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At Scottsville on 22 June

A total of 49 entries were received on Monday for the Gr3 Track and Ball Derby and the Gr3 Track and Ball Oaks to be run at Scottsville on Saturday 22 June 2019.

The  unique ‘open’ R250 000 apiece KZN Derby and Oaks will be run at Scottsville at weight-for-age plus penalties.

Gold Circle made the bold move in 2014 to open these two contests to all ages on weight-for-age terms.

Tickets And Tax wins the 1995 Gr1 KZN Derby

Tickets And Tax wins the 1995 Gr1 KZN Derby

They leant on international precedent offered by similar amendments to the Irish St Leger and the Yorkshire Oaks.

The coastal racing operator’s move, while innovative, was really just a local means to an end and addressed symptoms more than the core problems of the broader staying race picture.

It was based on the rationale that the chief focus of 3yo’s during the SA Champions Season is the Guineas, the Daily News 2000, the Woolavington Stakes and the Vodacom Durban July.

Further justification for the move was seen in the fact that there are no weight-for-age races in South Africa over the distance and it was hoped that the overall programme for stayers would actually benefit from the change. Five years on, it was clearly just a drop in the ocean.

The recent R250 000 Gr3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup, won by the out-of-sorts former Summer Cup winner Liege racing off a rating of 95, was the first of the SA Champion Season staying features.

Lonsdale winner Liege (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

The champions season staying division is rounded off by the R500 000 Gr3 Gold Vase run over 3000m on July Day and the R1,25 million Gr3 Gold Cup on Super Saturday. That’s it.

South Africa’s highest ranked staying race is the R400 000 Gr2 Reserve Stayers, run over 2800m on Met Day, and won earlier this year by Snaith’s Magnificent Seven.

Our richest race over a trip is the 2450m R2 million Gr1 SA Derby, restricted to 3yo’s, and which was won by longshot Samurai Warrior, who was the only horse to have actually run over ground in the field. He earned a rating of 105, but sadly died weeks later.

R250 000 TRACK AND BALL DERBY (Grade 3)
9 Ancestry Joey Ramsden 81
3 Ballad Of The Sea (AUS) Candice Bass-Robinson 79
23 Banjo On My Knee Dean Kannemeyer 72
22 Cedar Man Greg Ennion 92
7 Charles Brett Crawford 104
18 Dawn Assault St John Gray 106
20 Elusive Silva Justin Snaith 103
15 Gimme One Night Brett Crawford 92
6 Insignis Geoff Woodruff 102
11 Liege Sean Tarry 100
12 Major Return M G Azzie/A A Azzie 80
2 Mangrove Yvette Bremner 92
25 Mr Winsome Dean Kannemeyer 84
17 Pacific Chestnut Candice Bass-Robinson 91
8 Paths Of Victory Gareth van Zyl 89
13 Roy Had Enough (AUS) Frank Robinson 108
4 Seattle Force Stuart Pettigrew 89
1 Secret Potion Geoff Woodruff 102
24 Silva’s Bullet Dean Kannemeyer 91
21 Silver Rose Andre Nel 97
19 Strathdon Justin Snaith 101
16 The Sultans Bazaar Dean Kannemeyer 90
10 Top Classman Paul Lafferty 84
5 Walter Smoothie Stuart Pettigrew 95
14 White Lightning Paul Lafferty 80

Progressive stayer Sunshine Silk (Pic – JC Photos)

R250 000 TRACK AND BALL OAKS (Grade 3)
4 Blossom Mike de Kock 104
15 Bondiblu Weiho Marwing 82
10 Chariot Of Gold Sean Tarry 82
5 Dynasty’s Blossom Joey Ramsden 93
16 Expedite Glen Kotzen 86
12 Factor Fifty Louis Goosen 86
1 Flichity By Farr Alyson Wright 93
7 Fresnaye Joey Ramsden 104
20 Gottalottaluv Stuart Pettigrew 81
17 Insignis Geoff Woodruff 102
13 Just One More Jeff Freedman 67
22 Miyabi Gold Justin Snaith 105
21 Orient Express Dean Kannemeyer 63
14 Parisienne Chic St John Gray 78
18 Princess Irene Brett Crawford 95
2 Pumpkin Queen Dean Kannemeyer 79
6 Roy’s Riviera (AUS) Frank Robinson 97
8 Sabina’s Dynasty Brett Crawford 105
23 Secret Potion Geoff Woodruff 102
19 Seville Orange Lucky Houdalakis 102
3 Sister Soozie Andre Nel 71
9 Snapscan Glen Kotzen 89
24 Sunshine Silk Geoff Woodruff 95
11 Woodstock Fairy Candice Bass-Robinson 70

Supplementary entries by 11h00 on Friday 14 June 2019.

Declarations on Monday 17 June 2019.

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6 comments on “Entries – ‘Open’ Oaks And Derby

  1. bwanachris says:

    Traditionally, the term “derby” or “oaks” is used strictly to refer to races restricted to three-year-olds, as the English and U.S. Triple Crown races all are as well as the Cape and SA Derby.

    Rather call the race something else as it is anything but the calibre of this name

  2. jc lee ching says:

    Could not agree with you more, this is a dismal joke. I would really like to see Andrew Bon at the hallowed Epsom Race Course explaining this “open Oaks” and “open Derby” to the English on TV? and wouls love to see their reaction?

  3. Rian says:

    Yes its Bull***, so any horse can now win as 3 and come back as 4 yrs and they win 2 derbies ,and Oaks

  4. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Please don’t change the names of these 2 races!

    All our (offensive) street names were changed –
    Example Longmarket St is now “Langalibalele St ”

    Isn’t it a nice change to see plenty runners in races with reserves. Not too long ago we almost didn’t have enough entries for the Qplt.

    We love ‘raiders’, even PE horses welcome.

    On that note, where is National Park?
    Oh yes and Buffalo Bill Cody, Mr Ed ?

  5. Hedley says:

    Hi Cecil ????National Park having a Good Break After Jhb and Durban Raids ????????

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Good Morning Hedley. Thank You, wonderful horse you have here, me thinks he will be a top 4 yr old. Regards and Good Luck????

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