Grade 1 form tested at Vaal

Grade 1 form tested at Vaal


Jack Milner: The form of the Grade 1 races at Scottsville will come under the spotlight in two Juvenile Plates at the Vaal on Thursday.

Race 1 is for fillies, and runners who contested both the Allan Robertson Fillies Championship for fillies and the Gold Medallion, which is open to all two-year-olds, will line up.

Me Time and Rio’s Winter both ran in the former, finishing eighth and ninth respectively with just a neck separating the pair.

Despite their finishing positions, they did not fare badly as Me Time finished just 4.45 lengths behind the winner, Miss Florida.

Prior to that Me Time raced in the Grade 3 Strelitzia Stakes over 1100m at Greyville where she finished second behind stable companion Singforafa.

Singforafa ran a cracker in the Allan Robertson, leading from the off and was only caught in the last couple of strides, going down just 0.15 lengths to winner Miss Florida and runner-up Cavivar.

Sean Tarry, however, chose to run Spring Break in the Gold Medallion, taking on the colts which included Eden Roc, also trained by Tarry. This daughter of Trippi showed tremendous pace until the 200m mark where she was swallowed up by the opposition and ended up finishing eighth, 4.20 lengths behind the winner.

What is relevant is that Eden Roc completed the 1200m in a faster time than Miss Florida and that should give Spring Break the edge over the two who ran in the fillies’ race.

Lyle Hewitson rides Spring Break, Muzi Yeni is aboard Me Time while Sherman Brown is on Rio’s Winter.

However, if the Scottsville form lines do not work out then Solar Flare from the Mike and Adam Azzie stable could beat them all. She has run twice, finishing a neck second behind Spring Break on debut over 1100m, and then led all the way over 1000m to beat Allmyloving by two lengths.

Race 2 is for all juveniles and this looks a two-horse affair between Singforafa and Al Jahbath from the Mike de Kock yard. This son of Soft Falling Rain just managed to get his nose up on the line to beat Birthday Boy by a short head.
Unfortunately, the form line has not proven to be all that strong as the race has not produced any winners from nine runners. Of course, Al Jahbath could be one of those runners who will improve with a run under his belt but it could prove difficult for him to beat two-time winner Singforafa.
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