Sunday, 20 January 2019


10:40 AM - Cyril Buckham Maiden Juvenile Plate

AGENT MURPHY is promising and should go one better after finding one too good at Greyville. He 'won' his trial by over 10 lengths and has scope for further improvement. MR MINISTER can fill the exacta spot after finishing well to take second in his third event. The longer trip should prove ideal. RON'S JOY showed potential in his trial and with COMPASS FIRE can get into it.

Watch out for: AGENT MURPHY (1)
211:15 AM - Jock Sproule Maiden Plate (F & M)

EXTRAVARGANT caught the eye in her debut. She played up at the start in that and that is a worry. Stable mate STAR VEGA travelled nicely at the end of her trial on the Greyville poly. She could prove a big threat if not minding the switch to turf. HOME RULER put in a very forward showing her in official debut and looks to have drawn well. TWICE OVER SATIN looks capable.

Top Tip: AMEX (4)
Watch out for: AFRICAN DIVA (3)
311:50 AM - Pat Guilfoyle Maiden Plate

VINSON was allowed to stride freely in front and was clear ahead of the others in that trial. He should relish the 1200 metre straight sprint. KINGDOM COME has official runs in the bank and those were fair runs. He should have won by now and with top rider Anton Marcus up can score. SACRED JOURNEY was well behind VINSON but is well bred and can only improve. More can earn.

Watch out for: DALLAS (1)
412:25 PM - Richard 'Dick' Denney Mr 71 Handicap

BORN TO PERFORM is getting better. He is unbeaten on the poly but may also prefer the turf which he tries here. FARLAND won a nice race when given a positive ride from the front last time. He can follow up at this venue. PLAY THE NIGHT has honest form and could be in the right place at the right time. MERLIN FROM BERLIN and ARCHILLES are capable of going close.

Top Tip: FARLAND (1)
Watch out for: BORN TO PERFORM (3)
51:00 PM - Graham Rock Maiden Plate (F & M)

GIGLIO relished the longer trip but showed inexperience in her third start upcountry. She can only improve but only the race will show if she appreciates the Scottsville racecourse. LEANNA went too far last time. She did well over this trip prior but needs to break on terms. HOPE FOR MILLIONS, THRU THE TREES, SUN ON SAND and HIT THE GAS could get into the finishing fight.

Top Tip: LEANNA (3)
Watch out for: HOPE FOR MILLIONS (6)
61:35 PM - Riki Takahashi Mr 88 Handicap

MARDI GRAS brings a big reputation to KwaZulu-Natal. He has high class sprint form and could be hard to beat in his first try at today's venue. He has what looks a plum draw. EXCLUSIVE QUANTITY has not been disgracing himself over slightly further. He should be right there this shorter trip. CAPTAIN VON TRAPP is knocking hard for another win. MY MAJESTIC GLORY has talent.

Top Tip: MARDI GRAS (1)
Watch out for: CAPTAIN VON TRAPP (6)
72:10 PM - Michael Roberts Handicap (Listed)

Good renewal of the Michael Roberts Handicap. PIETRO MASCAGNI looks well placed after some cracking Highveld runs including one in a feature. DIVINE ODYSSEY is another Highveld raider with big claims. He looks to be getting better but is carded to run on the 19th of Jan. DARK MOON RISING did big things during the winter and must be respected. DAWN CALLING was unlucky last.

Watch out for: DIVINE ODYSSEY (7)
82:40 PM - Verna Roberts Fm 76 Handicap (F & M)

The last two races look tough. SPRING BREEZE hasn't been far off and looks to have scored in the barrier draw department again. BEAT IT was threatening at Greyville and not far off in her last run here. LA BELLA has run her best races here but has a standside draw this time. Could suit. MARSALA is capable of upsetting. HEART OF A LEGEND and ROCKING RUBY should be there. Open.

Watch out for: HEART OF A LEGEND (3)
93:15 PM - Melanie & Carolyn Fm 70 Handicap (F & M)

MADEMOISELLE can't be faulted on form this trip. She should have every chance if taking to the track. GEOGRAPHE BAY has been a bit tough to follow but drops in class and ratings. Could suddenly come on. DIECI and stable mate RANI have decent credentials and deserve respect. LADY JACKSON is unbeaten in her one try here but runs on the 17th-watch her there first. Go wide.

Top Tip: RANI (4)
Watch out for: MADEMOISELLE (2)

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