TRAINER Mark Dixon.
TRAINER Mark Dixon may have walked away from Turffontein on Saturday without a stake cheque after Surfin’ USA only managed 13th place in the Champions Challenge. Nonetheless he is expecting to leave the Vaal on Tuesday with a compensatory bankroll and is confident Valloire can win Race 5, a MR 76 Handicap over 1000m.
TRAINER Charles Laird’s red-hot run continued on Champions Day on Saturday when Smart Banker put his nose in front at the right time to beat Aluminium by a neck in the R2-million Champions Challenge over 2000m.
HISTORY could be made at Arlington on Friday if six-year-old gelding Hear The Drums breaks a long-standing sprint record by winning for the 23rd time.
LONDON – Tartan Gunna can atone for a shock defeat as an odds-on favourite last time with victory at Beverley today. Mark Johnston’s charge had been on quite a roll on the all-weather over the winter, stepping up from two second places to strike gold by six lengths at Wolverhampton in January.
JOCKEY Johnny Geroudis
THE KO Kid returns to his favourite course and distance on Saturday and looks one of the better bets on a thorny Turffontein card. Alec Laird’s runner loves the inside track and is at his best over 1600m. He gets everything he needs in Race 8, a MR 92 Handicap, and will also enjoy the benefit of carrying just 54kg.
HELLO BUD evoked dreams of Aintree glory in trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies after bravely making all, and seeing off the late challenge of Gone To Lunch, to give him his third Scottish National victory by merely half a length.
On Her Toes, Scottsville
TRAINER Michael Azzie has always held On Her Toes in high regard and has a big chance of welcoming her into the winner’s box after the Grade 3 Umzimkhulu Stakes which will be decided over 1400m at Scottsville on Sunday.
Sahara, Greyville Friday.
LIGHTLY raced Sahara has not won since December 2007 but has a brilliant opportunity to get back into the winner’s enclosure at Greyville on Friday night. Dennis Drier’s filly contests a conditions race over 1400m and though she is taking on the boys, the Mokog filly looks a plum bet.
Trainer Stuart Pettigrew
A NUMBER of runners for Thursday’s Vaal meeting have been the subject of early betting moves, the biggest of which has come for Stuart Pettigrew’s runner in Race 4, Mirage Of Stars.
Secret Risk, Durbanville.
SECRET RISK and Sangria Girl, first and second in last season’s Winter Oaks at Kenilworth, should fight out the finish of Tuesday’s April MR84 Handicap (F&M) over 2200m at Durbanville. Secret Risk has a definite edge at the weights.