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Season Ends On A High

4 Gr1's and Gold Cup - final fields

Super Saturday or Gold Cup Day. Call it what you choose but Saturday 27 July promises plenty with Hollywoodbets Greyville the stage for a season finale of serious proportions.

South Africa’s premier test of staying prowess, the Gr3 Gold Cup and four Gr1 features were declared earlier today, and the quality of the fields are testimony to what has been one of the best SA Champions Seasons in recent memory.

Gr1 Cape Guineas winner Soqrat will be ridden by Anton Marcus (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Horses at Weight-For-Age
WFA: 2yrs-10.5kgs 3yrs-1.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 5 Rainbow Bridge 60 124 A R Fourie Eric Sands
2 6 Undercover Agent 60 120 A C Orffer Brett Crawford
3 3 Buffalo Bill Cody (IRE) 60 114 A G Lerena Mike de Kock
4 4 Infamous Fox (AUS) 60 112 A M Byleveld Candice Dawson
5 2 Matador Man 60 112 BA …………… Sean Tarry
6 7 Eyes Wide Open 60 109 A W Kennedy Glen Kotzen
7 8 Kampala Campari 60 109 A B Fayd’Herbe Andre Nel
8 1 Cirillo 58.5 121 A …………… Sean Tarry
9 9 Soqrat (AUS) 58.5 121 A A Marcus Mike de Kock
10 10 Twist Of Fate 58.5 117 BA N Juglall Joey Ramsden
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(3,9) (5,8)

While the lightly campaigned back-to-back Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again will not run again this season, his July star jockey Richard Fourie has been engaged to ride Sun Met winner Rainbow Bridge in the R1 million Gr1 Champions Cup.

The Champions Cup also hails the Gr1 debut of highly vaunted Irish-bred 4yo Buffalo Bill Cody who will be ridden by Gavin Lerena – who was aboard July runner-up Rainbow Bridge.

Richard Fourie rode Rainbow Bridge at his first three winning starts – which included the Winter Guineas and Winter Classic. There will be some irony in the full circle move to engage Fourie, as he came under fire for his ride on Do It Again when the Snaith star was beaten by Rainbow Bridge in the Sun Met. But Fourie turned the tables when Do It Again beat the Sands gelding in the July.

The top 3yo’s Soqrat (Anton Marcus) and July third-placer Twist Of Fate (Nooresh Juglall) make up a cracking line-up.

See the Hollywood betting here

eLAN GOLD CUP (Grade 3)
WFA: 3yrs-3.5kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 10 Roy Had Enough (AUS) 60 108 A P Strydom Frank Robinson
2 16 Dawn Assault 59.5 106 TBA G Lerena St John Gray
3 18 Made To Conquer 59.5 106 A B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
4 8 Dark Moon Rising 59.5 105 A K de Melo Paul Lafferty
5 5 Doublemint 58.5 104 A A Marcus Justin Snaith
6 6 Strathdon 58 101 A R Fourie Justin Snaith
7 15 Secret Potion 57.5 101 A M Byleveld Geoff Woodruff
8 14 Liege 57.5 100 T A …………… Sean Tarry
9 7 Shenanigans 56.5 97 T A …………… Sean Tarry
10 17 Sunshine Silk 55.5 95 A M V’Rensburg Geoff Woodruff
11 3 Gimme One Night 55.5 93 A C Orffer Brett Crawford
12 2 Dynasty’s Blossom 55 93 T A N Juglall Joey Ramsden
13 13 Flichity By Farr 55 93 A M Yeni Alyson Wright
14 1 Ali Bon Dubai 55 92 T A M Khan Geoff Woodruff
15 11 Wealthy 54 89 TBA S Veale Dennis Drier
16 9 Onesie 52 81 BA G Cheyne Jacques Strydom
17 19 Bondiblu 53.5 88 A Reserve 1 Weiho Marwing
18 4 Pacific Chestnut 54 90 BA Reserve 2 Candice Bass-Robinson
19 12 Just Cruised In 54.5 90 XA Reserve 3 Gavin van Zyl
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(3,5,6) (7,10,14) (8,9)

Roy Had Enough – Striker rides (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

The Gold Cup sees a typically mixed bunch with recent Track & Ball Derby winner Roy Had Enough the highest rated (108) of the sixteen runners.

