There are ten races carded at the Vaal today and a host of both human and equine celebrities are expected to descend on the venue for The Vaal Tri Festival.
In conjunction with the sponsors, Socrasync Toro Ya Africa, a decision was made to move two of the most prolific races on the Highveld calendar to the Vaal.
The joint venture of Socrasync and Toro Ya Africa has projects around the country and recently came on board to sponsor the Listed Algoa Cup in Port Elizabeth, which was a magnificent success.
The Gr3 Victory Moon Stakes over 1800m, the most important build-up race to the Gauteng Summer Cup, and the Listed Gardenia Stakes for fillies and mares over 1000m, will be run today.
Unless you have badge – owners, trainers, Racing Association, Racing It’s A Rush etc that will give you free entry to the course – there will be an entrance fee of R50.
But what a line-up you will get for that nominal fare. Some of the best entertainers in the country will be seen in action at the Vaal and leading the way is 24-year-old singer/songwriter sensation Lady Zamar.
Other celebrities on show are Vetkoek & Mahoota, Karlar Debsa, Doctor Khumalo, MJV De Boi, Simphiwe Majola Thulisa and King Deetoy.
Apprentice Cole Dicken has ridden his 20th winner and will now claim 2,5kg.
The false rail is set at 3,5m on the back straight and bend, with a 3,5m spur at the 600m mark. It is zero on the outside rails to the pull-up area.
First-timer / Rested horses comments:
1 11:55 – WELCOME TO THE TRIFESTIVAAL RACEDAY WORKRIDERS MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
7 ALICANTE M F De Kock: Will need the run, not showing much
11 IRISH JET M/A Azzie: Big filly, will be green and will need the run
15 TURF GAZELLE P A Peter: Will need the run
16 WESTERN VISION M F De Kock: Each way chance
2 12:30 – BELLE DIMORE INTERIOR DECORATING MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
1 TOWARDS THE SUN S G Tarry: Should run well
4 MASAAQAAT (NZ) M F De Kock: Each way chance
7 ABIA J J van Vuuren: If not too green can run in the money
8 AFRIEL C Binda: Showing good work but may lack experience
9 BELLS AT SEVEN G J Maroun: Will need the run
10 CAERPHILLY R R Magner: Nice filly will need the experience
12 COSMIC TRICKS S Moffatt: Will be green and in need of the experience
13 FOXY VIXEN F C De Beer: Fit and well
14 HAPPY TOGETHER C Binda: Nice , speedy sort but will need the experience
16 MALVERN C Dawson: Nice filly may need the eperience
17 OLYMPIC DESTINY A B Fortune: Will need the experience and further
18 ROKSOLANA B Webber: Nice horse might need further
19 TOMORROW IDONTKNOW A B Fortune: Has not galloped and will need the run
20 UNDECIDED C Dawson: Nice filly may need the eperience
3 13:05 – FIRST STEPS KINDERGARDEN MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
1 ESPASA J L Van Heerden: Will need the run
2 TZARITZA (FR) M F De Kock: Shows nice work but might just need the run
8 BUT WHY NOT S Moffatt: Will be green and in need of the experience
10 DUNE GODDESS H E Adamson: May need the experience
15 LUCKY SHAMROCK T Zackey: Will need the run
16 MEERCAT C Dawson: Nice filly may need the eperience
17 SARAFINA D Sham: Will need further in time
20 TIMPANI G V Woodruff: Has had a grass gallop, but will need this run so I do not expect much
4 13:40 – SYNERGY SAFETY SOLUTIONS MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
7 DIFFERENTIATE P F Matchett: Will need the run
11 HONFLEUR A G Laird: Nice filly but will need the run
12 INTIMIDATE S Moffatt: Nice filly and if not too green include in back end of Quartet
13 LADY AMHERST A G Laird: Place Chance
15 LITTLE RAIN C Dawson: No comment given
16 MAGIC MILA P A Peter: Will need the run
18 SMART AFFAIR F C De Beer: Fit and well
5 14:15 – THE VAAL MONATENG CAFE GRADUATION PLATE
12 CITY ROCK S Botha: Will need the run
6 14:50 – LORDS SIGNATURE HOTEL MR 96 HANDICAP
8 SILVER GOD S G Tarry: May just need the run
12 HOW DOES IT TASTE C Dawson: Working well hoping for a nice first run back
16 ODEN G Terzi: First run in SA after a lay off, Watch for now
7 15:25 – GARDENIA STAKES (Listed) Powered by MCD
1 GREEN PLAINS S G Tarry: May just need the run
15 RIO’S WINTER S Moffatt: Very nice filly, coming off a layoff and will be too short.
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