Upcoming Weekend Runners: Friday 28th February 2020 – Sunday 1 March 2020

After a good recent run of form, we will be looking to finish off the month of February on a high this weekend and continue with a good start to the month of March, this Sunday. Once again, a number of our runners should give a very good account of themselves. See more here.

Friday 28th February 2020
Hollywoodbets Greyville Polytrack

Race 1 – 16:27
1600m – Maiden Plate

3 – Bhakka
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Tristan Godden
Wgt: 60.0kg
Draw: 3 (15 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 3/1

He has performed quite well in both starts so far and the form line of his latest run has produced three subsequent winners, which goes a long way to frank the strength of that race. Since then, he has had an interrupted prep after getting loose at home and suffering a few abrasions when slipping on tarmac. As such, the stable feel that he may be in need of this run, but are confident of a big performance despite the trip being short of his best. He should have a nice each-way chance.

Winning Form Comment: Two decent runs produced. Form of latest has been franked. Merits respect.

Race 2 – 17:00
1600m – Novice Plate

7 – Uncle Charlie
Trainer: Garth Puller
Jockey: Khanya Sakayi (-1.5kg)
Wgt: 57.5kg
Draw: 7 (12 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 20/1

He continues to drop in the ratings and is fast approaching a mark where he should go close to winning soon. The 1.5kg claiming Khanya Sakayi takes the mount from a fair draw and he should have a reasonable chance of finding a useful position at the off. If finding a smooth passage in the closing stages, he should run on nicely and a place finish can be expected.

Winning Form Comment: Moderate recent form. Faces a difficult task at the weights.

Race 6 – 19:20
1900m – Durban View Restaurant MR 89 Handicap

11 – Sunny Bill Du-Toy
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Tristan Godden
Wgt: 58.5kg
Draw: 11 (13 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 5/1

He hasn’t quite bounced back to his best just yet, but he certainly enjoyed stepping up to this trip last time out when boxing on well over the final 300m. Drawn out wide once again, he may have to be ridden a bit more patiently but he is fast approaching a competitive raring now and on form alone, he looks well weighted to make a big impression here.

Winning Form Comment: Showing signs of returning to form. Drawn deep, but don’t leave out.

Race 8 – 20:30
1000m – Sizzling Summer Challenge Finale MR 69 Handicap

7 – Seventh Son
Trainer: Darryl Moore
Jockey: Khanya Sakayi (-1.5kg)
Wgt: 57.0kg
Draw: 7 (15 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 14/1

He hasn’t been the soundest of horses in recent times, but the stable have finally got him ticking over nicely and he comes into this race a fresh horse. With that said, he will just need the run and this outing should bring him on nicely for his current campaign.

Winning Form Comment: Pacifiers OFF. Makes stable debut.

8 – Alphamikefoxtrot
Trainer: Darryl Moore
Jockey: Athandiwe Mgudlwa
Wgt: 57.5kg
Draw: 8 (15 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 10/1

He has found some very useful form on the Poly in recent times and the form line of his last start has held up very nicely. Drawn on the outside of the abovementioned stable companion, he will be looking to race just off the first line of horses and he should be boxing on smartly in the closing stages. He should have a good each way chance.

Winning Form Comment: Fair effort last time. Has a decent shout on best form shown.

Saturday 29th February 2020
Turffontein Inside

Race 1 – 12:10
1450m – Ici Fire Safety Specialists

7 – Phinda Mzala
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: Piere Strydom
Wgt: 60.0kg
Draw: 7 (12 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 16/10

He did well to run on in his latest effort just a week ago and he now gets the services of top jockey, Piere Strydom. This son of Philanthropist is going to relish the step up to the 1450m and with plenty of scope for further improvement, he is expected to go very close to winning.

Winning Form Comment: Improved latest when stayed on nicely. Should appreciate the step up in trip.

Sunday 1 March 2020
Hollywoodbets Scottsville

Race 6 – 15:25
1000m – Pinnacle Stakes

1 – Travelling Light
Trainer: Garth Puller
Jockey: Jabu Jacobs (-4kg)
Wgt: 54.0kg
Draw: 1 (10 runners)
Predicted Betting: 10/1

She just needed her last start and found some traffic in the closing stages, which resulted in her losing some momentum in the final furlong. A very speedy filly, she returns to the course and distance where she won comfortably on debut and due to the fact that she will strip a much fitter horse now, she should give a better account of herself. She does line up against older males, but with the weight off her back she has a place chance.

Winning Form Comment: Needed latest. Won only attempt over this c&d. Should strip fitter.

Race 10 – 12:00
1000m – Barrier Trial

11 – Mrs Hotline
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Tristan Godden
Wgt: 58.0kg
Draw: 11 (14 Runners)

She has been plagued with issues relating to colic and stomach ulcers, but a course of treatment has improved the situation and she is finally due to get going with this barrier trial. She will benefit immensely from the outing and it should bring her on nicely for her debut in a few weeks.


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