Upcoming Runners: Vaal Classic – Tuesday 18 January 2022

The Hollywood Syndicate has five runners carded at Vaal Classic on Tuesday 18 January 2022. See what we are expecting here.

Tuesday 18 January 2022
Vaal Classic

Race 2 – 12:35
1200m – www.highveldracing.co.za Graduation Plate (F & M)

2 – Desert Pride
Breeding: Pomodoro – Al Zahra by Al Mufti (USA)
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Jockey: Chase Maujean
Wgt: 57.5kg
Draw: 5 (7 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 20/1

It is a very strong race and her trainer is using this as an opportunity to teach her to settle behind runners and finish her race off strongly. She is having her peak run and is capable of running into the placings.

Winning Form Comment: 3rd run after rest. Best MR:86. Battling to find best form. Should be cherry-ripe.

Race 2 – 12:35
1200m – www.highveldracing.co.za Graduation Plate (F & M)

4 – Wokonda
Breeding: Captain Of All – Elata by Fort Wood (USA)
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Jockey: Gavin Lerena
Wgt: 57.0kg
Draw: 6 (7 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 4/1

Wokonda’s post maiden run was very good after returning from a short 11-week break. She is moving as well as ever, but it is once again a very strong field. She will not disgrace herself in this race and has an each way chance.

Winning Form Comment: 2nd run after rest. Best MR:80. Fair latest despite slow start. Should strip fitter and can earn.

Race 4 – 13:35
1000m – Computaform MR 66 Handicap

6 – Soweto Rose
Breeding: Soft Falling Rain – Vinha (IRE) by Danehill Dancer (IRE)
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: Craig Zackey
Wgt: 58.0kg
Draw: 3 (14 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 14/1

He is fit and well heading into this low rated race. He is drawn down the inside of the course which may suit him well. Craig Zackey retains the ride and he is expected to be competitive.

Winning Form Comment: Best MR:74. Drops in class and has claims if repeating fair penultimate run.

Race 5 – 14:05
1600m – Play Soccer 6, 10 And 13 Progress Plate (F & M)

6 – Imbewu
Breeding: William Longsword – Natural Beauty by Judpot (USA)
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Jockey: Keagan de Melo
Wgt: 53.5kg
Draw: 3 (6 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 4/1

Her last run was reasonable, even though she didn’t look comfortable in running. She is trying the 1600m for the first time in a competitive race. She will be ridden with some restraint and if seeing out the mile, she should run into the first three.

Winning Form Comment: 3rd run after rest. Best MR:94. Had excuses in latest. Well-weighted and can feature.

Race 7 – 15:20
1800m – Betontab.co.za Pinnacle Stakes (F & M)

8 – La Luvia
Breeding: Soft Falling Rain – Mile High by Captain Al
Trainer: Sean Tarry
Jockey: Keagan de Melo
Wgt: 56.0kg
Draw: 10 (10 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 7/1

She has some good recent form lines to her name. The daughter of Soft Falling Rain is drawn widest of all, but has the pace to overcome the barrier position and use her stride. Keagan de Melo takes the ride and she is expected to be competitive.

Winning Form Comment: Best MR:95. Likely pacesetter and placed in both attempts over this this distance. Include.

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