ACROSS THE ICE
Jack Milner: There is a lot going on for punters at Saturday’s meeting at the Vaal. Firstly there is a carryover Pick 6 of R500,000 which is expected to lift the pool to around R3-million. Secondly we will see the introduction of a new bet – the Soccer GG – in which bettors need to predict the outcome of five soccer matches and find the winner of the Grade 3 August Stakes.
Nicci Garner: Multiple champion Cape trainer Mike Bass has brought 12 horses to Johannesburg for the Highveld spring and autumn racing seasons, including last year’s Gold Cup winner Jeppe’s Reef.
Nicci Garner: African Dream has won four of her last six starts and could skip away again when she lines up in Race 5 at Greyville on Tuesday, a Conditions Plate over 1200m on the Polytrack.
Jason Dedekind: The Pick 6 is proving quite elusive to catch in Kimberley and Monday’s pool kicks off with R140,245 already in the kitty and is expected to grow to more than R700,000 for the second week in a row. It could pay to adopt a two-banker strategy in this exotic and add a few higher priced runners in the other legs.
Trevor Reid: A difficult card awaits punters for the Polytrack meeting on Sunday but it may pay to be with Ventura in Race 7, a FM MR 88 divided handicap over 1400m.
Jack Milner: There was always some doubt as to whether Norgay stayed beyond 1600m but he answered that question in an emphatic manner last time when he was touched off by stable companion Yer-Maan in a 2000m race on the Turffontein standside track.