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Monday, 17 December 2018


Timeform pick out their three best bets from Turffontein on Monday...

#12 Reach For The Line - Turffontein R1 (11:20 GMT)

Reach For The Line made a very promising debut at this course last month and was thought good enough to contest a Grade 2 event over C&D last time. He wasn't disgraced there, and connections have seemingly found him a great opportunity here. Varsity Bourbon looks the likeliest danger.

#4 Whatabeauty - Turffontein R3 (12:30 GMT)

This doesn't look the strongest race of its type, and Whatabeauty sets a fair standard in this line-up. Her latest run at Vaal was probably her best effort yet and a repeat of that performance should suffice. Eternal Summer could prove the biggest threat.

#1 Hero's Honour - Turffontein R7 (14:45 GMT)

Hero's Honour was last seen winning the S A Derby over a mile and a half at this course back in May and, although he drops significantly in trip, he really ought to take all the beating in this field. Greek Fire looks next best and is feared most.


11:20 AM - Welcomes You Maiden Plate

Competitive opener. VARSITY BOURBON wasn't disgraced on debut and being out of a National Emblem mare will stay the distance. Stable mate LASAIR loved the extra last time and could come out trumps. NIMCHA went too fast early and given a more relaxed ride will go on. REACH FOR THE LINE disappointed in the Dingaans but deserves another chance. WINTER CRUSADE could feature.

Watch out for: TI GAR (3)
211:55 AM - All To Come Maiden Plate

INDY ICE appears a difficult ride but the marathon trip could be just what he is looking for. THE BOSBOK stays well and will give another good show. WILD FIRE and FLAME FELLA should relish the extra. THE LITIGATOR shouldn't be far behind them. SMART DEAL could find true form so must be considered. LUNICO is starting to show. Hard Knockers VOODOO and TONGUE TWISTER could place.

Top Tip: SMART DEAL (1)
Watch out for: THE BOSBOK (2)
312:30 PM - Tab Telebet - 0861 000 822 Maiden Plate (F & M)

MATANUSKA has been knocking. She holds FLIRTY GIRTY, ETERNAL SUMMER, NANDI'S VISION and SHIMMIRRA on recent form and rates the one to beat. WHATABEAUTY is doing better now and could get into the action. REGAL GIRL jumps up in distance and could make the frame. PEGGY CARTER can improve more.

Top Tip: MATANUSKA (1)
Watch out for: WHATABEAUTY (4)
41:05 PM - Tab Pays The Full Dividend, No Limits Fm 80 Handicap (F & M)

PILGRIM'S PROGRESS improved in her last 2 when sporting blinkers and with 3,5kg off her load could capitalise. ARTE has a pull of 1,5kg with GOEDE HOOP for a neck defeat and could turn it around, however, she disappointed last time. KNYSNA ROSE ran below form last time but stays well and could earn. PARISIENNE CHIC is never far off them. RATION MY PASSION can go on.

Top Tip: ARTE (1)
Watch out for: PARISIENNE CHIC (2)
51:40 PM - Betting World - 087 741 2777 Mr 86 Handicap

GREAT SHAKA and COPPER JAY are consistently in the money and should have the race to themselves. The former looks speedier and could hold on to an advantage. However, if they cut their throats in front PILLAROFTHEEARTH could grab them late, WHORLY WHORLY did well on the Poly track recently and could make the quartet.

Top Tip: COPPER JAY (1)
Watch out for: GREAT SHAKA (2)
62:10 PM - Supabets - 0861 76 22 37 Pinnacle Stakes

BUFFALO BILL CODY has matured into a top colt and has a bright chance to make it 3 from 3 over a mile. CAPTAIN AND MASTER is no slouch and won't go down without a fight. UNAGI has found form and could get into the mix. PIETRO MASCAGNI, TALKTOTHESTARS and THE ROCKETMAN are looking for minor money.

Watch out for: BUFFALO BILL CODY (4)
72:45 PM - Book A Table 0116811508 Assessment Plate

GREEK FIRE will be at peak fitness and should have no problem in beating this lot. MAKE YOUR MOVE looks the likely runner to lay down the gauntlet. HERO'S HONOUR has ability but should need the run. SENOR LIZARD appears moody but has a money chance. THE LAWYER found support when winning on the second time of asking. ON THE DOUBLE is looking for minor money.

