Saturday, 1 December 2018


10:30 - Maiden Plate (F & M)

Expect BIG betting pools on Cup day! COMANECI is strongly fancied to win before this but if takes her place will be competitive. Both ESKIMO KISSES (showed inexperience) and CASTLE GATE (fatigued) were supported on debut and will come on. HUDDLE drops back to shorter and could feature. SENECA FALLS can earn. Watch newcomers especially PIGEON POST and ELUSIVE QUEST. Tricky.

Watch out for: HUDDLE (1)

11:05 - Crazy Slots Maiden Plate (3-Year-Olds)

MYTHICAL BOLT was backed when a close 2nd on debut. He showed inexperience then and should be hard to beat now. POTJIE races as a gelding now after a long lay off and could make huge improvement. GIMME THE FIRE was never travelling well on his local debut and should do better. Watch newcomers especially DUKE OF SWING.

Top Tip: POTJIE (6)
Watch out for: MYTHICAL BOLT (4)

11:40 - Metro Fm Mr 80 Handicap

GREAT SHAKA was narrowly beaten after a 3 months break and should contest the finish. ALPINE GLACIER is holding form and won't go down without a fight. GALACTIC WARRIOR cracked a deserved 2nd win last time and could get into the action. ON THAT BOULEVARD is having his 3rd run after a rest and gelding and with GREASEPAINT, BATTLE CREEK as well as PURPLE DIAMOND could earn.

Watch out for: GREAT SHAKA (1)

12:20 - G-Bets Stakes Gallop Secretariat Stakes (Listed) (3 Year-Olds)

A good strong field for the R7,5M expected P6 pool. GIMME A WAVE is crying out for this course and distance and could take honours. FIRDOAS needed last outing and will come on heaps. AGAINST THE GRAIN is in form but meets stronger now and will be tested. BOLD EAGLE needed his first run as a gelding and could find best form here. BLONDE VISION and VIKING TRAIL have scope.

Watch out for: FIRDOAS (2)

13:00 - Epol Magnolia Handicap (Grade 3) (Fillies And Mares)

Many are looking to capture the Epol Magnolia Handicap. WRECKING BALL should now enjoy this exact distance. CAPTAIN'S PRINCESS should be at peak fitness and rates a serious runner. COVERED IN SNOW should be ready to give a good performance. SCHIPPERS didn't recover from a poor start last time - respect. IMAGE AWARD needed it and will be catching late. Est. R1,2M JACKPOT pool!

Watch out for: SCHIPPERS (6)

13:35 - Goldrush Derby Run Merchants (Grade 2)

A competitive Merchants. ROSE IN BLOOM showed determination sporting blinkers and racing on this surface for the first time. She could double up. However, Craig may have preferred the ride on PINNACLE PEAK who needed his last run. RIVARINE won well after a rest and could go in again. WONDERWALL races before this and could get into the frame if runs. CAPTAIN AND MASTER can earn.

Top Tip: RIVARINE (8)
Watch out for: PINNACLE PEAK (1)

14:45 - G-Bets Gauteng Summer Cup (Grade 1) (Handicap)

Mike De Kock has the top 3 in the betting, CASCAPEDIA, TAKINGTHEPEACE and NOBLE SECRET as well as LIKE A PANTHER. The last 2 disappointed last time but are lively contenders on earlier form. SECRET POTION showed her well being when beating CASCAPEDIA after a rest. IT'S MY TURN has ability but may be short a run. Weight could keep CORAL FEVER out. CASH TIME can go all the way.

Top Tip: CORAL FEVER (1)
Watch out for: CASCAPEDIA (2)

15:25 - World Sports Betting Ipi Tombe Challenge (Grade 2) (Fillies And Mares)

Tricky IPI TOMBE. REDBERRY LANE is honest and always gives of her best, however, she has to concede 9kg to up and coming 3-year-old NAFAAYES which could be asking a bit much. AL DANZA showed her well being after a break and should be in the shake-up. FIORELLA raided well last year with a big run in the Classic. She knows how to do it. DAGMAR and SYLVAN ON FIRE could feature.

Top Tip: FIORELLA (2)
Watch out for: REDBERRY LANE (1)

16:00 - Gauteng Tourism Authority Maiden Plate

Competitive. EPIC DREAM needed his last run and should now love the mile. ZILLZAAL wasn't disgraced on debut and is looking for this distance. Lyle appears to have opted for him in place of CINNABON who has improved as a gelding. INDY ICE appears a difficult ride but with DYNAJET, STALKING, WINTER CRUSADE, DREAM DESTINY and HANDS OF MAN could get into the mix.

Top Tip: EPIC DREAM (4)
Watch out for: ZILLZAAL (13)

16:35 - Racing Association Handicap (Listed)

Weight could come into play. ALI BON DUBAI has matured now and could go in again, however, he has to concede 6,5kg to HORSEPLAY who even though he never beat much, won full of running over a marathon trip. ARTE is as honest as they come and shouldn't be far off. MIGHTY AND MAGIC could take home a cheque. TOP CLASSMAN has a shout if not affected by altitude. TIRZAN can earn.

Top Tip: ARTE (6)
Watch out for: ALI BON DUBAI (2)

17:05 - Citizen Mr 80 Handicap

LONE SURVIVOR has been kept on the boil and with Gavin back aboard should go close to doubling up. Big danger could be D'ARRIVEE who is in form and also looking to double up with Warren in the saddle. MORNING CATCH shouldn't be far off them on recent form. HELIOS and stable mate THRONG needed their last outings and could improve. WELL CONNECTED had had chances but could earn.

Watch out for: D' ARRIVEE (4)

17:35 - Mr 90 Handicap

A difficult race to end Cup day. COME THE DAY is never far back but with blinkers now on could go close. THE DAZZLER has now found form and should stay the trip. He could follow up. OBVIOUS CHILD and AMERICAN INDIAN are also looking to go in again. ILITSHE is underrated and despite his age must be considered. The balance are all capable of pulling it off.

Top Tip: THE DAZZLER (5)
Watch out for: AMERICAN INDIAN (7)

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