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Piere Strydom
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23 Apr 2016
1:58 pm

The Smell Of Rain looks the best banker on today’s Turffontein card

Piere Strydom

For the Pick 6 one can add in Navette who is lightly race and could improve.

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Today we race at Turffontein on the Inside track and we start the day with a work riders’ event. I would think the main protagonists have to be Let It Rain, Dragon’s Den and Connaught Hotel. Swingers with the three looks the way to go.

Race 2 is a Juvenile Plate for fillies and it is always an advantage to have experience on this course so I will go Might As Well, who will benefit from a 2.5kg claim with Hewitson up, and jumps from pole position, as well as Beckoning.

Keep an eye out for any betting support for Santiburi because she raced in the feature last time and could improve substantially over his distance.

Race 3 is the first leg of the Place Accumulator and we have another Juvenile Plate so experience is an advantage. Take into account that these are young horses who can improve many lengths from one run to the next. For that reason include all of Just As Frisky, Querari Viking and Cosmic Count.

Race 4 is a Maiden Plate and you have to consider the draw. Many people may not realise that 2000m on the Inside track starts on the bend and for that reason the lower number draws are favoured.

So consider Dahlia’s Arrow, Aventurine, Russian Star and Gypsy Pirate who could improve quite a bit.

For the Pick 6 one can add in Navette who is lightly race and could improve.

Race 5 is handicap for fillies and as I have said frequently these are usually the most difficult races. I’m leaning towards Angelic Appeal as she is well handicapped with the benefit of the claim. Her dangers could be Kalanchoe and Bright Bronte. Another to consider could be Gain Ground but after that you would be looking at the field.

Race 6 is over 2600m and these long races often kick up some unexpected results. But as there are a number of runners racing under sufferance you could cut this down to three horses. My first selection is for New Fort and if I was sure he would see out the distance, I would have made him a banker. But as I don’t have that knowledge you need to include Pyramus and Talbec in the Place Accumulator.

For the Pick 6 consider Detonation, who could make more improvement, and Racing Socks, who was pulling quite hard last time out. However, the blinkers have been removed and he could relax better in the early stages so could quite easily be considered.

Lock Him Up looks the right horse in Race 7. He has the claim and the form but has run unplaced in all three starts at the course. So consider Off To Gaul who probably is better than his form suggests. He also jumps from No 1 draw. These two should be good enough for the PA and possibly even the Pick 6. Otherwise you need to include the field.

In Race 8 my first selection is Imperial Gold as he is drawn well and has the benefit of a claimer. His danger could be His Legacy who is lightly raced and could show more improvement. Without Permission is another to be considered. He tends to pull quite hard in his races, but on the Inside track where the pace is a lot faster, he could be more relaxed. Those are my three for the PA.

You could also consider Fareeq and Belenos for the Pick 6.

Race 9 is another handicap for fillies over 1000m which starts on the turn so the draw is of paramount importance. It is not always nice to banker in the last race but The Smell Of Rain could quite easily be a banker. She has only had two starts and won both so can still improve further, especially with the Erico Verdonese yard in top form.

If she’s not your banker of the day consider Never Give In, who has a huge reputation, a good draw and is from another in-form yard, that of Sean Tarry.