Top Tip: GREEK FIRE (2)
Watch out for: MAKE YOUR MOVE (5)
83:15 PM - Next Turffontein Racemeeting Saturday 22 December Mr 66 Handicap

ARROWS OF DESIRE should be ready to give a good performance. PRIVATE RULER is running well and should be thereabouts. TRULY should enjoy returning to a mile trip. ROCKY PATH comes off a rest after his maiden win and could go on. TORIO LAKE is running close up and must be respected. GRETO and ZERODARKTHIRTY could upset the apple-cart.

Watch out for: TORIO LAKE (5)

Lamzat Tips For Turffontein

1 Reach for the Line

2 Wild Fire

3 Eternal Summer

4 Emerald Bay

5 Great Shaka

6 Captain and Master

7 Heroes

8 Ladies Club



Race 6 Swinger 2x4

Race 7 Swinger 1x2

PA R288








Trainer comment : Race 4

Grant Maroun

No 1 Arte has a strong chance.


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Winning Form Best Bets
Race 3: MATANUSKA(1)
Race 5: GREAT SHAKA(2)
Race 7: HERO'S HONOUR(1)

Magic Tips Best Bets
Race 1: REACH FOR THE LI(12) (Win)
Jockey: Gavin Lerena - Trainer: Mike/Adam Azzie

The highly rated REACH FOR THE LINE had an excuse for his flop in a Grade 2 event over this c & d last month but he drops heavily into maiden company today. Of course he was outrun late into 2nd by the high quality unbeaten entrant Hawwaam prior to that and is certainly one worth following.

Race 5: GREAT SHAKA(2)
Jockey: Gavin Lerena - Trainer: Grant Maroun

GREAT SHAKA is knocking hard at the door for his next career triumph and he was caught in the last stride in a similar event over this c & d recently. Of course he easily beat today's rivals COPPER JAY and PILLAROFTHEEARTH in his comeback run prior to that and now has his peak effort. Admittedly, the former had an excuse that day but has remained consistent and could certainly test the first selection with his regular veteran rider in the saddle.

Jockey: Gavin Lerena - Trainer: Mike de Kock

The high quality sparingly raced colt BUFFALO BILL CODY had a super-impressive last c & d triumph in his comeback run on handicap terms and he is undoubtedly still ahead of the handicapper. The son of Redoute's Choice will be fitter now as he is perhaps prepares for a feature stab in the Cape and is certainly worth following.

Race 7: GREEK FIRE(2)
Jockey: Gavin Lerena - Trainer: Mike/Adam Azzie

GREEK FIRE was disappointing when he failed to beat much lesser opposition a fortnight ago but the quality but injury plagued gelding may have still needed that outing and should be cherry-ripe here.

Race 8: GRETO(14) (Each Way)
Jockey: Muzi Yeni - Trainer: Fabian Habib

An extremely tricky low-key final handicap where definite caution is advised but there was much to like about the improvement the Toreador gelding GRETO showed last time out and of course he represents an in-form yard

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Lamzat Tips For Greyville

1 Home Ruler - Can Place

2 Wynkeder

3 Magical Java Can Win

4 Carlburg

5 Toronto

6 Miziara/Mocha Rose

7 Dawn Calling

8 Queens Plain



Race 1 Trifecta 3,7,10 x 3,7,10 x Field

Race 7 Swinger 2x3

PA R216









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

#7 Allez les Bleu - Greyville R1 (11:15 GMT)

Allez les Bleu finished a good second in a Barrier Trial at this course in October and on the form of that run she looks the one to beat. She is worth forgiving a below-par run since and can come out on top, with Seraphic and Imperial Royal feared most.

#5 Neala - Greyville R2 (11:50 GMT)

Neala has been in great form this year, winning two of her four starts, and this looks a good opportunity for her to record a third win. She sets a clear standard in this field and is a confident selection. Tribal Fusion and Sir Bernadini make most appeal of the remainder.

#5 Miss Smarty Pants - Greyville R7 (14:40 GMT)

Miss Smarty Pants arrives in great form having won her last two starts both at this course, and she is fancied to go in again and complete the hat-trick. Celestina hasn't been at her best lately but would be dangerous to discount if back to her best, while Queen of Alamo is also respected.


