Vaal Turf track could flow with Milk and Honey

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Vaal Turf track could flow with Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey, Vaal.

JACK MILNER
KWAZULU-NATAL form has been working out extremely well recently with many of the runners who have returned from that province, winning on a regular basis. Runners like Smart Banker, Causation, Jewel In Her Crown and Bouquet-Garni are typical examples of that and that run can continue at the Vaal this afternoon.

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<p>Mike de Kock’s Milk And Honey lines up in Race 5, a MR 87 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1600m on the straight turf course.&#160;&#160;De Kock has always had a high opinion of the American-bred filly and although she has never raced at the Vaal, one gets the feeling that she will relish this stiff mile. She has won three of her seven starts and only faltered in the SA Fillies Guineas at Greyville where she finished ninth, 6.20 lengths behind Rei Rei.</p>
<p>In July Milk And Honey got up on the line to touch off Royal Fantasy in an Allowance Plate over 1600m at Clairwood, after which she was rested. De Kock brought the four-year-old back at the beginning of this month to contest a race at Scottsville over 1400m. She was reported to be difficult and was overracing for much of the journey but still managed to finish third, 1.50 lengths behind Floriana. Milk And Honey will have benefited greatly from that run and she looks to be the class runner in this field.</p>
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<p>Argentinian-bred Pasadora Fizz won on debut over 1450m on the sand, beating A Place In Space by one length. While on the surface it may not seem to be a good run it was her first in just under a year. In addition she was conceding 7kg to the runner-up so it was not too bad a performance.</p>
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<p>How well Geoff Woodruff’s filly will perform on the grass is unknown at this stage but if she makes any further improvement Pasadora Fizz must come into the reckoning. But she does have the benefit of Mark Khan in the irons and if she enjoys the turf as much as the sand the four-year-old will be right there.</p>
<p>Paul Matchett has his string in great nick at the moment at the stable is churning out the winners. He runs Brave Bid here and this is a filly who has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few months. The four-year-old daughter of Qui Danzig was a maiden in August but since winning over 1400m at Turffontein that month she has gone one to notch up two more wins, a second and a third.</p>
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<p>She appears equally comfortable on sand and turf but has yet to win beyond 1450m. She also takes a rise in class today but jockey Randall Simons only has to contend with 53kg on her back and that brings her into the reckoning.</p>
<p>Jewel In Her Crown won her last start over 1600m on the dirt and should improve further. However, it was only a vigorous ride by Anton Marcus that saw the Jallad filly get the better of Coastal One by a nose and that may not be good enough for her to win here.</p>
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<p>She has run well at this track, running third to Seat Of Power over 1200m and then beating Alpine Club by 1.75 lengths over 1400m. Marcus is back in the saddle and on his current riding form, Jewel In Her Crown obviously must be respected.</p>
<p>Finding a nap bet on this card is not easy but one runner who could fill that role at a reasonable price is Lyle Anderson’s Moorcroft in Race 7. It is a competitive sprint on paper but his 4.50-length sixth to Battlestar Express in the Listed Golden Loom last time out following a three-month layoff should make the Fanatic Dane gelding hard to beat here.</p>
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