We have a few runners to look out for this weekend and most of them have a chance of landing in the winners box. Seventh Son dons the Hollywood colours in the 9th race at Turffontein, on Saturday 6th July 2019. On the same day at Greyville Racecourse, we have all of Look To The Sky, Purple Persuasion and Syx Shooter lining up in the KZN Yearling Million. Then on Sunday at Turffontein, the big galloping Seattle Force looks for four wins in a row, when he lines up in the 5th Race. See more here.
Saturday 6th July 2019
Race 9 – 17:40
1000m – MR 65 Handicap
13 – Seventh Son
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: Kabelo Matsunyane (-1.5kg)
Predicted Betting: 7/1
He has been a lot more competitive since dropping down in ratings and the striking son of Seventh Rock looks to be in with a nice shout at the winners box here. The young apprentice takes the mount this time and the 1.5kg claim should bring him even closer to contention. A horse that likes to be left alone in running, if timed correctly he could just win this. We give him a good each way chance, on his recent form in similar company.
Winning Form Comment: Good form since dropping in ratings. Include.
Race 10 – 18:50
1300m – KZN / Yearling Sale Million (Non-Black Type)
He is drawn wide but should come in to gate 13, with the withdrawal of the three reserve runners (or any others for that matter). Not so much a concern when considering that he is a gelding who likes to ping the gates and take up the early running, from the front of the field. He ran an impressive 3rd last time out, when facing older horses and steps up to the 1300m for his course debut. This will be his first attempt around the bend and something else to consider is that it will be his first run under the lights, as it will be for a few others in the race. If he manages to find a handy position early on and stays the extra, he will fight out the finish.
Winning Form Comment: Speedy sort tries this trip, but draw a slight concern.
She was initially going for the Golden Slipper Gr2 (Race 5) on the day, but was made a reserve runner in that race. Considering that she has landed a very handy draw (6) in this race, we decided to take our chances here instead. She comes into this race as an unlucky loser last time out, when a loose horse took her out of the race at the 350m mark. Having lost plenty of momentum, she somehow managed to find another gear and almost got up to win the race. She should have no issues with the extra ground here, as she is bred to go up to a mile and has already won over 1200m. She faces the boys now, but gets the 2.5kg sex allowance. We give her a nice place chance and an outside win chance.
Winning Form Comment: Unlucky loser last time. Takes on males. Drawn well with Khumalo up.
An unlikely runner as he will have to wait for three runners to be withdrawn, before he is given the go ahead to line up at the start – being the third reserve. On form, it appears that he has a mountain to climb and the relatively wide draw doesn’t help either. On his penultimate start against older maidens, he showed a clear affinity for the poly track surface and although he is back on turf this time around, he will have to repeat that effort to have any sort of chance here.
Winning Form Comment: Drawn wide and must repeat penultimate run to have any chance here.
Sunday 7th July 2019
Race 5 – 15:05
2400m – Pinnacle Stakes
4 – Seattle Force
Trainer: Stuart Pettigrew
Jockey: Diego De Gouveia
Predicted Betting: 5/2
He steps back up in trip for this run, in a small but competitive field. But he has won over further and is starting to learn a lot from each run, as he appears to be settling a lot better. Once again, he will be allowed to use his big action out in front and if Diego De Gouveia lets him go at the right time, he will be a very tough horse to catch. He is doing impeccably well and is really maturing into a smart horse. We give him another good winning chance.
Winning Form Comment: Strong front runner stays all day. Chance.