Best bets and value tips for racing from Durbanville on Monday 1st January with selections provided by Winning Form as well as their back page tipster, Magic Tips.
Winning Form Best Bets
Race 1: CHATUCHAK(2)
Race 5: MERAKI(1)
Race 6: DYNASTY'S BLOSSOM(4)
Race 8: FOREHAND(1)
Magic Tips Best Bets
Race 1: DYNASTY'S BOY(3)
Jockey: Aldo DOMEYER- Trainer: Candice BASS-ROBINSON
Small fields are the order of the day and just 5 maidens head to post here. DYNASTY'S BOY benefitted from the lengthy absence as the Kannemeyer inmate made huge improvement in his comeback run second time out. The Dynasty gelding was returning from a 30 week break when he ran on strongly for a close 2nd at Kenilworth over six furlongs a fortnight ago and his conditioner will have him spot-on today.
Race 3: READY STEADY GO(4)
Jockey: G Behr - Trainer: H Crawford
READY STEADY GO had a satisfactory second outing with a big mass on his handicap debut and of course he emerged victorious over dual subsequent winner What A Winner in his first career outing which was on this course in October. The improving son of Gimmethegreenlight should enjoy today's extra furlong on his return to this track and he could prove really tough to beat. He will be aided by the best draw.
Race 5: MERAKI(1)
Jockey: A Domeyer- Trainer: C Bass-Robinson
The imported colt MERAKI weakened late over a mile in a competitive line-up recently but should prefer this slightly shorter trip and this run-in. He has shown fair ability and the Bass-Robinson inmate can go close from his good draw. His stablemate CRADLEOFGRATITUDE is seldom far off but he has a length and a half to find with the first selection on their clash behind Run Red. He is also well drawn though and should compete for the exacta spot.
Race 6: ZANADU(1)
Jockey: B Fayd'Herbe Trainer: J Stewart
ZANADU has shown smart improvement since partnering with today's top jockey and the pair finished a creditable 4th over this trip at Kenilworth last time out. The runner-up Tease and 3rd placed entrant Lady Sutton boosted the formline when they fought out a titanic duel subsequently and this daughter of Ideal World appears the one to beat in this ordinary line-up.
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Race 7: MTOROSHANGA(5)
Jockey: R Khathi - Trainer: P Kruyer
The frontrunning MTOROSHANGA tired late in a competitive event over a mile recently but he is a different proposition over this slightly shorter distance as his formline shows. This track should suit his running style and the bay gelding can quickly bounce back to form. He is the stable's only runner on the day.
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