Rain To Rise At Turffontein Today

First is off at 12h05

Turffontein Racecourse plays host to a ten-race programme on the Standside course this afternoon.

There are four feature races including the Gr3 Acacia Stakes, Listed Storm Bird Stakes, Listed Ruffian Stakes and the Non-Black Type Bauhinia Handicap. The first is due off at 12h05.

Rain In Holland from the Sean Tarry stable takes her place in the Grade 3 Acacia Stakes.

Rain In Holland – set to bounce back to best (Pic – JC Photos)

She raced wide around the turn in the Grade 1 WSB Cape Town Met last time and understandably lacked a finish in the straight.

She has won four times and finished third twice from as many starts over this distance. It is encouraging that Richard Fourie steps back into the saddle. She takes a drop-in class and on best form shown, should take a power of beating.

Johan Janse van Vuuren saddles Permesso Avanti in Race 9. She should have finished closer to the winner last time as she hung in the final 200m.

Her penultimate run when second over this course and distance catches the eye.

She carries a handy galloping mass of 52,5kgs and Keagan de Melo may be able to coax that little bit extra out of her where it matters most.

Please note that Randall Simons and JP van der Merwe will not be riding today.

General Information as at 26 February 08h07
Weather Mostly sunny with 40% chance of afternoon showers & thunderstorms, 13-28 degs, 1 to 28km/h Southerly Cross wind. Sunset @ 6:42pm
Rainfall Last 24 Hours: Nil Last 7 Days: 1,5mm
Irrigation Last 24 Hours: 6mm Last 7 Days: 12mm
Penetrometer Reading 21
Track Condition Good
False Rail 4m on the back straight to 8m on the bend with an 8m spur at the 700m mark
  • The Bipot starts in the second race at 12h40
  • The Place Accumulator starts in the third race at 13h15
  • The Pick 6 starts in the fourth race at 13h50
  • The first Jackpot starts in the fifth race at 14h25
  • The second Jackpot starts in the seventh race at 15h40

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