VDJ Supplementary Entry

Azzie Supplements Exciting Argentinian Colt

2017 Vodacom Durban July

Supplementary entries for the 2017 Vodacom Durban July closed at 11am on Tuesday, 9 May 2017.

The field has received one additional entry, a 3yo Argentinian colt named Hat Puntano, trained by Michael Azzie.

Hat Puntano (Arg) is a dual G1 winner in Argentina. Bred by Haras La Biznaga, he is by Hat Trick out of the Bernstein mare, Stormy Pursuer.  Trained by Carlos D Etchechoury for his first two starts and  Juan J Etchechoury for his last two runs, Hat Puntano had 4 starts in Argentina, racing in the interests of Las Monjitas.

Robin Bruss of Northfields Bloodstock brokered the purchase and furnished us with some details of the colt’s career to date.  Hat Puntano broke his maiden by 16 lengths on debut, beating a 13 horse field over 7 furlongs on the San Isidro turf on 30 April 2016.  His second start was in the Gran Premio Gran Criterium, a G1 contest for 3yo colts and geldings over a mile, where he exhibited an impressive turn of foot to come from last to win by 2 lengths in a time of 1 min 34.66.   After changing stables to Juan Etchechoury, he ran in the Gran Premio Estrellas, a mile G1 contest on dirt at Palermo on 25 June.  He didn’t act on the surface, and finished 6th.  His final start in Argentina was on 30 July 2016, in the G1 Gran Premio Clasico Dos Mil Guineas (the Argentine 2000 Guineas) on turf in which he disposed of the 8 horse field by 5 lengths.  “His style of racing is very exciting,” said Robin.  “His sire, Hat Trick, is a champion miler by the legendary Sunday Silence.  Hat Trick is a dual G1 winner and broke the track record for a mile when he won the 2005 G1 Kyoto Mile Championship of Japan in a time of 1:32.10.  The record still stands.”  Asked whether there was any significance to the name, Robin explains that Hat Trick shuttles between Gainesway and Argentina and the Argentinians have a naming convention whereby the Hat Trick colts are named ‘Hat-something’ and the fillies are called ‘something-Trick’, “so there are an army of Hats and an army of Tricks,” he laughs.

The coal black colt is in the care of Randjesfontein trainer Michael Azzie, who told the Sporting Post earlier today, “He has a real stallion’s pedigree and the idea is for him to hopefully do well here and then go to stud.”  The colt has not raced since leaving Argentina, but Azzie confirmed that Hat Puntano would be aimed at a Progress Plate on the Highveld on 28 May.  “Obviously as far as the July is concerned, we are chasing the 8 ball as he hasn’t raced since last July.  The handicappers have whacked him a bit, so we’re in a similar position to last year where Abashiri was giving away weight to the rest of the field, so we’ll have to have a serious think.  We may opt for the Gold Challenge and Champions Cup instead and then the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.”  The colt is owned in partnership by Drakenstein Stud and Mr Jaime and Mrs Mariza Vilela.

The 12 scratchings leave a total of 47 horses still in contention and the second declaration stage closes at  11:00 on Monday, 29 May 2017.


  Horse A/S MR Trainer
  CAPTAIN AMERICA (6G) 116 (116) Brett Crawford
  DEO JUVENTE (5G) 115 (115) Geoff Woodruff
  MARINARESCO (4G) 115 (115) Candice Bass-Robinson
  #HAT PUNTANO (3C) 113 Mike Azzie
  FRENCH NAVY (5G) 112 (112) Sean Tarry
  MASTER SABINA (7G) 110 (110) Geoff Woodruff
  BELA-BELA (4F) 109 (109) Justin Snaith
  BRAZUCA (4C) 108 (108) Johan Janse van Vuuren
  KRAMBAMBULI (5G) 107 (107) Justin Snaith
  SARATOGA DANCER (5G) 107 (107) Duncan Howells
  THE CONGLOMERATE (5G) 107 (107) Joey Ramsden
  AL SAHEM (3C) 106 (102) Sean Tarry
  HEAVENLY BLUE (3C) 106 (102) Mike de Kock
  IT’S MY TURN (4G) 106 (106) Justin Snaith
  NIGHTINGALE (4F) 105 (105) Candice Bass-Robinson
  BLACK ARTHUR (4G) 104 (104) Justin Snaith
  WITCHCRAFT (4F) 103 (103) Sean Tarry
  EDICT OF NANTES (3C) 102 ( 98) Brett Crawford
  LIEGE (4G) 102 (102) Sean Tarry
  SILVER MOUNTAIN (4F) 102 (102) Candice Bass-Robinson
  AFRICA RISING (3C) 101 ( 97) Sean Tarry
  MASTER SWITCH (5G) 101 (101) Geoff Woodruff
  PAGODA (3G) 101 ( 97) Geoff Woodruff
  SAFE HARBOUR (3F) 101 ( 97) Sean Tarry
  PRINCE OF WALES (4G) 100 (100) Justin Snaith
  TEN GUN SALUTE (4G) 100 (100) Duncan Howells
  BANNER HILL (4G) 99 ( 99) Glen Kotzen
  ELUSIVE SILVA (4G) 99 ( 99) Justin Snaith
  ORCHID ISLAND (3F) 99 ( 95) Mike de Kock
  SMILING BLUE EYES (3F) 99 ( 95) Sean Tarry
  TROPHY WIFE (5M) 99 ( 99) Sean Tarry
  ZODIAC RULER (3G) 99 ( 95) Justin Snaith
  BI POT (3F) 98 ( 94) Geoff Woodruff
  GIRL ON THE RUN (4F) 98 ( 98) Johan Janse van Vuuren
  HORIZON (3C) 98 ( 94) Candice Bass-Robinson
  COPPER FORCE (3G) 96 ( 92) Justin Snaith
  NEBULA (4G) 95 ( 95) Brett Crawford
  ROYAL BADGE (4G) 95 ( 95) Adam Marcus
  ROCKETBALL (4G) 93 ( 93) Gavin van Zyl
  THE ELMO EFFECT (5G) 92 ( 92) Gary Alexander
  FORT MEYERS (5G) 91 ( 91) Sean Tarry
  MACDUFF (4G) 89 ( 89) Joey Ramsden
  SECRET CAPTAIN (3C) 89 ( 85) Duncan Howells
  TILBURY FORT (3C) 88 ( 84) Sean Tarry
  BOLD VIKING (3G) 87 ( 83) Sean Tarry
  COPPER POT (3C) 87 ( 83) Sean Tarry
  JUBILEE LINE (4G) 86 ( 86) Mike de Kock

Important Vodacom Durban July dates to diarise:

  • Second Declaration Close:  11:00 Monday, 29 May 2017
  • Final Supplementary Entries Close:  11:00 Monday, 12 June 2017
  • Weights Published: Tuesday, 13 June 2017
  • Final Declaration Close:  11:00 Monday, 19 June 2017
  • Final Field and Draw:  Announcement of the Final Field and Barrier Draws will take place on Tuesday, 20 June 2017
  • Public Gallops:  7am at Greyville Racecourse, Thursday, 22 June 2017

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