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Vaal Thursday – Gallops Scheduled

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The great racing information machine continued to cough and splutter this week again. Racing almost ground to a halt at the Vaal on Tuesday.

Yet we are rostered to race at the same track on Thursday afternoon and the going has been declared as officially ‘good’.

Not a squeak yet out of the racing operator but private sources -thanks to them – inform us that two horses are scheduled to gallop early in the morning.

The Sporting Post has been contacted regularly today with the inevitable ‘is it on or off?’ from die-hard punters, on the verge of tearing what little hair most of them have left, out in pure frustration.

Tuesday’s Stipes Report tells of a pre meeting track inspection. There was also a jockey protest prior to the fourth.

Images of the Vaal track did the rounds. We had owners, trainers and jockeys asking where the O’Connor track report of 2018 was and what difference it had made – and what was implemented.

Who knows? Phumelela hardly spoke to the public in year’s past – since the BR expert and the financial whizz kid are running the show, there is just deathly silence. We’d love to know what the RTT make of it all. All the while SA racing bleeds.

The Vaal pen reading is 21 – what does that mean in the context of the condition of the track on Tuesday?

Mother Nature’s press release also suggests a 60% chance of rain.

We are not getting told anything else for now.

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8 comments on “Vaal Thursday – Gallops Scheduled

  1. the track is an issue. The Operator cannot make up its Mind. How does look internationally. We must be the only country in the world to have racing abandoned or protested when its 30 degrees plus. What a joke

  2. PL.NEL says:

    The Vaal track is apparently being dumped. Yes as in closed. Well, if Gauteng racing tracks can’t handle present racing then how will it handle it without the Vaal one has to ask. Winter weather in Gauteng is a killer for grass. The only option has to be synthetic and I am not convinced of polytrack for this region as its wax properties is not suitable in the cold and warm weather require watering. Jhb region needs another venue, OR are we to race less horses in the future. These track issues will continue unless reality of weather conditions and quantity of racing are faced. Maybe the mining at the vaal can donate

  3. NH HENDRICKS says:

    Are they racing on The Vaal Classic or The Vaal straight course today?

  4. bradford says:

    the vaal track is the widest in sa why dont you limit the fields during the winter and split the track in 2 and use a moveable rail that can be moved every 2 weeks this will save the track

    1. Editor says:

      Bradford Smith

  5. bradford says:

    as for the poly track i know your winters and summers are extreme but you can water in the summer when it does not rain and you can find out from the people that install these tracks if salt would affect the properties in the track because salt will stop the freezing of the track in the winter you might need a but more maintenance but its is in the interest of all involved in racing

  6. bradford says:

    i have a polly track and the temps reach 48 deg

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