Horses at Weight-For-Age
WFA: 2yrs-7.5kgs 3yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 9 Kasimir 60 117 A R Fourie Justin Snaith
2 12 Bold Respect 60 112 T A C Orffer Brett Crawford
3 1 Will Pays 60 111 A B Fayd’Herbe M G Azzie/A A Azzie
4 11 Africa Rising 60 107 A …………… Sean Tarry
5 15 Search Party 60 105 A D Dillon Brett Crawford
6 17 Chimichuri Run 59.5 115 T A …………… Sean Tarry
7 2 Alyaasaat (AUS) 59.5 111 A G Lerena Mike de Kock
8 8 Van Halen 59.5 110 A C Zackey Tobie Spies
9 10 Palace Chapel 59.5 107 T A W Kennedy Paul Peter
10 16 Snowdance 57.5 112 A A Marcus Justin Snaith
11 3 Vision To Kill 57.5 105 T A S Randolph Paul Gadsby
12 7 La Bella Mia 57.5 99 A M V’Rensburg Weiho Marwing
13 6 Celtic Sea 57 115 BA …………… Sean Tarry
14 4 Frosted Gold (NZ) 52.5 0 A …………… Mike de Kock
15 13 Prince Of Kahal 60 103 A Reserve 1 Roy Magner
16 5 Sir Frenchie (AUS) 60 107 A Reserve 2 Yvette Bremner
17 14 Sand And Sea 60 102 AM Reserve 3 Dennis Drier
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,10) (2,5) (4,6,13) (7,14)

The Gr1 Mercury Sprint, Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes and Gr1 Thekwini Stakes make up the balance of today’s declarations.

Eden Roc – nicely drawn (Pic- Candiese Marnewick)

For 2 year-olds
No Apprentice Allowance
1 6 Double Alliance 60 0 A N Juglall Joey Ramsden
2 2 Eden Roc 60 0 T A …………… Sean Tarry
3 13 Enjoy The View 60 0 A *L J Ferraris Michael Roberts
4 9 Fools Gold 60 0 A G Wright R A Hill/S R Hill
5 16 Got The Greenlight 60 0 A …………… Joe Soma
6 7 Kaydens Pride 60 0 A M Yeni Nathan Kotzen
7 8 Liberty Hall 60 0 A K de Melo Dean Kannemeyer
8 5 Loosen Your Tie 60 0 A C Orffer Tobie Spies
9 10 Master Of Illusion 60 0 BA B Fayd’Herbe Dennis Drier
10 14 Promiseofamaster 60 0 A R Danielson Candice Dawson
11 15 Putontheredlight 60 0 A …………… Sean Tarry
12 11 Rock The Globe 60 0 T A …………… Sean Tarry
13 12 Special Blend 60 0 A S Randolph Duncan Howells
14 17 Wave 60 0 A W Kennedy Gavin van Zyl
15 3 Into The Future 60 0 A Reserve 1 R A Hill/S R Hill
16 4 Padre Pio 60 0 A Reserve 2 Dennis Bosch
17 1 Snow Palace 57.5 0 A Reserve 3 Tobie Spies
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(2,11,12) (4,15) (8,17)
For 2 year-old Fillies
No Apprentice Allowance
1 17 Ardenne 60 0 A S Randolph Michael Miller
2 7 Castellano 60 0 A G Lerena Glen Kotzen
3 14 Cockney Pride 60 0 A C Zackey Tobie Spies
4 2 Gabor 60 0 A W Kennedy Gavin van Zyl
5 4 Gallic Princess 60 0 A D Dillon Tobie Spies
6 3 Jack’s Bird 60 0 A *A Arries Michael Roberts
7 8 Kayla’s Champ 60 0 A R Munger Paul Matchett
8 5 Keep Smiling 60 0 T A …………… Sean Tarry
9 10 Mill Queen 60 0 A R Fourie David Nieuwenhuizen
10 15 Snow Palace 60 0 A M Yeni Tobie Spies
11 6 Swept Off My Feet 60 0 A R Danielson Paul Peter
12 1 True To Life 60 0 A A Marcus J A Janse van Vuuren
13 9 Victoria Paige 60 0 A …………… Sean Tarry
14 13 What You Are 60 0 A C Orffer Tobie Spies
15 16 Dancing Feather 60 0 A Reserve 1 Gavin van Zyl
16 11 Heart Stwings 60 0 A Reserve 2 Paul Peter
17 12 Rainbow Unicorn 60 0 A Reserve 3 Kumaran Naidoo
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(3,5,10,14) (4,15) (8,13) (11,16)

The balance of the card declares on Monday at 11h00

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4 comments on “Season Ends On A High

  1. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Cameron James, Hello, you still out there ?

