Danie Toerien – For those who like a bit of action after dark, tonight’s race meeting at Gulfstream Park is just the thing.
The first nine races on the card will be broadcast live on TellyTrack on channel 239 on DStv.
TAB will offer an extensive betting bouquet on these races, with commingled Win, Place, Exacta, and Rolling Pick 3 (Races 1-3; 2-4 etc) pools.
There will also be all SA Quartet pools on Races 1-6, a Place Accumulator on Races 1-7, and a Jackpot on Races 3-6.
In order to assist punters make informed decisions, tips, selections and previews from a number of tipsters and punters were used to compile a Jackpot preview ahead of tonight’s race meeting.
So, without further ado, here goes:
Leg 1; Race 3 (20:09 SA time):
Most experts fancy Stormy Boss (5) to get the job done. He was beaten a neck over today’s distance two starts back. In his last effort he tried 1600m, but that distance does not seem to suit.
He is rather inconsistent, but tonight he faces a field that could prove beatable.
Of course, there are dangers, and first on the list is Take Charge Again (1). His third place in his last start over this distance was quite remarkable considering he jumped poorly and raced wide. He has worked well and with Dylan Davis in the saddle could very easily take the honours.
Other who should be included if going wide is preferred, are Miss Mac (6), who ran a cracker three runs back, Chic And Sexy (3), and Varsovia (2).
Leg 2; Race 4 (20:41 SA time):
Caribbean Kitten (12) checks a lot of the right boxes, notably that Irad Ortiz will be in the irons. This three-year-old filly has two places from four runs in which she showed good early speed.
Jumping from gate 12 is not ideal though, as the first turn is quite close to the starting stalls set at 1700m, so early position is very important.
Garner State Park (5) could threaten. She recorded a third and a second place in her first two runs, both over 1600m, so shouldn’t find the extra 100m too challenging.
In Luis Saez she has a top-class jockey.
Missandei (8) took an unbelievable amount of money on her career debut and ran better than her fourth-place finish suggests. She never had a position to launch an attack from and ran very wide on the second turn. She could be a value bet.
Formula (4) drops down in class after she was shut off and checked at the start on debut. Trainer Stanley Hough has Joel Rosario atop the daughter of Algorithms.
Leg 3; Race 5 (21:13 SA time):
This is a wide-open affair, but fortunately the field is relatively small.
Bourbon Currency (8) seems due for a win after three seconds on the trot. With Ortiz in the saddle, he could add a second victory to his resume from 16 starts.
Blameless (4) drops down in class so is in with a shot.
Bad Beat Brian (7) is also down in class after his maiden victory on the turf. Saez rides.
Leg 4; Race 6 (21:45 SA time):
Don’t be surprised if Celtic Brotherhood (1) records a pillar-to-post victory here. He nearly did the trick on debut when setting the pace, just getting caught at the wire.
It won’t be the first time jockey Saez gets a mount to do this. Jumping from against the rail he has everything in his favour.
Victory Town (5) makes his third start of his current form cycle after closing to finish second over this distance last time out.
Most tipsters agree that 1 Celtic Brotherhood – Victory Town 1-2 finish is the most likely result.
But if you want to add a number, Sandys Blaze (7) could be lucky seven.
Grainger County (3) is the joker as a first timer.