Headline News `JJ’ looks De Kock’s best hope in Dubai Thursday

JJ The Jet Plane

THE 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival is approaching the halfway mark and with Mike de Kock on record saying that his runners are “turning the corner’’, one can expect the stable to have at least one winner at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse tomorrow night.

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Headline News VAAL SAND: Kiribati has class to outlast Laird trio

Trainer Sean Tarry

JACK MILNER
PLEASE take note that racing has been moved from turf to sand track:
Most punters naturally assume Anton Marcus rides the stable elect when Charles Laird has more than one runner in a race, but Thursday at the Vaal a couple of the jockey’s decisions appear somewhat strange.

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Headline News Many scratchings after the move to sand track

Sean Tarry, key runners.

THERE are over 30 scrachings from today’s race meeting at the Vaal following its move from the turf to the sand track and punters should take careful note of changes. In addition turf ratings won’t be adjusted to sand ratings, which will give certain runners a benefit in theory.

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Headline News Mar Aberto to score at Scottsville for Van Zyl

Trainer Gavin van Zyl.

JACK MILNER
FOLLOWING an appalling run where the stable were battling to even go home345 with the occasional placing, Gavin van Zyl’s yard came back to form with a vengeance at Scottsville last week with a four-timer. Van Zyl added another winner to his tally when Super Senyk claimed the last race at Greyville on Sunday.

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Headline News Renegade can defy the handicap in sand sprint

Jockey Piere Strydom.

NICCI GARNER
RENEGADE is two points under sufferance with Mentor in Race 6, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1000m at the Vaal Tuesday, but relishes the soft sand track and rates the one to beat. The Dominion Royale gelding will be ridden by Piere Strydom, who was in hot form at Turffontein on Saturday and looks sure to continue riding the crest of the wave.

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Headline News Lawful Leader should show the way at Flamingo Park

Peter Miller, Lawful Leader

MEL KAPLAN
LAWFUL Leader has won 13 races at Flamingo Park. He is ideally suited to the 1800m he races over in Race 5 at the Kimberley track on Monday and should be the one that they all chase home345 yet again. Andrew Fortune is up again and he and the Brazilian-bred gelding have struck up a formidable partnership.

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Headline News Pocket Power fights hard for third J&B Met win

Pocket Power, victorious.

THERE aren’t many commonly used adjectives left to describe him and history will reflect that Pocket Power’s third successive Grade 1 R2,5 million J&B Met was received with a loud, uproarious appreciation from around 35 000 people at Kenilworth on Saturday.

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Headline News Major Champion should enjoy a return to sand

Trainer Geoff Woodruff

JACK MILNER
GEOFF Woodruff saddles just five runners at the Vaal on Thursday but appears set to provide his owners with a couple of winning stake cheques. Racing reverts to the sand track and that should be good news for Major Champion, who has not exactly excelled in his last couple of contests on the turf.

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Headline News Milk And Honey looks Flamboyant at Greyville

Milk and Honey, Greyville.

JACK MILNER
THE withdrawal of Mochachino from Wednesday evening’s Grade 3 Flamboyant Stakes over 1600m at Greyville paves the way for Milk And Honey to notch up her first feature-race victory. Mike de Kock’s American-bred filly was runner-up to Emblem Of Liberty last time out in the Ipi Tombe Stakes at Turffontein over this distance.

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Headline News Luna Rossa can enhance her Flamingo Park record

Corne Spies, Luna Rossa

MEL KAPLAN
LUNA Rossa has won four of five starts contested at Flamingo Park and has a definite liking for this sand track. Although she once performed in an inexplicable way when finishing six lengths behind Flying Nicholas, she is confidently expected to make the others gallop again today.

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