Sensational bet at the Vaal

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Sensational bet at the Vaal

PIERE STRYDOM

Jack Milner: Corne Spies and Piere Strydom team up in Race 2 with Sweet Sensation.

A very wise (and very rich) bookmaker once passed on some sage advice. “If you’re going to take a very short price about a horse, always make sure you are backing a good horse. Never take odds-on just because a runner looks the best horse in a race.

“Those are the horses that make bookmakers rich.”

Over the years it has proved to be a good piece of advice and it can be applied to Sweet Sensation in Race 2 at the Vaal on Thursday.

When she was carded to run for the first time, the word was out that this daughter of Var was very talented. Unfortunately, she made her debut over 1000m on the Turffontein Inside track which is run around the turn, and she was drawn widest of all.

As expected, she was all at sea early in the race but flew late to finish third, beaten 2.25 lengths by Muleta.

Just a week later trainer Corne Spies declared the filly to run in the Grade 2 SA Fillies Nursery over 1160m at Turffontein. Despite her inexperience and having to take on winners at level weights, Sweet Sensation finished fourth, beaten just 1.50 lengths by favourite Springs Of Carmel.

Interestingly, Piere Strydom rode her on debut, jumped aboard Springs Of Carmel in the Fillies Nursery and is back aboard Sweet Sensation in this Juvenile Plate for fillies over 1000m.

This time, although taking on winners, she will be in receipt of 3kg from them. She is likely to start at quite a short price but this filly looks very decent and, as her name suggests, looks a sensational bet.

Strydom could be the jockey to follow at the Vaal as he has some other promising rides. Unless there is a useful first-timer in Race 1, he should win with South East. One should be cautious about taking too short a price about Paul Peter’s charge as he is one of those “best horse in the race” cases.

Strydom’s next best looks to be Claremorris in Race 9 over 1000m. All three of her wins have been over this course and distance and she has also placed seven times.

 

Jack Milner’s selections

Race 1: 9 South East, 7 Prince Of Mogok, 3 Jonny Ripon, 8 Sierradeltasierra

Race 2: 10 Sweet Sensation, 1 Imperial Twilight, 5 Country Mile, 3 Top Drawer

Race 3: 1 Dark Tide, 3 Gavs Angel, 12 Phinda Mzala, 10 Heart Of Harlem

Race 4: 4 Local Knowledge, 8 Light Warrior, 12 Forever Light, 1 Bartholomeus

Race 5: 5 Flashlight, 12 Lass Going West, 1 Incognito, 7 Showdown Kid

Race 6: 5 Rock Of Africa, 10 Expressfromtheus, 4 Pop Icon, 12 Ballon D’Or

Race 7: 9 Flaming Duchess, 2 Swept Off My Feet, 5 Gimme Hope Johanna, 7 Lady Of Liberty

Race 8: 5 Before The Dawn, 9 Ocean City, 7 Gold Image, 8 Rainbow Haze

Race 9: 5 Claremorris, 6 Persica, 7 Allez Les Bleu, 3 Mind Reader

 

BEST BET

Race 2 No 10 Sweet Sensation

 

VALUE BET

Race 6 No 5 Rock Of Africa

 

BEST SWINGER

Race 4: 4×8

 

BIPOT

R54

Leg 1: 10         

Leg 2: 1

Leg 3: 4, 8, 12

Leg 4: 5

Leg 5: 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12

Leg 6: 2, 5, 9

PLACE ACCUMULATOR

R108

Leg 1: 1

Leg 2: 4

Leg 3: 5

Leg 4: 4, 5, 10, 12

Leg 5: 2, 5, 9

Leg 6: 5, 7, 9

Leg 7: 5, 6, 7

 

PICK 6

R1350

Leg 1: 4, 8, 12

Leg 2: 5

Leg 3: 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12

Leg 4: 3, 5, 9

Leg 5: 1, 5, 7, 8, 9

Leg 6: 3, 5, 6, 7, 15

 

JACKPOT 1

R90

Leg 1: 5

Leg 2: 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12

Leg 3: 3, 5, 9

Leg 4: 1, 5, 7, 8, 9

 

JACKPOT 2

R450

Leg 3: 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12

Leg 4: 3, 5, 9

Leg 5: 1, 5, 7, 8, 9

Leg 6: 3, 5, 6, 7, 15

 

 

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