Upcoming Weekend Runners – Hollywood Syndicate: 6-8 December 2019

We have a number of runners to look out for over the weekend. Starting off on the Hollywoodbets Greyville Polytrack on Friday 6th December 2019, where no less than 7-runners line up for the Hollywood Syndicate. On Saturday we look to the Vaal, where three more runners from the in-form Clinton Binda camp go to post in the purple and yellow. Closing off the weekend at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday 8th December, we have one more runner from the Alyson Wright stable and we’ll be looking to finish off on a high note. See more about their chances here.

Friday 6 December 2019
Hollywoodbets Greyville Poly

Race 10 – 16:50
1000m – Barrier Trial

1 – Ralph The Rascal
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Tristan Godden
Wgt: 59.0kg
Draw: 1 (6 Runners)

Named after one of our long standing team members in our Star Factory division, Ralph The Rascal steps out for a long awaited trial. He has really flourished since becoming a 3-year old and this run should bring him on nicely, for his debut in a few weeks.

Race 1 – 17:23
1000m – Maiden Plate

3 – Jozi Hustle
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: Denis Schwarz
Wgt: 60.0kg
Draw: 3 (9 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 10/1

He showed good improvement when making the trip to KZN and dropping to the minimum trip on the Poly last time out. He lands an improved draw for his return to the same course and distance here and we are expecting him to build on that latest run. From gate 3, Denis Schwarz will have him in a relatively forward position and he is expected to fight out the finish. The stable is in electric form at the moment and he deserves plenty of respect.

Winning Form Comment: Showed some improvement over this course and distance last time. Has a good draw and may have more to come.

4 – Chief Officer
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Tristan Godden
Wgt: 60.kg
Draw: 4 (9 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 4/1

He returns from a 38 week rest after developing a cracked hoof and going lame behind. He has since overcome those issues and he has certainly benefitted from his time off. A bigger, stronger son of Captain Of All now, he brings some useful form lines with him. He is doing very well at home and despite the fact that he will need this, he should still feature prominently and we’ll be looking for a top 4 finish.

Winning Form Comment: Fair latest behind subsequent Graded stakes winner. Chance if fit and well.

Race 2 – 17:57
1200m – Apprentice Maiden Plate

1 – Kings Road
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: Denis Schwarz
Wgt: 60.0kg
Draw: 1 (10 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 15/4

He gave a very good account of himself on debut, when showing plenty of speed before becoming a little one paced in the closing stages. He was just a little bit green in running, with it being his first course appearance and the outing would’ve brought him on nicely. He lands a plum draw here, for his trip to the coast and the son of Vercingetorix will be expected to make the necessary improvement to go right into contention here. He has a good each way chance.

Winning Form Comment: Gauteng Raider. Showed speed on fair debut. Tries the Polytrack and should improve if suited to the service.

Race 3 – 18:32
1400m – Maiden Plate

10 – Pay The Punters
Trainer: Kom Naidoo
Jockey: S’manga Khumalo
Wgt: 59.0kg
Draw: 10 (10 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 14/1

Aptly named by our Finance team, this son of Var will steal the show in the parade, as far as looks are concerned. He is a big strapping sort, who showed more speed than anticipated in his trial, having given us the impression that he wants ground in his work at home. With that said, he was always going to debut over this sort of trip and he should get better over more ground. S’manga Khumalo takes the mount for his debut run and despite the fact that we don’t expect him to win on debut, he will come on a lot from this run and the experience will do him the world of good. With a bit of luck from gate 10, he should be staying on nicely in the closing furlong and we expect him to be in the first 5.

Winning Form Comment: First run. Var Gelding.

Race 4 – 19:07
1400m – Maiden Plate

5 – Bhakka
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Ashton Arries
Wgt: 59.0kg
Draw: 5 (11 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 14/1

Purchased at the 2018 BSA National 2 Year Old sale, this son of Wylie Hall has been named after one of our Winning Form Analysts, Peter Barker. He lands a useful draw for his debut run, but he will need more ground as he is bred to go 10-furlongs. With that said, he showed enough speed in his trial to give a good enough impression here and like our other debutantes on the night, the run will bring him on nicely. Ashton Arries takes the ride, having built up a nice relationship with him at home and they should be finishing in the top-half of the field.

