Punting is not like playing Monopoly. There’s real money involved, and lots of it.
On Tuesday Monopolize may just help punters turn small money into big money when he steps up in class to contest Race 5, a MR 104 Handicap over 1200m at the Vaal.
This Paul Peter-trained son of Elusive Fort is chasing a hat-trick, with his previous two victories coming over 1450m and 1000m respectively.
And with Muzi Yeni in the saddle at 52kg, there is nothing to suggest that Monopolize won’t be in the thick of things again.
Billy Silver looks the most likely candidate to give him a run for his money. This Silvano gelding has recorded a victory and a third place in his two runs over the course and distance.
Add to that the fact that he is no stranger to Class A racing, it might just pay to pair them for a Swinger or float them with Valbonne, Angel’s Power, Mombela and Talktothestars in a Quartet.
Talktothestars last recorded a victory almost 1000 days ago, but he boasts four wins and two places in seven trips over the course and distance.
Race 8 sees 10 fillies and mares line up in an Assessment Plate over 1400m.
Running Brave should draw the bulk of the attention as she makes a return to the track 39 days after finishing fifth in the Grade 2 KRA Fillies Guineas over 1600m at Greyville. Devin Habib will be in the saddle for a seventh consecutive time, and this pair just do not finish out of the money.
Afrostar and Cordillera look the only players capable of breaking the bank in this race. Afrostar looked impressive when finishing second last time out after a rest and with Gavin Lerena aboard could push all the way to the line if she takes to the Vaal track.
Cordillera on the other hand has recorded a win and a second place in two runs over this course and distance and Lyle Hewitson will undoubtedly see her as possible winner that could help him retain his champion jockey title.
In Race 4, an Assessment Plate over 1000m, Gimme A Wave and Big Blue Marble should see Pick 6 punters safely pass “Start”. Both are having their second run after a long rest.
Raymond Danielson teams up with Gimme A Wave again and the pair should find it smooth sailing for their sixth outing together.
Stepping down in class might just do the trick for this Gimmethegreenlight gelding to record a second career win.
He broke his maiden as a juvenile and has not managed to step into the winner’s circle as a three-year-old.
With a fifth place his worst finish, and never being beaten more than 5.5 lengths, he now looks as close to a certainty as they come.
Lyle Hewitson will be aboard Big Blue Marble. This Var gelding is having his second run under trainer Paul Peter, having moved from the stable of Ashley Fortune.
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