12:00 PM - Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle

The powerhouse Gigginstown team look unstoppable in this race, especially considering recent course second Momus is arguably the support act to their BATTLEOVERDOYEN. Gordon Elliott's charge was snapped up for 235,000 pounds less than a week after winning a point-to-point in April last year and patience was rewarded when he reappeared to win a Punchestown bumper by over six lengths at Punchestown last month. He is taken to remain unbeaten here. Barry Geraghty rides Pike County out of the five JP McManus-owned runners, though Denise Foster's charge will have to improve on his modest effort at Down Royal last month.

Watch out for: MOMUS (6)
212:30 PM - Navan Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)

EASY GAME got up in the shadow of the post to land a Grade 3 over this course and distance last time and Ruby Walsh keeps the partnership intact as they bid for another Pattern-race success. His trainer Willie Mullins also has Getareason in the contest, though his recent efforts in Listed company leave him with a fair bit to find. Joseph O'Brien saddles the JP McManus-owned Rhinestone, a narrow winner at Naas on his hurdling bow, and the Gigginstown runner Choungaya, though that powerhouse ownership team have stronger claims with Gordon Elliott's duo Defi Bleu and Monbeg Worldwide, who bids for a hat-trick of wins after bagging a brace at Fairyhouse.

Top Tip: EASY GAME (7)
Watch out for: MONBEG WORLDWIDE (5)
31:00 PM - Tara Handicap Hurdle (Grade B)

Gordon Elliott has won the last two renewals of this contest and has plenty going for him today, with Dinaria Des Obeaux marginally preferred ahead of De Plotting Shed, Ball D'Arc, Squouateur and Stooshie. Jessie Harrington runs recent course winner Walk To Freedom as well as Law Girl and Jack Fiasco, but this could go the way of Paul Nolan and ROOSTER BYRON. The seven-year-old signed off last spring with a hat-trick of successes and appeared to be in fine fettle on his return when third at Cork last month. Off the same mark here, he could be hard to beat. Willie Mullins saddles both Orion D'Aubrelle and Calie Du Mesnil, who also merit respect in a typically competitive contest.

Watch out for: DINARIA DES OBEAUX (6)
41:30 PM - John Lynch Carpets Maiden Hurdle

DIAMOND TURF was no match for a race-fit rival in First Approach at Down Royal on his hurdling debut and, with that experience under his belt, he can only improve with the extra distance likely to suit. Atlantic Shore won a point-to-point at Knockanard in February and makes some appeal on his Rules debut for Philip Fenton, while Denwork looks best of the remainder on his third to Defi Bleu at Navan.

Watch out for: ATLANTIC SHORE (1)
52:05 PM - Free Racecourse WiFi At Navan Rated Novice Chase

SIR CARNO improved from his chase debut when runner-up to Game Of War at Thurles last month and he looks set to take another step forward with the extra couple of furlongs to suit. He's No Molly won his last two outings over timber in the autumn and doesn't have many miles on the clock with this being his fifth start, while Stowaway Forever is respected on his past couple of outings at Fairyhouse and Naas.

Top Tip: SIR CARNO (8)
Watch out for: HE'S NO MOLLY (3)
62:35 PM - Handicap Chase

ALLEE BLEUE is well handicapped if able to recapture some of his older form and he has joined Gordon Elliott since his latest outing at Kempton in March when a well-beaten favourite. This looks a very winnable contest on paper and he could prove too strong for the likes of Bitsandpieces, who showed up well at Clonmel earlier in the month, and Well Tom, who steps back up in trip having fallen in a Grade 2 at Punchestown last time.

Top Tip: ALLEE BLEUE (3)
Watch out for: BITSANDPIECES (1)
73:10 PM - 'Future Champions' Flat Race (Listed)

ENVOI ALLEN made a taking start to his Rules career when winning what is normally a well-contested bumper, beating Port Stanley by four lengths at Fairyhouse a fortnight ago. The fact his trainer, Gordon Elliott, turns him out so quickly in an event where he has sent his better bumper horses in years gone by, including Samcro (2016) and Don Cossack (2011), speaks volumes about how he is regarded. Midnight Run won nicely on his debut at Galway and is a full-brother to this year's Champion Bumper runner-up Carefully Selected, while Well Set Up won impressively at Down Royal in January and is respected being a half-sister to Grade 2-winning hurdler On The Blind Side.