Winning Form Comment: First run. Wylie Hall Gelding.

Race 6 – 20:17
1800m – Durban View Restaurant Progress Plate

3 – Sunny Bill Du-Toy
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Tristan Godden
Wgt: 61.0kg
Draw: 3 (8 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 12/1

He thoroughly enjoyed being back on the course just over two weeks ago, when having a trial to get him going. There was huge relief when he pulled up sound the next morning, with no signs of that injury that kept him away from racing for almost 18 months. He is finally back for an official outing, but we anticipate that he will still be in desperate need of the run. He lands a useful draw and we will be hoping to see him stay on in the closing 400m, but we won’t be advising punters to follow him just yet.

Winning Form Comment: Unbeaten in 2 starts this course and distance. Comes off a lengthy break but is highly rated. Chance.

Saturday 7th December 2019
Vaal Racecourse  

Race 1 – 12:00
1000m – Maiden Plate

4 – Blow Me Down
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: S’manga Khumalo
Wgt: 60.0kg
Draw: 11 (18 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 16/1

He gave a useful account of himself, when returning from a 20 week absence from racing. That was on the Polytrack and he stayed on nicely in the closing stages, despite being in need of the run. Back over the same trip for his follow up run, he gets the services of the in-form Khumalo and he’ll strip a fitter horses this time. He has plenty of speed and he has the credentials to be involved in the finish. We give him a small win chance and a solid place chance.

Winning Form Comment: Fair latest in KZN on the Polytrack. Khumalo rides and should strip fitter.

Race 6 – 14:58
1000m – Non- Black Type WSB Sophomore 1000 (3Yr Olds)

5 – Look To The Sky
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: S’manga Khumalo
Wgt: 56.5kg
Draw: 5 (12 runners)
Predicted Betting: 20/1

He is a classy individual with plenty of speed and it wasn’t a real surprise to see him win last time out, when returning after a 13 week break, despite the 13/1 starting price. He returns to the same course and distance and S’manga Khumalo retains the ride, but they line up against tougher opponents here. With that said, he won’t be easy opposition for the more fancied entrants and on his ability alone deserves the utmost respect. We expect to see him finish in the first four places and he’s definitely worth throwing into all exotics.

Winning Form Comment: Just held on to win latest when showing speed. Khumalo retains. Don’t ignore.

9 – Syx Shooter
Trainer: Clinton Binda
Jockey: Raymond Danielson
Wgt: 54.5kg
Draw: 11 (12 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 25/1

He was a convincing winner last time out, when the penny all of a sudden seemed to drop for this son of Great Britain. That was when returning from a 21 week rest and the run would’ve bought him on nicely for his upcoming summer campaign. He too has plenty of speed over this sort of trip, but this is his first run out of the maidens and he faces much tougher opposition here. Raymond Danielson rides and he has an outside place chance.

Winning Form Comment: Won maiden well in comeback run. Takes on much stronger today.

Sunday 8th December 2019
Hollywoodbets Scottsville 

Race 2 – 12:55
1200m – Maiden Plate (F&M)

6 – Gail Force (Pictured)
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Jockey: Denis Schwarz
Wgt: 60.0kg
Draw: 6 (18 Runners)
Predicted Betting: 10/1

She is a beautifully bred daughter of Soft Falling Rain, being the half-sister to recent Cape Merchants (Gr2) winner – Russet Air. Not only does she have a noticeable pedigree, but she has the ability to go with it and that was on display in her barrier trial a few weeks back. Being quite an uptight filly, she seemed to handle the occasion better than we could’ve ever imagined and she certainly would’ve learnt a lot from the experience. As far as her opposition is concerned, there are a few contenders that catch the eye so it won’t be easy, but on her ability alone she has a good each way chance and deserves lots of respect.

Winning Form Comment: First Run. Soft Falling Rain filly.

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