for the best possible ride I can get at the weights and hopefully a ride comes through and I can get a Summer Cup ride on a horse with some sort of chance. People often ask me why I take the ride if I don’t think I can win. Sometimes you take a ride because it’s better than watching from the stands. Without a ticket you have zero chance.

Racing today is on the Turffontein Inside track. Race 1 is a Maiden Plate over 1200m and you could quite easily begin the day with a winning bet. My selection is Without Limits and from a plum No 1 draw she looks the horse to beat. There is an unraced horse in Super Fine while Seventh Light has only raced once and that was a year ago so they could be the main danger to my selection.

Race 2 is another Maiden Plate and this time it looks a lot trickier but my first selection is Jacko Boy, who is a filly, by the way. She ran against the colts last time and was not beaten by far. For the BiPot include Banana Republic and possibly the unraced Starlighttemptress as the raced runners do not look that strong.

Race 3 is another Maiden Plate with no runners having outstanding form, so you need to go wide. Toastmaster, Myview and Myrrh are my main contenders. All three need to go into the Place Accumulator.

Race 4 is yet another Maiden Plate and none of these horses has strong form. My first choice is Fly Thought who disappointed last time out but on her first run she is the runner to beat. Her danger is Viscountess Vivien who ran pretty well from a wide draw last time out. Others with chances include that filly’s stable companions, Dunas Douradas and Mill Creek.

For the PA include Fly Thought and Viscountess Vivien, and add the other two into the Pick 6. If they are not enough then you probably need the field.

Race 5 is a fillies’ handicap and my original thoughts were that Pretty Ballerina was the right horse. She should enjoy the Inside track and the 200m shorter trip will suit her. But there are so many others with chances. They are Fariha, Cold Cash, Tammany Hall and Noceur.

Pick Pretty Ballerina and two of the others for the PA. For the Pick 6 add in all the others runners but you could also include Waity Katie, Hafla and anything else you might like.

Race 6 is a Middle Stakes with your best handicapped runner, who is Hakeem, holding the advantage. However, in this race there is not much between the best handicapped runners. I will stay with Hakeem as my first choice and I think he could be a hard horse to beat. He is a possible banker but unfortunately he has a bad draw.

Race 7 is an Assessment Plate where your best handicapped horses should come out on top. In this case that role is with Silver Thursday who has not run in 196 days, so she could be in need of the run. The next best handicapped horse is Captain And Master and even though he let me down last time I will give him another chance because if Silver Thursday is not fit enough, he will be the horse to beat. Banker Captain And Master in the PA. You could take a chance and banker him in the Pick 6 but if you believe Silver Thursday is fit enough, you had better put her in.

Race 8 is a fillies’ handicap and Strawberry Pavlova looks the horse to beat as she ran in a feature last time and was not beaten that far. She was found not to be striding out on that occasion and the little bit of rain we had yesterday should help her cause.

Her only danger looks to be Invincible Lady. I rode her a while back and she gave me the impression she could improve quite a bit so the short break could have done her wonders. Banker Strawberry Pavlova in the PA and add Invincible Lady to the Pick 6.

Race 9 is another fillies’ handicap. The main fancies on form have to be Pale Lilac and Samarra but both have drawn badly so for that reason you will need other inclusions. Take the draws into account to guide your selection.

On that basis I will make Elegancia my first selection. Others with solid form are Wings Of Light and All I Got. For the PA include those three with either Pale Lilac or Samarra while all those mentioned need to go in the Pick 6.

Best Bet

Captain And Master

Value bet

Pretty Ballerina



Race 1 Swinger 4x5

Race 8 Win 5

PA R216










Race 1 Swinger 2x8

Race 2 Swinger 1x9

PA R144









10:30 - Welcomes You Maiden Plate (F & M)

WITHOUT LIMITS wasn't disgraced in her first local run and should be concerned in the finish. SEVENTH LIGHT was backed when unplaced on debut in the Cape but was given a lengthy break since - watch! RHYME OR REASON should again get into the picture. BEL CANTO CHORUS appears held on latest. Watch first-timer SUPER FINE.

Watch out for: WITHOUT LIMITS (2)

11:05 - Betting World - 087 741 2777 Maiden Plate (F & M)

This is not a strong maiden plate and if first-timer STARLIGHTTEMPTRESS has any ability could win it. Watch the betting. BANANA REPUBLIC has been running close up and could take advantage of the moderate line up. KUTAMBA has a shout if ready after a rest. JACKO BOY is a filly that could improve more. SEA OF ROSES showed improve pace after a rest. HIT THE ROAD can do better.

