Feb 15 2018

Brian Wiid-trained Emily Jay has struck peak form this season and can continue her winning ways at the Vaal track on Thursday when teamed up with top apprentice Lyle Hewitson in Race 5, a MR 92 Handicap (F&M) over 1400m.

Returning after a rest, this daughter of Jay Peg ran out a clear-cut winner over 1400m at Turffontein. Then rested again and going off at long odds, she won with similar ease in a MR 88 Handicap over 1400m at the Vaal.

The four-year-old had Hewitson up in her subsequent outing when carrying 58.5kg and justifying favouritism with a gutsy close win over 1600m at the Vaal. Though taking on stronger opposition this time she could have the edge again as she carries 2kg less and will like reverting to 1400m.

Her main rivals are Alileo, Oh My Darling and Banking April.

However, punters have good chance to make money earlier on the card and one who could oblige is Mike de Kock-trained Quick Glimpse (Callan Murray) who steps out in Race 2, a Maiden Plate (F&M) over 1200m. This Australian import comes off an inspiring last run when a fast-finishing close second over 1400m at Turffontein. With the confidence gained from that run the three-year-old should go one better this time.

Best of the others are Summer Spin, Ticktacktoe, Tidal Tussle and Go Fuggi.

Another worth following is Sean Tarry-trained Amanika (Hewitson) who contests Race 3, a Maiden Plate (F&M) over 1400m. This Silvano filly has made good progress after a moderate debut when slowly away. She followed up with a creditable fourth in a big field, and then in her subsequent outing when ridden by Hewitson and relishing the step up to 1400m, was a fast-finishing close second in a big field at Turffontein.

The three-year-old will be much fitter this time as that run was after a rest, and she could be followed home by Believe Me, Annie The Great, Dunas Douradas and Generous Notion.

There is likely to be a close call in Race 4, but one who could have the edge in this Maiden Plate over 1400m is Johan van Vuuren-trained Dreamsaremadeof with Weichong Marwing up. The three-year-old has improved with each run and her recent run when a close third in a raid at Greyville could see her in the winner’s enclosure.

The pick of the remainder are What A Story, Kentucky Blue, Stop And Stare and Sakura

Viv Greybe

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