Timeform pick out three bets from Vaal on Thursday.
"...the extra furlong here should play to his strengths..."
Till Dawn did let his supporters down last time out here on the main track when beaten close to three lengths in fourth and much better was expected after his quarter length second on the Greyville polytrack back in August. The son of Await The Dawn was returning from over two months off, and may have needed it more than connections thought, but if he is fit to go today on his first run since then, Till Dawn has the form in the book to win this, and do so comfortably as well.
Mustaaqeem has looked a bit special so far in just the two races with a seven and a half-length maiden win at Turffontein followed by a very impressive four length win when stepped up in to Grade One company at the same track. when he frankly laughed at his rivals. The form has worked out really well with the third and seventh winning since, and if he keeps on improving as expected then Mustaaqeem may well be the next big thing for top trainer Mike de Kock with this as a stepping stone to all the top races.
Tripod - 13:35 Vaal
Tripod looks a typical Dorrie Sham trained gelding with a promising (and well-backed) second on his debut here over the five furlongs on the main track before getting off the mark at the second attempt over the Turffontein five with a clever half-length defeat of the far more experience Sinfonco. The son of What A Winter took a while to get going that day, so the extra furlong here should play to his strengths, and with more improvement to come, Tripod looks the likeliest winner here in his first handicap off what may prove to be a generous mark of 74.