SA Horse Racing - 19th - 22nd November 2018

Mardi Gras - Time To Celebrate - Horse Racing - South Africa - Hollywoodbets

Hollywoodbets previews the South African horse racing meetings taking place from Monday 19th November to Thursday 22nd November 2018. There is racing from Fairview, Kenilworth, and two meetings at the Vaal. The final field for the Gauteng Summer Cup is also announced this week. Read our preview here.

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Mardi Gras - Time to Celebrate

The excitement in the build-up to Gauteng’s big race, the R2 million Summer Cup, takes another step up this week when the final field is announced on Tuesday, with the barrier draws announcement on Wednesday. View the latest ante-post betting here.

This past weekend once again provided plenty of thrilling racing action with the return to winning ways at Kenilworth on Saturday of the enigmatic Gr1 winning 2yo Sand And Sea - a feather in the cap for trainer Dennis Drier. The son of Twice Over is carded to race in the Gr2 Cape Merchants on Saturday!

The Hollywood Syndicate had to wait for the very last race of the weekend – the ninth at Scottsville on Sunday – to enjoy a splendid effort from the gallant Honest Prince. The son of Kildonan continues to live up to his name and knock hard for his next win. He banked second cheque when getting to within 1,50 lengths of the classy favourite, Savea.

Small fields are the order of the day on the eight-race Fairview polytrack programme that gets things under way at 13h05 on Monday.

Piazza Del Campo is proving something of a bridesmaid but we are giving her one more chance to shed her maiden when she runs in the first race. With solid course and distance experience, she should be able to hold the boys – the best of which could be the former Paul Reeves charge Ferrari’s Moon, who had mostly moderate form in the Cape.

A wide draw looks to be the only stumbling block between Rule The World racking up a well-deserved hat-trick in the eight race. The son of Trippi is in prime form on the polytrack but the 12 draw will do his cause little good. Apprentice Julius Mphanya takes 2,5kg off his back though and the 1000m contest looks to provide the fireworks to bring the curtain down on the Fairview meet in exciting fashion.

Lyle Hewitson and trainer Sean Tarry could provide us with the best bet of the afternoon on the nine-race programme at the Vaal on Tuesday. The power combo team up with the Curved Ball colt Against The Grain in the fourth race. A decent showing in all his four starts – with two seconds – suggests that this fellow could relish the 1400m straight and get his first win on the board.

Mike de Kock’s stakes filly Dagmar runs in an Assessment Plate in the fifth and she looks well treated for a big effort. Fitness will be the major concern though as she has not run for 16 weeks since her fourth placing behind Return Flight in the Gr1 Thekwini Stakes.

Kenilworth grabs the midweek billing on Wednesday and an attractive and competitive eight-race programme is offered.

Scratched from her last intended feature engagement, the undefeated Dynasty filly Front And Centre, a Cape Fillies Guineas candidate, can win the fourth under Anton Marcus. Trainer Brett Crawford looks to have found the perfect race for his smart galloper – and the 1 draw won’t harm her chances.

The Dennis Drier team have commenced their Cape summer campaign with intent and Marcus is aboard their Greyville debut winner Hard Core in the final race of the day. The son of Silvano really impressed when cruising in at soft odds and would not have made the cut for the Cape trip were he not highly regarded.

Trippi’s Express could be his major stumbling block.

A high-quality Assessment Plate heads the Vaal Thursday nine-race programme and the newsmaking Mardi Gras gets his chance to atone for his fringe showing in the Grand Series Leg 2 recently. Anton Marcus replaces regular pilot Gavin Lerena, in a race where the revitalised Wonderwall could prove the major danger.

The promising Carbon Atom runs in the fifth race and will be a popular Jackpot banker after his smart course-and-distance win last time. The son of Fort Wood takes on a field that looks beatable.

There is plenty of feature action next weekend with all eyes on the two Cape Guineas stepping stone races on Saturday.

Down at Kenilworth, the unbeaten One World needs to show he is ready when he runs in the Concord Cup, while at Turffontein PE giantkiller National Park lines up in the Dingaans. These two classic pointer races always get the tongues wagging and the debate mill rolling.

But for now, let’s find the bread-and-butter winners this week!
Good punting and wishing you plenty of exciting moments.

Till next time.


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Tuesday 20 November 2018
Vaal Turf Course

Race 1 – 12:35
1200m – Maiden Plate

6 – Peking Tyson
Trainer: Tobie Spies
Jockey: Jarryd Penny
Wgt: 59kg
Draw: 18 (straight course)

He hasn’t really showed us much and as such we are hoping for a much improved run. Time is certainly running out for him. Wait for improvement before following this one.

Race 9 – 17:25
1000m – MR66 Handicap

11 – Deago Deluxe
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: Kabelo Matsuyane (-4kg)
Wgt: 55.5kg
Draw: 1 (Straight Course)

He faced off against some quality sorts in a strong Assessment Plate last time out and that formline has been franked. He has been competitive since leaving the maidens and with a bit of luck in his favour he isn’t too far away from adding to that winning tally. He comes into this race a fit, happy horse and with his regular pilot and the 4kg’s off his back he should be in the shake-up. We give him a good place chance.

12 – Seventh Son
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: Pierre Strydom
Wgt: 55.5kg
Draw: 7 (Straight Course)

He appears to be gradually improving since returning from his rest five runs back and this is his preferred course and distance. He put up a very good effort last time out, staying on strongly in the latter stages under Pierre Strydom and he retains the ride this time around. A lot seems to be in his favour on paper and we think he just needs a bit of luck in running in order to pull a victory off here. On that note, we give him a good each way chance.


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Fairview (19/11)
Race 2 – LIGHT ON HER TOES (3)
Jockey: Greg CHEYNE - Trainer: Alan GREEFF

LIGHT ON HER TOES caught the eye on her local debut and interestingly the stable rider has opted to ride the supremely-bred daughter of Gimmethegreenlight. She has the fortunes of jumping from the ultimate stall gate and will strip fitter after possibly needing that run.

Vaal (20/11)
Race 6 – DOOSRA (3)
Jockey: Gavin LERENA - Trainer: Johan A Janse VAN VUUREN

The in-form bay gelding DOOSRA has surprised many with some high-quality recent efforts over a mile, particularly in the tight finish in his recent Grade 2 contest at Turffontein. He drops considerably in class over what is his best distance on Tuesday and is undoubtedly the one to beat.

Kenilworth (21/11)
Jockey: Richard FOURIE - Trainer: Justin SNAITH

The Snaith stable holds a strong hand in this big field with riding engagements favouring the daughter of Captain Al, ALSFLAMINGBEAUTY, who stayed on strongly for a close second over this c & d late last month.

Vaal (22/11)
Race 1 – HARTLEYFIVE (11)
Jockey: Raymond DANIELSON - Trainer: Alec LAIRD

HARTLEYFIVE attracted strong betting support when she finished second best after showing pace on her debut over this c & d earlier this month but she would have come on appreciably from the experience.

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