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Million For A Maiden

One runner per trainer

There will be 20 maidens lining up for the R1-million Monaco Maiden Sprint over 1160m at Turffontein on Saturday 16 November.

What is interesting is that no trainer is allowed to have more than one runner in the race – the same rule applying to the three reserve runners. In that way it gives smaller stables the chance to get a runner into the richest maiden race in the country.

The race was first run in 2012 and was sponsored by HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco with the whole concept of giving the underdogs an equal footing against the big trainers.

“Since then, the race has been funded by trainers and owners through the nomination fee, as well as sponsors organised by Larry Wainstein (CEO of the Racing Association) and myself,” said Mike Wittstock, father of Princess Charlene, at Wednesday’s draw.

There were 64 entries for the race and 62 of them were still in at the declaration stage. However, once a trainer had a horse in the race, he or she was not allowed a second runner.

The first 20 names drawn got into the field directly with the final three being the reserve runners in the order they were drawn.

 R1 000 000 1160m 
1st R500000, 2nd R175000, 3rd R100000, 4th R75000, 5th R50000, 6th R30000, 7th R25000, 8th R20000, 9th R15000, 10th R10000
For all Maidens
1 23 Battleoftrafalgar 59 98 A C Murray Mike de Kock
2 2 Doublethink 59 87 BA *D Schwarz Paul Matchett
3 1 Golden Duke 59 76 A W Kennedy Paul Peter
4 18 Eppagilia 59 74 A R Munger Craig Mayhew
5 16 Latest Craze 59 74 TBA *D R Lerena Stephen Lerena
6 11 Ramkat 59 49 A C Zackey Corne Spies
7 19 Captain Hindsight 59 0 BA M Yeni Ashley Fortune
8 14 Elementary 59 0 A W Agrella Louis Goosen
9 3 James Peter 59 0 A *L J Ferraris Gavin van Zyl
10 9 Pluviophile 59 0 A *P Mxoli -4.0 Candice Dawson
11 22 Sunset Gun 59 0 A S Brown Alistair Gordon
12 4 Tusker 59 0 AM S Khumalo Alec Laird
13 10 Aalsmeer 56.5 73 BA M V’Rensburg Geoff Woodruff
14 13 Duchess Of Windsor 56.5 0 A G Lerena J A Janse van Vuuren
15 15 Franklin 56.5 0 a P Strydom Grant Maroun
16 7 Golden Wand 56.5 0 T A C Maujean Stephen Moffatt
17 17 Hot Gossip 56.5 0 A …………… David Nieuwenhuizen
18 8 Marmalade 56.5 0 A S Moodley Lezeanne Forbes
19 21 May Queen 56.5 0 A C Storey Heather E Adamson
20 12 Saving Grace 56.5 0 A M Khan Roy Magner
21 6 Paw Patrol 59 0 A Reserve 1 M G Azzie/A A Azzie
22 5 Ever Fair 57.5 65 TCA Reserve 2 Joe Soma
23 20 City Dancer 59 0 T A Reserve 3 Fabian Habib

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32 comments on “Million For A Maiden

  1. Clinton says:

    Good to see James Peter in the race .
    James Peter opened up short in the first race Greyville today . Why would Mr Van Zyl want to win a maiden at Greyville when he has a chance at winning a million rands.l think it’s unfair to punters to do their money on the favourite.
    If that was the case the honest thing to do was to scract the horse .
    Ed l would like to hear what Mr Van Zyl has to say

    1. Editor says:

      Clinton, not sure where the stable erred here.

      James Peter ran at Greyville at 12h50.
      There were 20 places in the Million Maiden and 62 hopefuls.
      We are not sure what time exactly the final field was drawn in Joburg but we received the press release around 14h30.
      So did Mr van Zyl even know James Peter was a runner when he saddled him at Greyville?

  2. gavin says:

    got beat easily…prep run .. punters got screwed again


    Yes, maybe The Racing Association can get that company that manufactures petroleum jelly to put up a few million rands for a race benefiting the Punter ?

    1. karel says:

      You mean punters at last will have the benefit of Vaseline?

  4. Sharon Patterson says:

    Is there any reason why it was not a public draw for the Princess Charlene race?

    1. Editor says:

      Will put the question to Clyde / Patrick, Sharon

      It was probably supervised by the NHRA – but Mr Wittstock was there by sounds of press release

    2. Editor says:

      Hi Sharon, Clyde Basel called to confirm that last year the Million Maiden was part of the Charity Mile card and the draw was thus done then under the same umbrella.

      This year, as you are aware, it is run on the Jockey International Day and there is no linked feature.