Top Tip: ENVOI ALLEN (3)
Watch out for: MIDNIGHT RUN (4)


12:10 PM - Jigsaw Sports Branding Handicap Chase

Caroline Fryer's MIDNIGHT BLISS is unbeaten in five and despite being 8lb higher than her victory when last seen in the summer, the eight-year-old is more than capable of getting involved once again at a course her handler has a 21-percent strike-rate at over the last five seasons. Richard Johnson takes over on Apache Prince, who is yet to score over fences but has some smart form over hurdles, while Packettotherafters placed here off 1lb higher in the autumn and could surprise if on a going day.

Watch out for: APACHEE PRINCE (4)
212:40 PM - Bet At Handicap Chase

Track regular ULIS DE VASSY has struggled so far this winter but finds himself 4lb lower than when successful over course and distance in the spring and now appears to be the right time to return to a venue he has scored three times at in the past. Boughtbeforelunch was a long way ahead of the selection here in November, but is 7lb higher in the ratings today and unseated his rider early on at Huntingdon last weekend, while Generous Day wasn't beaten far at Hereford last time and warrants respect. Riddlestown is another who loves it round here and the seven-time course winner is just 2lb higher than when scoring at Towcester in the summer. Sue Smith's pair of Iskabeg Lane and Dartford Warbler are others with possibilities.

Top Tip: ULIS DE VASSY (11)
Watch out for: RIDDLESTOWN (3)
31:10 PM - Casino Maiden Hurdle

UMBRIGADO was a comfortable winner of a Uttoxeter bumper last month on his first outing for David Pipe and his 160,000-pound purchase sets the standard once again on his hurdles bow. Khage was in the lead and clear when falling in the second half of his hurdles bow at Bangor and could make amends following wind surgery for a team in decent form, while Shanty Alley could make his way on to the podium if repeating the form of his Hereford fourth.

Top Tip: UMBRIGADO (9)
Watch out for: KHAGE (4)
41:45 PM - Ebf 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle

Stoney Mountain sets a useful standard having followed up his battling victory over the useful Aye Aye Charlie with a narrow defeat at the hands of a promising novice at Ascot last month and the return of Richard Johnson to the saddle is a positive. However, preference is for Olly Murphy's 100,000-pound gelding SEEMINGLY SO, who stayed on well to score on his Rules debut at Market Rasen and should only improve for a step up in trip with jockey Fergus Gregory removing a useful 5lb. Golden Whisky is another set to be suited by tackling further here, with Saturdaynightfever respected on the best of his bumper form despite a disappointing hurdles bow at Plumpton.

Watch out for: STONEY MOUNTAIN (2)
52:15 PM - Bet At Mares' Handicap Hurdle

KIMBERLEY POINT arrives here on a hat-trick for Alan King and it would be a surprise if she didn't continue on an upward trajectory. A mark of 123 could still underestimate her and this is a nice opening for a trainer who is 9-29 in hurdle races at this venue in the last five years. Canny Style took a big step forward to claim the spoils at Sedgefield last month, while Darlyn did it well at Uttoxeter four weeks ago and also merits consideration.

Watch out for: CANNY STYLE (3)
62:50 PM - Casino Mares' Maiden Hurdle

MONBEG ZENA is an exciting recruit for Jared Sullivan and Olly Murphy, having won her point-to-point by fourth lengths in February 2017, and the daughter of Flemensfirth can make her debut under Rules a winning one for the young handler. Executive Capilano is open to further improvement on just her second start for Dan Skelton, while Berboru was third at 100-1 at Market Rasen last time out and should appreciate this extra yardage.

Top Tip: MONBEG ZENA (5)
Watch out for: BERBORU (2)
73:20 PM - Bet At Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle

James King is one of the more experienced riders in this race and there was much to like about TRIGGER NICHOL's effort when second at Huntingdon last time. He has clearly come out of that race well to be lining up just seven days later, and first-time cheekpieces could prove the catalyst for success. Zamoyski won two in a row here when last seen 439 days ago and warrants a betting check, while Great Tempo is another to note.

Watch out for: ZAMOYSKI (3)