But if one looks at the time in which Colonel Rockjaw won his last race…
Jack Milner: It could be a dangerous ploy to gamble on times on the Vaal sand when studying form because they are not always that reliable. The conditions at the Vaal change almost from race to race with the track often getting heavier later in the day.
Trevor Reid: He is not quite the same force that saw him pull off a Grade 1 victory in 2014, but Charles Laird-trained Normanz is good enough to win a Pinnacle Stakes in Race 5 at Scottsville on Sunday.
Jack Milner: Perhaps one of the most unlucky losers we have seen for some time was Persian Rug in the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes over 1600m at Greyville. She looked all over a winner with 200m to run and then jumped the shadow of the grandstand that runs across the course.
Trevor Reid: The Cradock Place Stakes (Non-Black Type) at Fairview on Friday should go the way of The West Is Wide.
Jack Milner: Battle In Seattle was considered to be one of the better bets on the card on Supreme Cup Day on the Vaal sand but, after leading for much of the 1450m journey, he came under pressure and faded out to finish a respectable 2.90-length sixth behind Mighty Manzi.
ANDRE NEL leads in Ma Choix
Nicci Garner: Sabine Plattner’s grass green, indigo and gold silks largely withdrew from battle back in March but her warriors are swooping back into the fray under a newly promoted general, Willem Andre Nel. Just two weeks in, and already they are making an impact.
Jack Milner: Lightly raced Platinum Jet makes his second appearance for the Gavin van Zyl yard in Race 7 on the Vaal turf on Tuesday and, despite taking on a strong field, this son of Jet Master could notch up a second victory from two runs for his relatively new yard.