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VAAL Picks and Tips: 23 June 2020


A tough opener with a host of newcomers having only there first or second start. On pedigree, CRUSADE CRUISER looks a real chance, with its Dam winning 3 times over distance. Watch for HEY GORGEOUS, DRY DELTA, RISE AS ONE & SHELTERING SKY all having a there first trip to the track.

Top Tip                                  Crusade Cruiser (1)

Exotics                                  Hey Gorgeous (6) Dry Delta (3) Rise As One (9) Sheltering Sky (10)


Tough maiden, which looks to be a nice race. SOUTH EAST and BOWIE both have race day experience and look to be right in this after finding a check in previous starts. Watch for the Johan Vuuren trained LIQUID making his debut out of barrier 1, VALYRIAN KING to fill out exotics

Top Tip                                  South East (7)

Exotics                                  Bowie (1) Liquid (4) Valyrian King (11)


SENESCENCE has the blinkers fitted for the first time as it looks to improve on 2 recent seconds. SUPER DUPER, SPIRIT LAW  & CONSOL QUEEN all have recent placings and may be once again in line for a check. Lyle Hamilton is aboard JACK’S SWAN may to be one to watch for flying home

Top Tip                                  Senescence (11)

Exotics                                  Super Duper (2) Spirit Law (1) Jack’s Swan (10)


A really nice race, excuse NIMCHA of his last run 6th and give him another chance in this one. HELLOFARIDE is racing in solid fashion and only carrying 54kg with Callan Murray aboard. MASTER AND MAN & SKIMINAC won’t be far off the mark when whips are cracking.

Top Tip                                  Nimcha (6)

Exotics                                  Hellofaride (10) Skiminac (4) Master And Man (5)


A real tough contest, Lyle Hewitson rides recently gelded MEERAAS back after a spell. IDEAL WOLFF likes the good ground & winner at both track/distance in the past. Second-up and much fitter for the run will be TYRUS EXPRESS & GENTLEMAN’S WAGER. CAPTAIN CHORUS is an inconsistent talent to be watched.

Top Tip                                  Meeraas (3)

Exotics                                  Gentleman’s Wager (7) Ideal Wolff (6) Captain Chorus (10)


One of our better bets of the day comes in BATTLEOFTRAFALGAR. Mike De Kock trained horse won its last outing here and looks to recovered well after a recent gelding. PURE STATE and LAND OF THE BRAVE look to be the main dangers, with ARAPAHO coming in much better weighted.

Top Tip                                  Battleoftrafalgar (2)

Exotics                                  Land of the Brave (5) Pure State (3) Arapaho (1)


A great race with lots of realistic chances. MARSHALL is back to some further ground which should really suit the classy 3-year-old. AMERICAN HUSTLE is a winner last start with Jeffery Syster’s 2.5kg claim may make it two in a row. URBAN ROCK, BOHICA and EPIC DREAM all have recent checks to their names.

Top Tip                                  Marshall (5)

Exotics                                  Bohica (11) American Hustle (2) Urban Rock (9)


Another good race with plenty of winning hopes. TOKYO DRIFT always finds his best at this level, GRINDELWALD comes in on a two-race winning streak. With the blinkers back on DONNY G has been better his last 2 runs, look for him to keep improving under Lerena. Look for lightly raced CORVETTE CAPTAIN to be making claims for a check.

Top Tip                                  Tokyo Drift (4)

Exotics                                  Grindelwald (10) Donny G (2) Corvette Captain (6)


The last looks like a race between two, PIDGEON ROCK and GALACTIC WARRIOR. With apprentice Philasande Mxoli having the 4kg claim and the extra 199mtrs we’re rating GALACTIC WARRIOR on top. QUICK WIT has been consistent in 3 career starts, with HOLY MAN wining last time out.

Top Tip                                  Galactic Warrior (3)

Exotics                                  Pidgeon Rock (1) Holy Man (10) Quick Wit (5)

BEST BET                            Race 6                                   Battleoftrafalgar (2)

NEXT BEST                          Race 9                                   Galactic Warrior (3)

ROUGHIE                             Race 8                                   Corvette Captain (6)

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