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South African Racing Tips – Tips for three Group Ones at Scottsville on Saturday

  • Thee Group One races headline the action at Scottsville on Saturday
  • All three will be run over 1200m (6f)
  • Two-year-old colts take center-stage in the Golden Horse Medallion
  • Celtic Sea tries to defend her crown in the South African Fillies’ Sprint
  • A strong field go to post in the Golden Horse Sprint Handicap
  • We have tips for all three races with 888Sport
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We bring you our South African racing tips for Saturday 4th July, as Scottsville stages three historic Group One sprints.

July 4th was originally pencilled in for the Durban July in 2020. Sadly, the Covid-19 outbreak has seen South Africa’s most prominent festival pushed back to July 25th. In it’s place, however, we find three rescheduled Group One sprints, and racegoers at Scottsville this weekend are in for a thrilling afternoon.

I’ve taken a closer look at the fields set to contest the Golden Horse Medallion, the South African Fillies’ Sprint and the Golden Horse Sprint, proving readers with a selection in each race.

South African Racing Tips Saturday 4th July

2020 Golden Horse Medallion Odds

Erik The Red10/3
Al Muthana4/1
Tempting Fate4/1
Light That Loose8/1

*Odds taken from 888Sport on 2/7/20*

2020 Golden Horse Medallion Tips

Erik The Red2020 Golden Horse Medallion TipsGET 10/3 HERE
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Over 1200m - six-furlongs to European readers – at Scottsville, the draw often favours horses drawn on either side of the track, with the centre stalls accounting for far fewer winners and placers. The market leaders have all been drawn between 8 and 14, with the exception of Validus down in 2, so I’d be surprised if the winner didn’t come from one of the higher gates.

Tempting Fate and Al Muthana are both unbeaten and come into the Medallion on the back of impressive victories. They have, however, amassed just three starts between them, and it’s hard to read too much into the form of any of their wins.

One who brings solid form and plenty of experience to the table is ERIK THE RED. Having finished fifth on debut back in December, Justin Snaith’s juvenile has racked up four straight victories, beating several rivals he’ll face again on Saturday. 

Richard Fourie’s mount held off Joseph Barry to win a Group Three on his final start before the lockdown, and warmed up for his tilt at the Golden Horse Medallion with a bloodless Listed success over this trip. Erik The Red looks to be the one they all have to beat.

2020 South African Fillies’ Sprint Odds

Run Fox Run5/4
Celtic Sea11/8
True To Life7/1
Pretty Young Thing12/1

*Odds taken from 888Sport on 2/7/20*

2020 South African Fillies’ Sprint Tips

Celtic Sea was a 20/1 shot when she won this race 12 months ago. Sean Tarry’s four-year-old returns to Scottsville on the back of an easy handicap victory under top-weight at Vaal, and looks nicely drawn along with the fancied horses in stall one.

Run Fox Fun has lost just once in seven starts so far during her career, and rivals the defending champion for favouritism. Brett Crawford’s star managed to get the Fabian – who runs in the next – last time out, when giving her male counterpart two kilos at the weights, and Anton Marcus’ mount has to be greatly respected.

Although three-year-olds get a weight-for-age allowance from the elders, it’s only half-a-kilo (2.2llbs), so I doubt it’ll count for that much. That being said, I still think it could be worth taking on the older horses with a three-year-old, and the each-way play here has to be PRETTY YOUNG THING.

After a seventh-place finish in the South African version of the 1000 Guineas in December, Brett Crawford’s filly has notched up two straight wins over shorter trips. Pretty Young Thing followed a lengthy handicap win over seven furlongs with a powerful triumph in Poinsettia Stakes last month, where she looked the winner a long way out and stopped the clock in a very competitive time.

She may be Crawford’s supposed second-string here, but she’s drawn perfectly next to Celtic Sea in stall two and could give each-way backers a real run for their money.

2020 Golden Horse Sprint Odds

Chimichuri Run6/1
Frosted Gold13/2
Eden Rock7/1
Ultra Magnus9/1
Cartel Captain9/1

*Odds taken from 888Sport on 2/7/20*

2020 Golden Horse Sprint Tips

Chimichuri Run2020 Golden Horse Sprint TipsGET 6/1 HERE
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This year’s Golden Horse Sprint handicap looks wide open, with 888Sport going 10/3 the field. Top-weight Kasimir heads the current market, despite going down to Bunker Hall in the seven-furlong Drill Hall Stakes on his previous start.

Eden Roc got the better of Invidia, Cartel Captain, Warrior’s Rest and Ultra Magnus to win a Group Two last time out, and all five sit prominently in the market here. Mike de Kock’s Frosted Gold has also come in for support, despite the facts he hasn’t run over this trip for over 11 months.

Sean Tarry, one of the dominant figures in South African horse racing, comes into this race mob-handed. The best of his five runners is CHIMICHURI RUN, who won the highly-lucrative Group One Tsogo Sun Sprint over course-and-distance last May. After a couple of solid recent runs over 1000m, I fancy he could land a second massive prize here at Scottsville.

Chimichuri Run was backed into joint-favouritism for the Group One Computaform Sprint on the dirt at Turffoentein, and only went down by a length. Tarry’s five-year-old is used to carrying big weights on his back in high profile handicaps, and he certainly looks worthy of a punt on his current price of 6/1.

South African Racing FAQs

What's the biggest race in South Africa?

The Durban July Handicap is the biggest race in South African flat racing.

When's the next big flat meeting in South Africa?

Scottsville stages three prestigious Group One sprints on Saturday 4th July.

When is the 2020 Durban July?

The Durban July has been moved from 4th July to Saturday 25th July in 2020/

Where can I bet on South African racing?

888Sport always have odds available for South African race.

Where can I watch South African racing?

For details on how to stream the racing live via your mobile or tablet, visit our Live Streaming page.



Erik The Red and Chimichuri Run are our big straight-win fancies at Scottsville on Saturday.

We also think Pretty Young Thing will run well at an each-way price.

2020 Golden Horse Medallion Odds: Erik The Red Straight Win @333 at 888sport - 15 Units
2020 South African Fillies’ Sprint Tips: Pretty Young Thing Each-Way @1200 at 888sport - 5 Units
2020 Golden Horse Sprint Tips: Chimichuri Run Straight Win @600 at 888sport - 10 Units

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