Top Tip: KUTAMBA (2)
Watch out for: BANANA REPUBLIC (1)

11:40 - Sonal Jackpot Special Maiden Plate

MYRRH is maturing now and should get into the fight for honours. MYVIEW should be right there on collateral form. TOASTMASTER enjoyed the extra last time and goes further still. DYNA JET tries a longer trip again. LOUIS THE GREAT wasn't disgraced after a rest in his first local run. GREATEST WISH lacked acceleration last time and the extra could help. TONGUE TWISTER can place.

Top Tip: MYRRH (4)
Watch out for: MYVIEW (5)

12:15 - Lonaci Jackpot Special Maiden Plate (F & M)

MILL CREEK showed improvement after a rest and can go on. She is coupled with year-younger VISCOUNTESS VIVIEN (maturing nicely) and should confirm with DUNAS DOURADAS who is another that appreciated the break. STORMBORNE THUNDER is battling to crack a win but cannot be ignored. FLY THOUGHT proved costly last time and never got into it. Watch!

Watch out for: STORMBORNE THUNDER (4)

12:55 - Tab Pays The Full Dividend, No Limits Fm 84 Handicap (F & M)

Competitive. FARIHA is ready to capture her 2nd win. She receives 9kg from top weight COLD CASH which could do the trick. NOCEUR is bang in form and could complete a hat-trick. On this PRETTY BALLERINA (2,5kg better for 1,25L) comes into the picture. TAMMANY HALL has found her right trip now and could double up. HAFLA and THE SASH are more with winning claims.

Top Tip: NOCEUR (3)
Watch out for: COLD CASH (1)

13:35 - Supabets - 0861 76 22 37 Middle Stakes

EXCALIBUR'S RETURN has won all 4 over this distance and the combo is on a hat-trick. Stable companion HAKEEM ran close up last time but appears moody. HOKANUI is a strong front runner but it could get close with OBVIOUS CHILD who is 2kg better for 3 lengths. WAR LEGEND is never far off them. INN A MILLION is better than his last run after a rest. Respect FORAFEWDOLLARSMORE.

Top Tip: INN A MILLION (2)
Watch out for: HAKEEM (3)

14:05 - Soccer 6, 10 And 13 Assessment Plate

SILVER THURSDAY starts her summer campaign and if near ready should give a good account of herself. CAPTAIN AND MASTER should be at peak fitness and should be right there. LAKE KINNERET is not well in but loves it here. WHITEHAVEN was a touch unlucky last time but will come on. LEFTRIGHTGOODNIGHT needed his first as a gelding and sports blinkers now.

Watch out for: LAKE KINNERET (1)

14:35 - 0861 150 160 Fm 88 Divided Handicap (F & M)

BEING FABULOUS has a good barrier position and could lead all the way to score. INVINCIBLE LADY has been in the money in all 6 starts and should improve the stats. STRAWBERRY PAVLOVA is honest and should see out the mile. FLOWING GOWN carries a light weight for a change and should run well. GUNS AND ROSES is capable but could needed it.

Watch out for: STRAWBERRY PAVLOVA (3)

15:10 - Next Turffontein Race Meeting Is Saturday 24 November Fm 70 Divided Handicap (F & M)

Many with winning claims. PALE LILAC should be at peak fitness and could take it. SAMARRA ran well last time but needs to overcome a wide draw. Stable mates ELEGANCIA and EXCLUSIVITY are always there with money chances. WRITTEN may need it. WINGS OF LIGHT, DIVA FAUSTINA, MICROBE and LEOPARD LILY could pull it off.

Top Tip: PALE LILAC (1)
Watch out for: SAMARRA (2)


12:05 - Welcomes You Maiden Plate

DRAGON POWER has been in the money in all five starts and should not be long in winning. KINGSTON ROCK showed pace when finishing ahead of that rival last time and with further improvement expected should be competitive again. EMPIRE GLORY has shown enough to get a look in. AUGUSTINA was gelded after his debut so is open to improvement too. Watch the betting on the newcomers.

