Viv Greybe: The Yvette Bremner stable could get punters away to a flying start at the Fairview Polytrack on Friday with three-year-old Rebel Wilson who contests Race 1 with Ryan Munger aboard in a Maiden Plate (F&M) over 1000m.
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Jack Milner: There are two Assessment Plates on Thursday’s Vaal Classic card and in both cases, they could be won by a runner who is not handicapped to do so.
Germaine Maharaj: Punters have had a field day on the Greyville Polytrack because not only do the weather conditions seldom hold back meetings, but the pay-outs are consistently impressive.
Jack Milner: If the expression that the smaller the field, the bigger the upset is true then punters could be in for a torrid time at Durbanville on Tuesday. There are only eight races but the Pick 6 is made up of four fields of seven horses, one of nine runners and one of 10.
Viv Greybe: After having posted a winning hat-trick on Friday at the Fairview Polytrack, the champion trainer-jockey combination of Alan Greeff and Greg Cheyne have thrown punters a TAB Pick 6 and Jackpot lifeline with progressive Aldo, who steps out in Race 7 at the same venue on Monday in a MR 72 Handicap over 1000m.
Jack Milner: Bulleting Home missed a year of racing almost to the day. Sean Tarry’s charge ran in the Gold Challenge over 1600m on 10 June 2017 and finished a 2.75-length fifth behind Captain America.
Jack Milner: The Grade 3 Spring Spree Stakes was due to be run last weekend but a wet patch on the course caused by a leaking pipe saw the race postponed. The R250,000 race over 1200m is due to be run on Saturday, but despite the break of a week there is no reason why Chimichuri Run should not still prove hard to beat.
Mike Moon: The rivalry between leading Port Elizabeth trainers Gavin Smith and Alan Greeff is akin to a football “Old Firm” derby – fierce, respectful and stretching back decades to when their fathers were duking it out on the Eastern Cape turf.
Jack Milner: The whole thinking behind an Assessment Plate is to give handicappers the opportunity to assess whether the merit rating given to any horse is accurate. It affords a trainer the chance to request the handicappers to either drop or raise a rating depending on the outcome of that race.