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Cape Summer Set For A Scorching Start

Matchem & Diana weights published

The Matchem Stakes-Diana Stakes double feature, run for 20% less stakes than last season, is set to get the Cape Summer Of Champions Season off to a flying start at Durbanville on 5 October.

Top-class African Warrior could line up in the Matchem (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

Weights were published on Friday for the early summer Gr3 contests run at weight-for-age plus penalties.

The Matchem is in its 61st year and much like the Drill Hall Stakes run on the eve of the SA Champions Season, it can be an awkward pipe-opener for a couple of the big guns.

It was won last year by Rainbow Bridge, and we all know that the big son of Ideal World went on to win the Sun Met and the Champions Cup – as well as chasing Do It Again home in the Vodacom Durban July.

The Jockeys Charity Chase is on the same afternoon – and we hear plenty of additional side-shows to be announced soon.

Supplementary entries are due by 11h0 on Friday 27 September, with declarations closing by 11h00 on Monday 30 September.

Here are the weights:

R200 000 1400m
Open at Weight For Age + Penalties
WFA: 3yrs-7kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
2 Undercover Agent (5H) 60 130 A Brett Crawford
3 Head Honcho (6G) 59 129 AT Andre Nel
15 One World (4C) 58.5 127 A Vaughan Marshall
5 Twist Of Fate (4C) 58.5 127 BA Joey Ramsden
17 Tap O’ Noth (5G) 57 120 BA Vaughan Marshall
18 Search Party (7G) 57 115 A Brett Crawford
10 New Caledonia (7G) 57 109 A Geoff Woodruff
4 Star Chestnut Accepted (7G) 57 109 A Justin Snaith
1 Bishop’s Bounty Accepted (6G) 57 107 A Justin Snaith
20 Fifty Cents (7G) 57 105 A Justin Snaith
12 Ready Steady Go (5G) 57 105 A HWJ Crawford/M Rix
8 Silva’s Bullet (5G) 57 101 A Dean Kannemeyer
13 Photocopy (5G) 57 95 A Paul Reeves
22 Meraki (AUS) (5G) 57 94 BA Candice Bass-Robinson
16 Orakal (5G) 57 93 BAT Michael Robinson
9 Pleasedtomeetyou (4G) 56.5 112 A Andre Nel
14 Charles (4G) 56.5 111 A Brett Crawford
19 Sacred Arrow (4G) 56.5 110 A Candice Bass-Robinson
21 Herodotus (4G) 56.5 109 BA M Glen Kotzen
11 The Sultans Bazaar (4G) 56.5 100 A Dean Kannemeyer
6 Sugar Girl (5M) 54.5 108 A Dean Kannemeyer
23 African Warrior (3G) 52 112 A Dean Kannemeyer
7 #Seventh Gear (3C) 50 94 A Dean Kannemeyer

Front And Centre – top rated Diana Stakes entry (Pic -Chase Liebenberg)

R200 000 1400m
Fillies and Mares at Weight For Age + Penalties
WFA: 3yrs-7kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 Front And Centre (4F) 59.5 122 A Brett Crawford
16 Santa Clara (4F) 58.5 122 A Candice Bass-Robinson
6 Freedom Charter (5M) 58 114 A Candice Bass-Robinson
17 Nastergal (4F) 57.5 103 A Candice Bass-Robinson
10 Dynamic Diana Accepted (5M) 57 110 A Justin Snaith
12 Sugar Girl (5M) 57 108 A Dean Kannemeyer
13 Talitha Borealis (5M) 57 102 A Justin Snaith
2 Libra Accepted (5M) 57 99 A Justin Snaith
15 Intothelimelight (AUS) (5M) 57 96 BA Candice Bass-Robinson
3 Helen’s Ideal (4F) 56.5 109 BAT Paul Reeves
5 Star Fighter (4F) 56.5 105 A Candice Bass-Robinson
4 Shamrock Wind (4F) 56.5 101 A Brett Crawford
8 Lesedi La Rona (4F) 56.5 100 BAT Candice Bass-Robinson
14 Madonna (4F) 56.5 99 A Justin Snaith
7 March Music (4F) 56.5 97 BAT Yvette Bremner
11 Secret Depths (4F) 56.5 89 A Michael Robinson
9 Sleeping Single (GB) (4F) 55.5 94 A Justin Snaith

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11 comments on “Cape Summer Set For A Scorching Start

  1. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    Snuck in a little stakes reduction here. How may G3 races have stakes if R200k

    1. Editor says:

      Spot on Rod
      Last year it was R250k

    2. Editor says:

      We have asked Mr Patrick Davis for a comment – nothing made public

  2. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Undercover Agent ? Thought this one was off to Stud.

    1. Editor says:

      Change of plan, Cecil

  3. Brad says:

    Can someone explain to me how in Durbanville on 27 August only 2/8 races have times. Did those competent people fall asleep. Will there be disciplinary action ?
    As punters times matter
    Can someone senior please respond to this ?????

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Brad
      Good question
      We will send your query on

  4. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    I notice from the programme published so far that most of the stakes for feature races have been reduced.

    1. Editor says:

      Yes, Rod – press release being prepared

  5. Chris Swart says:

    Can Patrick perhaps explain how in line with inflation the stakes for black type races are being reduced and why in ten years have the Eastern Cape features not kept in line either ?

  6. B Steele says:

    What’s the problem Rod you race for honour and glory.What is a few rand to mmm

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