Punters who believe in coincidences will be putting their money on The Tin Man in Thursday’s fifth race at the Vaal. Last Saturday at Haydock Park in the UK, a horse named The Tin Man won a grade1 sprint at the Lancashire track, with trainer James Fanshawe’s speedster scoring in great style under jockey Oisin Murphy. Connections of the SA version of The Tin Man will be racing for a much more paltry purse, but trainer David Nieuwenhuizen will just be happy to see his four-year-old back in the winning groove. Amazingly, considering he finished third on his penultimate start, The Tin Man is quoted at 15-1 in early betting. World Sports Betting have Quattro, one of four runners from Grant Maroun’s stable, as the 4-1 favourite, followed by stablemate Singaswewin at 9-2 and Steve Moffatt’s Kick Butt at 11-2. Ryan Munger, who won the last race at Durbanville on Tuesday, partners Quattro, who has been a good earner for the stable. The six-year-old has been placed in his last three outings. ...

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