Nicci Garner: Old Em is the best-weighted runner in Race 6 at the Vaal on Tuesday and if she improves on her recent comeback run from a four-month rest, she could be hard to beat in this Conditions Plate for fillies and mares over 1200m.
Patrick Nkosi: Veteran jockey Warren Kennedy could have to face off with young jockey Keagan de Melo in Sunday’s main event at Greyville, the umThombothi Stakes (Non-Black type) over 2000m on the Turf track.
PATCHIT UP BABY
Jack Milner: Gavin Lerena has been in unstoppable form of late and it is always a good move for punters to follow guys who are churning out winners.
Jack Milner: Al Azraq is turning into the Zola Budd of horseracing. He certainly can run but now it seems he does it better without any shoes.
Nicci Garner: The Mike de Kock stable has no real leaning about which race talented three-year-old fillies Ektifaa and Orchid Island will go for – the R1-million Betting World Gauteng Guineas or the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas – on Saturday 5 March at Turffontein.
Jack Milner: Based on his long layoff after last year’s Man O’ War Sprint over 1100m at Turffontein, it is fair to assume Pure Blonde is not the soundest of runners.
ONE MAN SHOW
Patrick Nkosi: Dean Kannemeyer-trained One Man Show produced a moment of brilliance last time out when defeating a strong field to win by three lengths at Greyville. He returns to Scottsville on Sunday where he’s shown a liking for the course having run there twice for a win and a fourth.
Jack Milner: We are only a few weeks away from the alternate start of the SA Triple Crown for three-year-olds and Triple Tiara for fillies of the same age group and the search begins for the next Abashiri or Cherry On The Top.
Trevor Reid: Summit was plagued with bad draws when trained in Gauteng but has fared a bit better now in KwaZulu-Natal and looks the value bet in Race 5, a MR 62 Handicap over 1400m on the Greyville Polytrack on Friday night.