1. THUNDER STAR is in form , was late to finish last time, extra distance should suit. ESSENCE OF LOVE has come to hand with a forward run when he led in and was covered up near the distance post, the canny trainer has put the best rider on top today, should be favored to win. SHOCKALOT ran a much improved race last time but has a nasty habit of slow getaway from the gates. PRINCE ARIUS who bled last time looks fit, has a handicap chance to upset.
ESSENCE OF LOVE-THUNDER STAR-SHOCKALOT.
2. DOUBLE O SEVEN has a lot of early speed but has run erratic on a number of occasions and the rider is not a strong one. HIGH EXPECTATION won well and retains form, the got abroad can repeat. ZEDA is from a good speedy sire, may run well. LADY BIRD is a better bred got abroad who has initial speed, will utilize the low weights to skip away.
HIGH EXPECTATIONS- LADYBIRD.
3. KNIGHT OF KE who is in good form goes over a slightly sharp trip, looks good on handicap, has bled once earlier. HEAT WAVE is a good type who has been improving with runs. TRANCE has been running over trips with good ones, obviously did not perform as a favorite as that is the way with this trainer’s wards, can win here. VICTORIA FALLS is on the up and maintain form.
4. PROTECTOR OF PARIS ran below level in last run, may improve. VASCO DE GAMA won with authority and is likely to go up in scales and should repeat. SHINING PATH was shaping to win in last run, has low weights now.
VASCO DE GAMA-SHINNING PATH.
5. CEZZANE was done in by a bad jump when the horse ran green initially, may redeem now. SUNNY SEA was a forward runner last time, has potential and a try rider. ARRIVEDERCI has been tracking well, should be running well. SWEET AS HONEY from a speedy mare ran a fine 2nd despite saddle slip, but belongs to a lower level trainer whose wards are normally tried at longer odds.
CEZZANE-ARRIVEDERCI-SWEET AS HONEY.
6. WINGED KING was unnecessarily backed as a good thing by the public and flopped as predicted, distance dos not suit. FLEETWOOD MAC has run some encouraging races and is due for a win. SAMBA WARRIOR was a fast finisher and has a good rider now but remember the trainer does not have a good record on favorites. SWORD OF HONOUR has low weights and needs generous rates and a trip to perform.
SAMBA WARRIOR-FLEETWOOD MAC-WINGED KING.
7. The ordinarily bred ACT OF VALOUR could not step in last run when chasing home, has a chance. SPADES has been worked well and looks to have come to hand, is decently bred. AQUAMARINE is from a speed inducing sire, has been tracking. The well bred THE UNICORN has been given soft works. SOMETHING SPECIAL can place again with a try run.
SPADES-ACT OF VALOUR-AQUA MARINE.
8. The speedy SONG OF AFRICA is in great form and has a chance with the raw rookie. PASSION PRINCE has often been beaten close home, may scrape through as competition has lots of weak and raw riders. The other fresh rider form the Narredu family has a decent chance on BLIND DATE who had led well up to the distance post in last run, has a bad draw. SMALL TREASURE has been working after the last good win. SNOW ANGEL has slid down the scales and can upset if allowed to run freely. BASIC LIFE was late to finish last time, has low weights.
PASSION PRINCE-SONG OF AFRICA-BASIC LIFE.
DAYS BEST===VASCO DE GAMA