Best bets and value tips for racing from Turffontein on Thursday 9th August with selections provided by Winning Form as well as their back page tipster, Magic Tips.
Winning Form Best Bets
Race 1: FARARANGA(7)
Race 2: MANTRACKER(2)
Race 3: TOP SHOT(1)
Race 6: SILVER PEG(5)
Magic Tips Best Bets
Race 1: FARARANGA(7)
Jockey: C STOREY - Trainer: D SHAM
FARARANGA confirmed that her optimum distance is this minimum trip when she stayed on for a good 2nd in a competitive recent affair at the Vaal two weeks ago. She had a few of today's rivals comfortably behind her that day and the switch to this short run-in will suit the consistent daughter of Querari. She was pipped in a thrilling three-way finish in her only c & d effort and jumps from a good draw today.
Race 3: LORD SILVERIO(3)
Jockey: S KHUMALO - Trainer: S TARRY
The grey colt LORD SILVERIO is improving rapidly as his three wins from his last four starts indicate. He smashed his rivals which included DEFY GRAVITY (not striding out) over this trip a fortnight ago and hardly surprisingly, he received the maximum eight pound penalty. That said, the Tarry inmate still has huge room for progress and though this tight circuit and likely sedate gallop are obvious concerns, the son of Silvano oozes class and he can complete the hat-trick.
Race 6: PUGET SOUND(1)
Jockey: M YENI - Trainer: M DE KOCK
PUGET SOUND showed plenty of determination as he fought back doggedly to win his last ten furlong start after adopting frontrunning tactics a month ago. He was raised three pounds for his exertions but the versatile gelding still has more to offer and the switch to this track will suit him. He won't mind the drop in trip and could be a done a favour by the veteran campaigner SILVER PEG who also likes to dictate his own terms.
Race 8: GIMME HOPE JOHANNA(5)
Jockey: M YENI Trainer: M DE KOCK
GIMME HOPE JOHANNA showed an exceptional turn of foot when she made shock improvement to trounce her male rivals over this c & d three weeks ago. She may have escaped with just a six pound penalty and though she meets stronger rivals today, she does of course face her own sex and can follow-up.
Race 5: ANIMAL LOVER(6)
Jockey: D SCHWARZ - Trainer: G ALEXANDER
ANIMAL LOVER clearly found the mile too sharp for her last month but she had good form over this trip prior to that including finishing a creditable 3rd to subsequent winner Sailor Girl (beat male rivals two starts later) on her handicap debit in her penultimate start.
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