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Summer – The Heat Is On!

Hawwaam is an interesting entry

A total of 45 entries, including the 2018 winner Tilbury Fort have been received for the R2 million Gr1 Gauteng Summer Cup which will bring the curtain down on the 2019 Highveld Spring Season when the 2000m feature is run at Turffontein on Saturday 30 November.

The inaugural Summer Cup was run in 1887 as the Johannesburg Handicap. The race was won by outsider Haco, a five-year-old trained by Mr Du Plessis and ridden by J Bundy. Second, the 13-8 favourite, finished fourth.

El Picha wins the 1999 Summer Cup

Many famous horses have won down the years and they include Pamphlet (1917), Lenin (1940), Cuff Link (1963), Caradoc (1966) and Home Guard (1970).

One horse who really grabbed the public’s attention was Java, trained by Jack Butler. He pulled off a remarkable Summer Cup hat-trick from 1956 as a four-year-old before going on to claim the honours again the following two years.

Elevation was to repeat those exploits almost 20 years later. Trained by George Azzie, the chestnut landed his first victory in 1972, when the race was run as the Holiday Inns for the first time. He went on to score again in 1973 before completing a fantastic hat-trick under a big weight in 1974.

After Cape challenger King’s Guard’s victory in 1971, the name of the race was changed to accommodate a sponsor. As the years rolled by further changes to the name, conditions and date diminished the event’s glitter and it eventually became the Champion Stakes, run in April.

In 1999 Phumelela reintroduced the Summer Cup to the racing calendar in its traditional format and the event is now firmly established as one of the “Big 4” on the country’s racing calendar.

Trainer Mike de Kock has won the race a record nine times with six of those victories coming since the race’s reintroduction.

Champion Hawwaam (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

One of the interesting 2019 entrants is Mike de Kock’s champion 3yo of last term Hawwaam, who has not been seen since a late withdrawal from the Vodacom Durban July. Being a handicap, it is not known whether De Kock will rather aim him at the Cape summer features like the Sun Met.

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Sean Tarry goes for a hat-trick of Summer Cup successes and has 11 entries.

His colleague Geoff Woodruff was the Summer Cup King, winning it four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016. The Guv has four entries.

GAUTENG SUMMER CUP (Grade 1)
0 Al Mutawakel Sean Tarry 98
0 Ali Bon Dubai Geoff Woodruff 105
0 American Indian Stuart Pettigrew 106
0 Apache Too Mike de Kock 93
0 Approach Control Candice Dawson 108
0 Atyaab (AUS) Mike de Kock 114
0 Barahin Mike de Kock 122
0 Buffalo Bill Cody (IRE) Mike de Kock 125
0 Camphoratus R A Hill/S R Hill 118
0 Cascapedia (IRE) Mike de Kock 117
0 Cash Time Ashley Fortune 106
0 Come The Day Chris Erasmus 83
0 D’ Arrivee Candice Dawson 99
0 Dark Moon Rising Paul Lafferty 115
0 Diamond Dancer Paul Peter 93
0 Divine Odyssey J A Janse van Vuuren 117
0 Doosra J A Janse van Vuuren 112
0 Green Haze Alec Laird 102
0 Hawwaam Mike de Kock 131
0 Horace Ashley Fortune 106
0 Infamous Fox (AUS) Candice Dawson 122
0 Insignis Geoff Woodruff 112
0 Last Of The Legend Sean Tarry 85
0 Like A Panther Mike de Kock 112
0 Lord Silverio Sean Tarry 95
0 Marchingontogether Gavin van Zyl 116
0 Noble Secret Mike de Kock 114
0 Palace Green Sean Tarry 85
0 Roy Had Enough (AUS) Frank Robinson 118
0 Roy’s Riviera (AUS) Frank Robinson 109
0 Russian Beat Sean Tarry 93
0 Seattle Force Stuart Pettigrew 99
0 Seattle Skyline S von Willingh Smit 87
0 Second Request Sean Tarry 107
0 Secret Potion Geoff Woodruff 108
0 Seville Orange Lucky Houdalakis 112
0 Shenanigans Sean Tarry 107
0 Silver God Sean Tarry 93
0 Silver Spectrum Sean Tarry 93
0 Soqrat (AUS) Mike de Kock 131
0 Sunshine Silk Geoff Woodruff 105
0 Thanksgiving Mike de Kock 108
0 Tilbury Fort Sean Tarry 118
0 Wonderous Climber Sean Tarry 93
0 Zillzaal Sean Tarry 114
(45)

Second Entries close : 11h00 Monday 4 November 2019

Weights : Monday 4 November 2019

Final Entries close : 11h00 Monday 18 November 2019

Declarations by : 11h00 Tuesday 19 November 2019

Final Field : Tuesday 19 November 2019

Draws announced : Wednesday 20 November 2019

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2 comments on “Summer – The Heat Is On!

  1. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Note, this one stays a cool 2M

  2. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    Thanksgiving now with Mr. M de Kock

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