Best bets and value tips for racing from Scottsville on Sunday 17th December with selections provided by Winning Form as well as their back page tipster, Magic Tips.
Winning Form Best Bets
Race 2: LUNAR TIDE (5)
Race 4: ROOT BEER(7)
Race 7: ROYAL AGREE(8)
Race 8: VALCAR(6)
Magic Tips Best Bets
Race 2: LOVE THEME(9)
Jockey: A Marcus - Trainer: D Howells
LOVE THEME is progressive and she improved on her promising debut when close-up over this c & d in her comeback run two weeks ago. The well-related bay filly should strip fitter and she certainly has much more scope for improvement.
Race 3: QUEENSBERRY RULE(2)
Jockey: A Delpech - Trainer: G Puller
QUEENSBERRY RULES has some niggles but he is improving and he finished a creditable 5th in an open contest over this track & trip earlier this campaign. The runner-up Amritsar easily won his maiden subsequently and this bay gelding has further scope for progress. His conditioner will have him fit and well.
Race 4: MAKING MIRACLES(9)
Jockey: S Mbhele - Trainer: P Lafferty
The three-year old filly MAKING MIRACLES has continued her ultra-consistent form and she has already shown her staying prowess. She will definitely benefit from the 4kgs apprentice allowance today and the daughter of Black Minnaloushe can continue her stable's improved recent form
Race 7: IF ONLY(2)
Jockey: K De Melo- Trainer: D Howells
IF ONLY has been a model of consistency and she acquitted herself well in stronger company in her last two starts. She is particularly effective over this c & d and should be a huge contender with top jockey Marcus in the saddle.
VALUE BET (EACH WAY) FOR TODAY:
Race 8: ETERNAL ICE(11)
Jockey: M Ntuli - Trainer: K Naidoo
This is a wide open low-key handicap but the value entrant could be ETERNAL ICE from the Kom Naidoo stable. This five-year old bay gelding prefers the grass which explains his poor recent polytrack form but he has his peak showing here. In fact, he had some fair prior form in stronger company on this course and the well-bred son of Western Winter continues to tumble in the merit ratings. His jockey is in decent form
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