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Vaal Today: The Fizz Has Gone

No obvious banker anymore

The withdrawal of Mike de Kock’s Gin Fizz from the fourth race at the Vaal today has thrown the exotics wide open as everybody’s obvious banker won’t run.

The daughter of Soft Falling Rain was to have lined up in a Graduation Plate for fillies and mares over 1000m and had everything in her favour.

Sean Tarry – some nice runners today

But that’s history now and Emerald Tiara from the Sean Tarry yard is now the horse to beat.

The daughter of Gimmethegreenlight has not raced since finishing 17.50 lengths behind Basadi Faith in the SA Fillies Nursery in May last year, a race in which she pulled up lame.

Prior to that she had run three decent races, winning on debut over 800m and then placing third in a Listed and Grade 3 race for juvenile fillies respectively. She is likely to be in need of the run.

Tabnews report that the sixth race is the second Graduation Plate on the card and looks far more competitive. It is over the straight 1600m and no runner has a clear advantage over the rest based on merit ratings.

Flash Burn – Gavin Lerena rides him today (Pic – JC Photos)

Tarry probably has the strongest hand with Rivonia Boulevard, marginally the best-handicapped, and Flash Burn, pictured above.

Apprentice Luke Ferraris seems to be the first-choice jockey for the stable these days as he has been getting the plum rides. Ferraris is riding Rivonia Boulevard, but Tarry has a vast array of talented horses in his yard and very often there is very little to choose between them.

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He has engaged Gavin Lerena to ride Flash Burn so there will be no shortage of assistance from the saddle in that regard.

Trainer Tyrone Zackey saddles four of the 10 runners and clearly Johnny Hero is the best of his quartet. Interestingly he has engaged Piere Strydom to ride the three-year-old gelding and that is a combination which has produced a number of winners.

Mike Azzie also has two runners and of the pair Bohica must be a contender. This son of Capetown Noir made a return to racing in January after having been gelded, finished just two lengths behind Approach Control in a Graduation Plate over 1450m but then had to contend with a wide draw in the Grade 2 Gauteng Guineas and faded out late.

This will be his third run after the layoff so Bohica should be at peak fitness and will have S’manga Khumalo on his back to guide him home.

The false inside rails are set at 12m in from the 1600m to the 600m, with a 12m spur at the 600m mark. The outside rail is set at zero.

Warren Kennedy is still indisposed and has been replaced on his rides.

The first race is off at 13h10.

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2 comments on “Vaal Today: The Fizz Has Gone

  1. Gman says:

    And it happens again.Race 6 no2 got scratched Flash burn was the fixed odds fav but on the tote no1 was the favourate who happened to run a solid 4th.Out of all the exotics.How many tickets was on the 2 in all the exotics.How do the topdogs expect punters to play these exotics when things like this happen so often.My 2cents worth if a horse is carded to run on the day and is not scratced before the start of Race1 that horse should qualify for all exotic bets regardless if it run or not.In a nut shell pick6 starts the odds on gets scratched then the tote fav runs nowhere we as the punter should get that horse regardless if a 50/1 wins.How many punters bank horses and then something happens to the horse and its gets scr.We as punters see these things happen and we as punters talk but no1 cares.The day when punters talk with their wallets is near if not already here.

  2. Oscar says:

    I agree with you 100 percent.I was also a victim of the same situation on numerous occasions.
    Another favourite rule that destroys punters is the tote coupling.rule.How often.does a trainer have three horses in a major pick six.leg and he wins with the biggest outsider of the three. example Eden Roc and Shango.
    Also another rule that seems to be detrimental to punters is the foutth placed rule that applies to races where sixteen or more horses are carded.
    On many instances just before the races one or two hprses are scratched rendering the fourth place null and void.
    The poor punter who took and all to come bet is shattered when his horse runs fourth.
    Unfortunately as punters there is very little we can do.
    However by submitting our displeasure at some of the rules may.be the authorities that be might change some of the rules that will make a.big difference in the pools especially the all to come which is a beautiful bet.
    Lets hope that the authorities ease the pains of the poor punter.
    Before I go I will like to take this.opportunity to thank Hollywood bets and Tab Gold that gave the poor punters who are at the receiving end day in and.day out a chance to win something in the sport of kings.
    Definitely a step in the right direction.

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