Jack Milner: Before he had even run, the word was out that trainer Alec Laird had a high opinion of Romi’s Boy. He made his debut at the Vaal on 1 October last year in a strongly contested Maiden Plate which was won by Doosra with Romi’s Boy in second, beaten 1.75 lengths.
Geoff Lester: London – The UK Flat season is barely a month old, but already it has become patently obvious that the remarkable Galileo will run away with the leading sire award for the ninth time in 10 years and that only John Gosden can prevent Aidan O’Brien (1-8 with bookmakers) from taking a sixth trainer’s crown.
Jack Milner: Tiger Flame takes a drop in class at Turffontein on Tuesday and looks the runner to beat in Race 6, a MR 81 Handicap for fillies and mares over 1800m on the Inside track.
Jack Milner: Callan Murray took the advice of trainer Mike de Kock before deciding to ride in Hong Kong until their season ends in mid-July.
Trevor Reid: Trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren is always a man to watch but particularly so when he is raiding KwaZulu-Natal and he has six runners entered for the Greyville Polytrack meeting on Sunday.
Jack Milner: I am often amazed how some punters stay out of work riders’ events. If you look at the results over time, they tend to follow form.
The Michael Azzie-trained, dual Grade 1 winner in Argentina, Hat Puntano (ARG), was an interesting supplementary entry this week for the 2017 Vodacom Durban July, bringing to 47 the number of horses still in contention for the big race on 1 July.
Jack Milner: If you had told Mike de Kock 18 months back that Jubilee Line would only be a two-time winner in May 2017 he would have said you were living in Cloud Cuckoo Land.
DEO JUVENTE, MIDDLE, WINS THE CHALLENGE
Nicci Garner: The panel who determines the Highveld Feature Season’s Awards for 2016-17 will not have an easy time of it because not one horse won more than one Grade 1 feature race during the season. Horse Of The Season will be a hard choice!
Jack Milner: One has to go back to October to find Forest Fox’s last win, but Paul Peter’s charge will get the perfect opportunity to get back in the winner’s enclosure when he lines up in Race 7 at the Vaal on Tuesday, a MR 88 Handicap over 1400m on the Outside track.