A total of 58 horses have been entered for the R750,000 World Sports Betting Grand Heritage (Non-Black Type) – the event with the biggest field in South African racing – to be run over 1475m at the Vaal on Saturday 29 September.
Tabnews reports that there will be a maximum field size of 28 starters.
Former national champion trainer Sean Tarry has no fewer than eight nominations, including Africa Rising, Count Tassilo and London Secret.
Mike de Kock has entered just two, but they are quality individuals: Triple Crown performer Noble Secret and highly rated Australian import Dhabyaan.
Winner of the inaugural Grand Heritage in 2016, Irish Pride, from the Johan Janse van Vuuren stable, is among the hopefuls.
Others to catch the eye are veteran campaigner Killua Castle, from Geoff Woodruff’s yard, and a raider from KwaZulu-Natal in the shape of Shane Humby-trained Socrates.
The Grand Heritage is open to all horses and the final field is by way of invitation from racing operator Phumelela.
To be considered for inclusion in the final field, every horse nominated must have had at least a minimum of one run from the time of first entry up to and including the time of the final supplementary entry.
Base weights are determined by the handicapper prior to consideration of additional weights for Graded and Listed races. Additional penalties for highest Graded/Listed win in the last 18 months are: Grade 1 3kg, Grade 2 2kg, Grade 3 1kg, Listed 0.5kg.
Thereafter, where applicable, amended weights for runs between first and final supplementary entries will be published on a weekly basis until final weights are published. There is no sex allowance and no apprentice allowance.
Stakes are payable up to 15th position, provided 28 runners + 2 reserve runners are declared, with the first prize being R406,250.
Entries for the R750,000 WSB Grand Heritage (Non-Black Type) (Open) over 1475m at the Vaal on Saturday 29 September:
THE GRAND HERITAGE (Non-Black Type)
|18||Africa Rising||Sean Tarry||103|
|37||African Ruler||Paul Peter||91|
|13||Bold Coast||Stanley Ferreira||78|
|20||Bronx Bomber||Alec Laird||71|
|16||Certifiable||St John Gray||70|
|25||Chapel Jive||St John Gray||72|
|53||Clever Guy||Stephen Moffatt||95|
|52||Combat Muster||St John Gray||74|
|41||Count Tassilo||Sean Tarry||83|
|47||Dan The Lad||Paul Matchett||76|
|56||Dhabyaan (AUS)||Mike de Kock||70|
|44||Divine Connection||Alec Laird||73|
|10||Divine Odyssey||J A Janse van Vuuren||91|
|35||Flying Winger||Alec Laird||81|
|32||Full Of Attitude||Joe Soma||78|
|2||Galactic Warrior||Lucky Houdalakis||75|
|46||Huyssteen (AUS)||Lucky Houdalakis||83|
|3||Image Award||Sean Tarry||85|
|23||Irish Pride||J A Janse van Vuuren||94|
|8||Jubilee Line||Fabian Habib||85|
|7||Just Ask Me||Corrie Lensley||93|
|42||Killua Castle (AUS)||Geoff Woodruff||85|
|24||Kings Archer||Stuart Pettigrew||99|
|12||Lake Kinneret||St John Gray||83|
|21||London Secret||Sean Tarry||84|
|50||Mardi Gras||J A Janse van Vuuren||90|
|26||Mount Keith (ZIM)||Ashley Fortune||76|
|19||Noble Secret||Mike de Kock||106|
|29||Purple Diamond||Sean Tarry||90|
|34||Rings And Things||Ashley Fortune||89|
|4||Rouge Allure||Stephen Moffatt||96|
|27||Sail For Joy||Fabian Habib||87|
|28||Seventh Of June (AUS)||Paul Peter||73|
|17||Silver Coin||Gokhan Terzi||82|
|38||Silver Peg||Gary Alexander||78|
|58||Soldier On||Stuart Pettigrew||88|
|22||Sovereign Reign||David Nieuwenhuizen||66|
|14||Strawberry Pavlova||St John Gray||86|
|45||Street Flyer (AUS)||Paul Matchett||71|
|55||Talktothestars||Coenie de Beer||103|
|9||Tandava (ZIM)||Gokhan Terzi||101|
|54||Top Shot||Gary Alexander||92|
|40||Torio Lake||J A Janse van Vuuren||68|
|5||Tsitsikamma Dance||Ashley Fortune||84|
|48||Wild Curve||Fabian Habib||86|
|51||William Nicol||St John Gray||76|