De Melo Is The Form Jockey

The first race at Turffontein is off at 12h30

The new week starts off with an eight-race programme at Turffontein this afternoon.

After riding three winners at Hollywoodbets Scottsville yesterday, Keagan de Melo makes his way to Gauteng and has six rides with a couple of decent winning chances.

The first is due off at 12h30.

Keagan de Melo Candiese Lenferna

Keagan de Melo – rich vein of form (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Total Protection from the Ashley Fortune stable takes his place in Race 2. He was not disgraced when third in the Grade 3 London News Stakes last time.

He lost a length at the start, but raced from a handy position and stayed on at the business end. The son of Ideal World should be at home over this distance. He is well-weighted and if jumping on terms, he should notch up his third career victory.

Trainer Roy Magner saddles Power Ranger in the lucky last. His last two starts have been fair. He finished 3.7 lengths behind Timbavati River in his penultimate effort.

He is 4kgs better off at the weights today and there should not be much separating them in the run down to the line. If not too far out of his ground at the halfway mark, he may find himself in the winner’s enclosure.

General Information as at 16 January 08:21
Weather Mostly Sunny, 14-31degs, 13-32km/h North Easterly Tail/Cross wind. Sunset @ 7:05pm
Rainfall Last 24 Hours: Nil Last 7 Days: Nil
Irrigation Last 24 Hours: 9mm Last 7 Days: 54mm
Penetrometer Reading 22
Track Condition Good
False Rail Zero on the back straight to 4m on the bend with a 4m spur at the 700m mark.
  • · The Bipot starts in the first race at 12h30
  • · The Place Accumulator starts in the second race at 13h05
  • · The Pick 6 starts in the third race at 13h40
  • · The first Jackpot starts in the fourth race at 14h15
  • · The second Jackpot starts in the fifth race at 14h50

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