Watch out for: EMPIRE GLORY (5)

12:45 - Tab Telebet 0861 000 822 Progress Plate

Top race. PLEASEDTOMEETYOU has plenty to do on at the ratings but could defy these terms over this trip after only tiring late in a 3yo feature over further last time. SPEEDPOINT and SAND AND SEA are closely matched on the form of last season's CTS 1200. Both return from rests but the latter may have more to offer after gelding. LANZA and CLIPPER CAPTAIN aren't without chances

Watch out for: SAND AND SEA (2)

13:20 - Maiden Plate

Open maiden featuring many likely improvers but the value could lie with MAGIC MIKE who acquitted himself well from the widest draw on debut. He wasn't far behind stable companion Senatla who has bolted up since. CASH CALL, LADDER MAN and TENNESSEE have all shown enough to be competitive and may have more to offer this trip. Respect HYPNOTIST, MASTER OF SPAIN and PEGA D'ORO.

Top Tip: CABO DA CRUZ (1)
Watch out for: CASH CALL (3)

13:55 - Betting World 087 741 2777 Mr 71 Handicap

Snaith-trained runners QUEST and BELGARION (stable elect with Fourie up) were maiden winners last time out. Both have plenty room for further improvement and should go well on handicap debut. KZN maiden winner CALIENTE should also have more to offer. MEGA SECRET and CYBER LAW are capable of making their presence felt at this level. Frontrunner BRANDENBURG has claims too.

Top Tip: CYBER LAW (2)
Watch out for: CALIENTE (5)

14:25 - Play Soccer 6, 10 And 13 Progress Plate (F & M)

Speedy TEMPLE GRAFIN lost nothing in defeat when 2nd in a 1400m Grade 2 behind classy Clouds Unfold. She was a feature winner over 1200m trip as a 2yo so should enjoy reverting to this trip on favourable terms. MISS KATALIN is well in and should pose the biggest threat. SUGAR GIRL can turn the tables on DYNAMIC DIANA over this trip and on these terms. NOUS VOILA can earn too.

Watch out for: DYNAMIC DIANA (2)

14:55 - Supabets 0861 76 22 37 Fm 92 Divided Handicap (F & M)

RAYA BAYA has turned a corner in blinkers and will have more to offer an eye-catching comeback run when finishing ahead of DYNASTY'S BLOSSOM, who should also strip fitter. TALITHA BORELAIS and RUBYANA are closely matched on form - both warrant respect. FOXY PRINCESS and EXPEDITE try further and could feature if effective this trip. LOVE SUPREME and BARONESS MARY will be there.

Watch out for: RAYA BAYA (2)

15:25 - 0861 150 160 Fm 71 Divided Handicap (F & M)

Tricky. SUMMER MOON has been threatening to win again but must negotiate a wide draw. She renews rivalry with SYMPHONY on 1kg better terms so there should be little between the pair, although the latter's only outing over this trip left a lot to be desired. ANGEL OF ATHENS and CAVALLERIA are capable of contesting the outcome but jump on terms to do so. BLUE FLOWER tries 2000m?

Top Tip: SUMMER MOON (2)
Watch out for: SYMPHONY (3)

15:55 - Next Meeting Kenilworth 21 November 2018 Maiden Plate (F & M)

MERKABA and SPARKELING FIRE (if taking her place) have shown enough to be competitive but both have tough tasks overcoming wide starting berths. DANCING FOR RAIN has improved since going ground and could trouble the judge too. However, PRINCESS IRENE has most scope trying this trip and, with improvement expected, could get it right and leave the maiden ranks behind her.

Top Tip: MERKABA (4)
Watch out for: PRINCESS IRENE (5)



Timeform pick out their three best bets from Kenilworth on Saturday...

#4 Temple Grain - Kenilworth R5 (14:25 GMT)

Temple Grain has made a great start to her career, winning three of her five starts, and her latest effort in a Grade 2 event at this course reads well, only beaten one and a quarter lengths in second. This doesn't look as strong a race and she is expected to resume winning ways.

#7 Expedite - Kenilworth R6 (14:55 GMT)

Expedite arguably proved better than ever when winning an eight-runner handicap at this course last time, leaving the impressed she'll be suited by this slightly longer trip, and she is fancied to follow up and record her fourth win of the year. Raya Baya and Rubyana may prove the biggest dangers.

#5 Princess Irene - Kenilworth R8 (15:55 GMT)

This doesn't look the strongest race of its type, and it will be disappointing if Princess Irene isn't able to open her account. She sets a good standard in this line-up judged on her latest runner-up effort at this course last time and is expected to come home in front.