    Time for you to comment and narrow down these fields, please.

    We, The SP / William Milkovitch gang want to win this P6, or atleast some of it, estimate 8M pool.

  2. Cameron James says:

    Good morning Cecil, sorry for the late reply.

    The card for the P6 races SEEMS very decent and quite catchable.

    Just my thoughts on some of the races, hope it helps the Peoples Perm in any way:

    Champions Cup:

    Look at the weights Rainbow Bridge should not lose. On the exposed form he is certainly the best horse in the race. Greyville is a very odd track in the sense that when the outside going is better he may be run down as he has a tendency to run to the inside at Greyville. If the false rail is set up like on July day then the People Perm should banker this horse as no horse in this race has the finishing burst of Do It Again.

    The only danger I can see here is Soqrat, but now only gets 1.5kg and is the current 3 year old crop as strong as the 4 year old crop?

    The 1st six finishers in the July, all but one were 4 year olds.

    Even in the July consolation race, a highly touted 3 year old Zilzaal, ran behind older horses.

    If there was to be an upset which I doubt there will be I’d include Infamous Fox, purely because he loves Greyville and his performance on July day was awesome with that weight. Feel he has been prepped for this race and has not had any hard races like the rest of the field this season.

    Tekweni Stakes:

    Will nail my colors to the.mast here, I’m in the corner of Cockney Pride with danger being Gabor. Box Exacta and I’m almost certain we can stand in that que to collect. 😁

    The only newcomer in this picture is Mill Queen (whose a very decent horse) , the rest are all beaten on that run on July day. Generally in this 2 year old fillies races I normally play the field in P6s but this year will be the exception. Again I say watch the replay, Cockney Pride had a soft ride if I could say that and still won.

    Premier Champions Stakes:

    Eden Roc. I don’t want to hear about defeat. Banker in all bets. I tipped this horse to win this race 1 month ago. Will love the mile. He’s beaten most of this bunch and will be crowned champion 2 year old. Stallion Prospect? Undefeated at 2, Two Group 1 races on his CV at 2.

    Mercury Sprint:

    We bereft of an out and out champion sprinter in SA currently but there could be an emerging star in this field, Celtic Sea. She has an amazing turn of foot and surprised me on July day when doing it over the mile. She is yet to taste defeat at Greyville and could be the one to beat. This short straight suits her dynamic burst of speed. Her win at Scottsville was topclass when carrying 58.5kg.

    With her being a valuable broodmare prospect why risk the filly after she has already won 2 Group 1 races this season, Mr Tarry knows he has a horse here that could actually win and seal the champion 3 year old filly as well as other awards. So I make her the horse to beat.

    Gold Cup:

    With this race in the past its been hit and miss and this year seems no different but here goes,

    Brett Crawford has had a quite season to date by his standards, however with Gimme One Night has a good chance to end the season off on a high. I thought about why he ran this horse in the 2200m race and not the 3000m race on July day, it was a prep run for the gold cup and yet ran on so well over.a trip short of his best. Remember he has beaten the likes of Strathdon and Walter Smoothie in the Cape Season and has been prepared specifically for this race. He is weighted quite nicely as well. So I think he has a massive chance.

    The dangers:

    Roy Had Enough

    So Cecil, I hope I’ve been able to assist in any way and good luck.


  3. FJC says:

    Cameron James, interesting your take on the 3rd old crop. It’s my opinion that the milers are ok but not the distance horses. If you look at the 2019 Cape Derby form, none of the top 5 qualified for the July. Question…is the 2019 Cape Derby form the worst ever or just in recent times?

  4. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hello Cameron

    Thank You, we plan to catch this P6.

    I agree 100% with Eden Roc, Cockney Pride (bad draw 😐), will add Marcus. Rainbow Bridge is due, even Mr Snaith said he is a Top Top horse, will add the 2 MdK horses

    Race 4 is a Real tester….African Warrior,,, bad draw

    My Gold Cup outsider is Ali Bon Dubai, the less fancied Woodruff horse…I will add Dynasty Blossom, Sunshine Silk and Gimme One Night for QT

    Mercury Sprint, my TF is Palace Chapel, Celtic Sea and Frosted Gold, 2 yr old?

    Go Well Cameron, catch up later in the week in case of scratchings or big betting moves

    If you can narrow down Race 4, will be a bonus. Do value your input


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