Vlad Putin has a lot to answer for. His antics have attracted all the media attention and bettors can’t find a shred of information about the next race meeting in Ukraine. There are apparently three race tracks or hippodromes in Ukraine – in Kiev, Odessa and Lviv. But can we find tips online? nope!
The truth is, these locations are rudimentary and dilapidated by Western standards — far from their heyday as glamorous destinations in the days of the Soviet Union and, earlier, the Tsars. The Kiev Hippodrome was once described as the “jewel in the crown” of Soviet racing, which was mainly of the harness or “trotting”.
The collapse of the communist empire caused racing – like much else in Ukraine – to be severely reduced. It never recovered, with a few die-hards barely keeping things going. Which could be a godsend, perv, since you can’t imagine an invasion of Russians – who have attacked kindergartens – would worry too much about scaring the horses.
Given the situation in Ukraine this week, the About To Storm name could be a sign for gamblers at the Turffontein Inside track meeting on Thursday.
The gelding will be saddled by Johan Janse van Vuuren for Race 6 on the card, an MR80 Handicap over 2000m, and is well imagined to take home the top prize.
It could indeed be the start of a winning streak for Janse van Vuuren, as he also has big chances in the next two races: Big Eyed Girl in seventh and Insatiable in eighth.
The Turfies-based trainer has significant help in his bid for this treble – the services of Keagan de Melo, who is in glowing form.
Wondering if Ukrainian bettors can get an All To Come bet on the JJvV trio? Udachi tobi!
1: Free Wylie, 1 Alabaster, 10 Twice A Miracle, 3 Al Borani
2: 9 gilded butterfly, 3 azucar, 2 in the ether, 4 oceans pride
3:8 Greek Miss, 7 Humdinger, 12 Dance Class, 3 Let There Be Light
4:1 Escape Artist, 8 Wrap Speckle, 3 Devilish Dancer, 6 Anatura
5: 5 Duke Of Sussex, 2 Supreme Dance, 1 Back To Black, 3 Flying Bull
6:5 is about to storm, 1 Earl, 8 Secret Is Ours, 3 Blue Moon City
7: 3 Big Eyed Girl, 7 Rozara, 4 Recovery, 1 Sweet Sensation
8: 1 Insatiable, 2 Abalus, 7 Vuitton, 3 Feather The Nest
Choose 6: 1,2,3,7,8,12 x 1,3,8 x 1,2,3,4,5 x 1,5.8 x 3.7 x 1,2,3,7 (R2160)
FATHER: 2.3.9 x 7.8 x 1.8 x 1.2.5 x 1.5 x 3 x 1.2 (R144)