Take pride in Pamushana

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Take pride in Pamushana

ALEC LAIRD

Jack Milner: Racing returns to the Vaal Classic track on Tuesday and bettors are faced with a tricky card.

Of course, other than races over 1000m which are run up the straight, all the others take place around the turn so draws do matter, especially in events from 1200m to 1600m.

One runner to keep an eye on is lightly raced Pamushana’s Pride who runs in Race 4, a Classified Stakes over 1800m. This Louis The King gelding will be having only his fifth start, winning on his third run and following that up with a 1.75-length third to above-average Gimmethegoahead over this distance on the Turffonten Standside track.

Gimmethegoahead proved his ability when a 4.85-length third behind Second Base in the Grade 3 Sea Cottage Stakes over 1800m on the Turffontein inside track last Saturday so that backs up the ability of Pamushana’s Pride.  

Alec Laird’s charge has plenty of improvement to come while the opposition is made up of runners with well-exposed form.

S’manga Khumalo has ridden him is all of his races and he is back on board on Tuesday.  

Perhaps the biggest threat is David Nieuwenhuizen-trained five-year-old mare Plum Field, who is honest, and comes off two runner-up spots. Jason Gates rides and she carries just 53.5kg.

Finding a best bet on this card is not easy but perhaps we can open the meeting with a win on Rollwiththepunches, trained by Roy Magner in this Juvenile Plate Race over 1000m. He won impressively on debut where he beat heavily supported filly Bella Chica from the Ashley Fortune yard by 0.75 lengths. The latter came out subsequently and had to be hard ridden to claim her spoils.

They now meet on identical terms.

In his second start, Rollwiththepunches had his work cut out when taking on Cold Fact, a filly highly rated by trainer Paul Peter. He had to give her 2.5kg and went down three-lengths.

Dorrie Sham’s Vercingetorix filly Naarah was backed when duly obliging on debut, despite being hampered by a slipped saddle, and can only improve over the extra 200m.

The joker in the pack could be well-bred debutante Social Image who receives 5.5kg from the Magner-trained colt. If she is well supported, follow the money.

 

Jack Milner’s selections

Race 1: 11 Rollwiththepunches, 2 Bella Chica, 3 Naarah, 9 Social Image

Race 2: 3 Raeesah, 9 Alex The Great, 4 Mr Hugo, 7 Allez Les Bleu

Race 3: 9 So Long Spring, 7 Ration My Passion, 1 Palace Green, 8 The Sash

Race 4: 2 Pamushana’s Pride, 11 Plum Field, 6 Drummer Dude, 1 Afraad

Race 5: 11 Finchatton, 5 Nebraas, 2 Sell High, 10 Just Kidding

Race 6: 1 Romeo’s Magic, 2 Kool Baikal, 8 Fly North, 7 Un Deux Trois

Race 7: 3 Stone Cold, 7 El Romiachi, 3 River Jordan, 9 Waqaas

Race 8: 1 After Hours, 3 Successful Secret, 7 Heart Of A Legend, 13 Hottentots Holland

BEST BET

Race 1 No 1 Rollwiththepunches

VALUE BET

Race 5 No 1 Finchatton

BEST SWINGER

Race 1 1×2

 

BIPOT

R162

Leg 1: 1

Leg 2: 3, 4, 9

Leg 3: 1, 7, 9

Leg 4: 2, 11

Leg 5: 1, 2, 5

Leg 6: 1, 2, 8

 

PLACE ACCUMULATOR

R243

Leg 1: 3, 4, 9

Leg 2: 1, 7, 9

Leg 3: 2

Leg 4: 1, 2, 5

Leg 5: 1, 2, 8

Leg 6: 6

Leg 7: 1, 3, 7

 

PICK 6

R1920

Leg 1: 1, 7, 8, 9

Leg 2: 2, 6, 11

Leg 3: 1, 2, 5, 10

Leg 4: 1, 2, 7, 8

Leg 5: 6, 7

Leg 6: 1, 3, 7, 8, 13

 

JACKPOT 1

R96

Leg 1: 2, 6, 11

Leg 2: 1, 2, 5, 10

Leg 3: 1, 2, 7, 8

Leg 4: 6, 7

 

JACKPOT 2

R224

Leg 1: 1, 2, 5, 10

Leg 2: 1, 2, 7, 8

Leg 3: 6, 7

Leg 4: 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 13

 

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