Danie Toerien: Turffontein is set to be a hive of activity on Tuesday with no less than 35 trainers seeking a piece of the midweek pie.
Paul Matchett seems to be the one with the banker when he saddles Nawaasi in Race 5, an FM 84 Handicap over 1000m. Kabelo Matsunyane is in the irons for the injured Nathan Klink and Nawaasi is looking to make it a hat-trick of wins.
In her previous two outings, Klink managed to judge the pace to perfection, positioning Nawaasi three off the front at the 800m marker and asking her to kick going into the final 400m.
Twice she has obliged and ended up winning by three lengths, and there’s no reason to believe she won’t do it again tomorrow under Matsunyane.
Both Elbi, trained by Mike de Kock, and Ocean City from the stable of Paul Peter have shown pace recently, but have run out of steam when it mattered most.
Dennis Schwarz teams up with Seemyvision for Roy Magner for the eighth time. After their pair of twos, they can surprise and draw an ace, but it will be just that – a surprise.
The rest of the card is a bit of a lucky dip.
Race 7, another FM 84 Handicap but over 1600m, looks the catfight of the day. Only To Win is fresh off a victory over course and distance for De Kock, but shoulders 5kg more this time round is top weighted. This five-year-old Var mare seldom misses the money and should be right up there.
Paul Peter-trained Destiny’s Game has the advantage of Warren Kennedy in the saddle. They boast two wins and a second in three previous outings.
Both these runners were priced at 33-10 yesterday afternoon, so don’t expect too much sunlight between them when they hit the post.
Trainer Romeo Francis surprised by replacing apprentice jockey Jeffrey Syster with Ryan Munger yesterday to ride Soul Of Wit.
Syster claims a 4kg allowance and he managed to make up 10 lengths last time out aboard Soul Of Wit on the Inside track at Turffontein to record her third victory in 19 outings.
There is a saying, of it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and only time will tell if Francis will rue changing what was a winning recipe.
But if this race is a lucky dip, don’t discount Tombola.
Trained by Grant Maroun, she won going away two runs back over course and distance and seems to have settled well back on the Highveld. She does step up in class, but punters looking – and hoping – for a surprise, should look no further.
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