Winning Form brings you their best tips for Greyville’s racing on Saturday the 27th of July. Included are their selections for the Gold Cup and the Champions Cup. Comments, betting and images are provided! Tips provided come from Winning Form, as well as their back page tipster – Magic Tips by eMeM.
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Race 3: KINGSTON BOY(7)
Race 4: SHIMMERING GEM(9)
Race 6: HEART OF A LION(7)
Race 9: EUROPE TO AFRICA(3)
Race 2: SABADELL(7)
Jockey: Robbie FRADD – Trainer: Geoff WOODRUFF
This is a tricky contest but SABADELL is very well handicapped and could take a power of beating, if he handles this trip. At first glance, his form at this course is suspect but the son of Var did stay on nicely for a close fourth behind the Dubai bound, Lehaaf over a mile in soft conditions on July day. He showed his ability when he carried a big mass to victory over older rivals at Turffontein over seven furlongs in his penultimate outing. He generally enjoys racing handy so should be very competitive here.
Race 3: KINGSTON BOY(7)
Jockey: Karis TEETAN – Trainer: Doug CAMPBELL
KINGSTON BOY is in very good form and has a definite affinity for this track. He has finished close-up for quite some time and he ran on strongly when denied by a head over six furlongs on this course, three weeks ago. He drops in class and should love every bit of the extra 100m. He is very well drawn and should take a power of beating in this field.
Race 5: FOR THE LADS(8)
Jockey: S’Manga KHUMALO – Trainer: Sean TARRY
The Tarry and De Kock yards are fighting it out for the National Trainer’s Championship and this contest could be dominated by the respective stables here. FOR THE LADS bounced right back to her best when she produced a strong finish to win the Grade 1 over seven furlongs on this course on July day and gets the narrow verdict here. The daughter of Trippi has always shown that she will enjoy going over ground and today’s step-up to the mile should suit her even better. She is drawn in pole and gets the services of man of the moment S’manga Khumalo.
Race 8: WHITELINE FEVER(2) – CHAMPIONS CUP
Jockey: Bernard FAYD’HERBE – Trainer: Sean TARRY
WHITELINE FEVER is right up there with the best of his generation and once again might have finished a little closer in the July, last time. He dropped back a bit entering the home straight and then made steady progress to finish sixth. This drop in trip will suit him right down to the ground and his jockey knows him very well, which is a major plus. The son of Right Approach is slightly out at the weights but will be aided by pole position and should be very competitive here. Admittedly, he seems to prefer a more galloping track.
Race 9: JET BELLE(8) – TOP BET
With just a small field of 9 runners, there is always the possibility of a slow run race. However, the natural pacesetter LOUVRE could ensure a reasonable gallop and that is all that JET BELLE needs to stamp her authority on this event. The three-year old daughter of Jet Master has always shown above average ability and was rather unlucky not to have contested the July. However, she proved her worth when she finished strongly for a close third behind subsequent July third placed runner, Do You Remem- ber in a Grade 1 over this c & d, last time out. She takes on older rivals today but receives her weight for age allowance and should take a power of beating.
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Race 7: SAGE THRONE(10) (Each Way) – GOLD CUP
Jockey: MJ ODENDAAL – Trainer: Colin SCOTT
The Gold Cup is often a very open event and this year is no different. All runners barring the top weight come into this race under sufferance, which makes for a very intriguing contest. SAGE THRONE is much better than his recent form suggests and is gradually dropping in the ratings. The son of Dynasty needs things to go his way but is a quality stayer and had excuses for his last three starts. He isn’t suited to soft conditions and hated wearing blinkers, which explains his penultimate showing. He was beaten just under four lengths into 7th in this race last year but wasn’t helped by a strong tailwind that day and is 1.5kgs better off this time around. More importantly, there are a few natural paceset- ters and that will ensure a fast pace which he will love. He is drawn well at gate 2 and M J Odendaal knows him very well.