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Newsflash: Vaal Saturday – Caution

Going is good to soft per Friday afternoon

A gallop and track inspection will be held at the Vaal on Saturday morning in advance of the Grand Heritage meeting in the afternoon.

The going is currently ‘good to soft’ with a pen reading of 26.

With more rain forecast, a further update will be provided in the morning.

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8 comments on “Newsflash: Vaal Saturday – Caution

  1. INNOCENT says:


  2. Nico says:

    I’ve always wondered, why don’t we race on soft or heavy tracks locally.. They do so in the UK and France

    What about horses that we have locally that are mud lovers, shouldn’t they be given an opportunity to run on ground suitable for them too.

  3. Shanil says:

    We might get Kimberly results and smaller pools.

  4. Pops says:

    South African horse race meetings used to be held on a wet soft track.That was in the 60’s and 70’s when there were meetings only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
    Jockeys came back covered in mud.Was their riding fee R 7.50 or R 15.00
    The one July was run on a very wet track,remember.
    What was it that changed?

  5. Rian says:

    Thought Turffontein had a poly!!!
    Most athletes run, play in any weather even snow
    Horses love rain , nostrils flare, eyes glow, skin beautiful and most muscles alert and ready

  6. Nico says:

    Shanil that’s the beauty of it, probably more profitable for the punter who can dig up form and find value that not many others can.

    In the case of smaller pools, that would be better than no pool if the meeting is abandoned.

    I think out local boys are a bit more scared than anywhere else in the world, a little bit of mud kickback and they claim their lives are in danger due to poor visability.

    Watch them jumps horses slog it out in absolute mud in the UK. mind you, they actually jump as well over much longer distances than flat horses.

  7. Donald says:

    Fully agree with the above posts ? To much irrelevant health and safety in this industry these days !

    Going should be posted as good , yielding or heavy and lets get on with it !

  8. Shanil says:

    Agreed Nico. Just that one cannot back with confidence in heavy tracks but exotics and quartets will offer value. Drainage is questionable on our tracks especially the hugely invested grass track. They use any excuse to race in the poly to make it relevant.

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