Mike Moon: Father-and-son training duo Mike and Adam Azzie had a spring in the step as they greeted two of their charges in the winning and second-place enclosures after the feature race at Turffontein on Saturday.
Jack Milner: After a long, dry winter, the Highveld Spring Season kicks off in earnest on Saturday with the running of the Grade 3 Spring Spree Stakes over 1200m on the Turffontein Inside track.
Patrick Nkosi: Tara Laing-trained Miracle Bureau is yet to run out of the money since setting his hooves in Port Elizabeth. Though stepping up in class, he appears to be on the up and could relish the extra 200m in Friday’s main event, the Founders Trophy (Non-Black Type) over 1600m, on the Fairview Polytrack.
RETURN TO POWER
Jack Milner: The Pick 6 at Thursday’s Vaal meeting is made up of six lower-level handicaps, three of them for fillies and mares. Those races often prove to be tricky for bettors but this time there are a group of horses in each race who stand out.
Jack Milner: The 2017-18 season is almost one month old and two jockeys have sprung into an early lead. Craig Zackey leads the field with 16 winners while just one victory behind him is Aldo Domeyer on 15.
Corporate fixed-odds operator Betting World and TAB, which operates pools betting in eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, will give away eight houses to their customers in a grand lucky-draw competition that launches this Friday 1 September.
Nicci Garner: Just 71 horses are scheduled to arrive at the eight-race Vaal meeting on Tuesday and the truism of “the smaller the field, the bigger the upset” are words that will be ringing in many a punter’s head as he studies form.
Racing Reporter: There is a Pick 6 carryover to Monday’s meeting at Fairview and the bet could pay well for those clever enough to catch it.
London – Iain Jardine’s Nakeeta deservedly landed a big prize as he got the better of Flymetothestars to win the Betfred Ebor at York.