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.
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.
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.
|3||Ballad Of The Sea (AUS)||Candice Bass-Robinson||79|
|23||Banjo On My Knee||Dean Kannemeyer||72|
|22||Cedar Man||Greg Ennion||92|
|18||Dawn Assault||St John Gray||106|
|20||Elusive Silva||Justin Snaith||103|
|15||Gimme One Night||Brett Crawford||92|
|12||Major Return||M G Azzie/A A Azzie||80|
|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|
|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|
|4||Blossom||Mike de Kock||104|
|10||Chariot Of Gold||Sean Tarry||82|
|5||Dynasty’s Blossom||Joey Ramsden||93|
|12||Factor Fifty||Louis Goosen||86|
|1||Flichity By Farr||Alyson Wright||93|
|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|
|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.