      So the field draw was done by Mike Wittstock, together with Phumelela and the Racing Association, under the supervision of the NHRA and filmed for broadcast on the Tellytrack loop – possibly from this evening already.
      Hope that explains it and thanks to Clyde for explaining the circumstances.

  5. Stephen Carter says:

    Punting, self-flagellation, vaseline…a kinky cocktail. Punters are the last to receive material information but we torture ourselves nonetheless.


    Karel, my granny said vaseline is effective, beneficial and soothing for all ages, cultures and breeds.

    So you spot on

  7. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…It feels strange to see Sean Tarry not having a runner…suppose the race has it’s pro’s and con’s well done Larry and Mike…Let’s hope we get some 4/10 before shortening to 1/5 Battleoftrafalgar…time and distance to follow off that rating it should be a steeplechase margin victory

  8. Vincent says:

    Dear Editor, did Clyde respond with the time the draw took place. This is highly relevant to the 1st race where Peter James ran. Did the stable know before the race that Peter James was drawn to run. If so, he should have been scratched.

  9. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Well done Clyde,,with you being present all is good panel…well done to Larry and Mike as well fantastic to see the underdogs getting a chance abeit they’ll have to box and snooker Battleoftrafalgar for long period of the race..any sight of daylight it’s overs in matter of strides

  10. Clinton says:

    Ed thank you for your response
    Firstly what was the time of the draw ?
    What was the criteria for acceptance ?
    Let’s be realistic about this which trainer in their right mind will want to win a race for minimal stakes opposed to running a place in the million rand maiden and getting double . ? Ed to u it may not seem as the stable erred here however put your money on a short price favourite only to find out the horse is entered into a maiden for a million rand it just seems a bit to convenient ! If you could answer the 2 questions above will be great .

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Clinton – we will get a time of draw from them and post it here.

      Race conditions:
      Open to all maidens which have run at least once
      One Horse per Trainer at ballot stage until maximum
      field of 20 is drawn
      Sex Allowance of 2,5 kg for Fillies and Mares
      Entries close : 11:00 Monday 4 November 2019
      Weights : Monday 4 November 2019
      Declarations by : 11:00 Tuesday 5 November 2019
      The Final Field will be determined by Ballot at an event on
      Wednesday 6 November 2019 at a venue and time TBA.

  11. Steve Reid says:

    So we have a maiden race in Johannesburg sponsored by the generous Larry and his lads from the RA. Why isn’t there a million race in Cape Town? In Port Elizabeth? In Kimberley? Are members from these regions not as important as those in Johannesburg? Its not as ridiculous proposal as what it seems when you analyse the funding of this race. The 90000 maiden prize is in place. Entries have “generously” been donated to charity by the RA according to the race conditions – lets hope that an equine charity is chosen. We then have 20 x 8000 acceptance fees = 160 000. That leaves a shortfall of 750 000. The spurb says that this shortfall has been funded by “sponsors organised by Larry Wainstein (CEO of the Racing Association) and myself – Mike Whitstock”. Bravo. Strange that never is a sponsor mention so I think its fair to assume that if the Grimaldi clan haven’t settled the difference, then it has come out of the stakes pot or has been funded by the philanthropist Wainstein out of RA coffers. Now in 2018/9 the RA received a total of R15 315 425 in nomination fees from all owners from their buddies at Phumelela for a job well done over the years in accommodating the stripping of assets in the racing industry and enrichment of shareholders due to this. In my opinion, this R15m should have been used exclusively to booster the stakes pot not be used for any other purpose. Just imagine – Flamingo could host 383 R40 000 MR 60 handicaps in a year with that cash. I digress. If Joburg can receive a jolly in these times of closing down tracks and stakes reductions, why the hell cant the rest receive the same?

    Ego is a dangerous thing.

  12. Clinton says:

    Ed did we not get the time of the draw yet .Your response will be great thanks

    1. Editor says:

      Clinton …did you see ….James Peter – CARD SCRATCHING Gavin van Zyl

  13. Johnny Peter says:

    If I am correct Cape Town has two 5 million Rand races on Met day not counting the Met.

    1. Editor says:

      Yes Johnny
      Sun Met Grade 1 All Horses WFA 2000m R 3 000 000
      Cape Flying Championship Grade 1 All Horses WFA 1000m R 1 000 000
      Majorca Stakes Grade 1 Fillies and Mares WFA 1600m R 1 000 000
      Western Cape Stayers Grade 2 All Horses Conditions 2800m R 350 000
      Politician Stakes Grade 3 3-Year-Olds Set Weights 1800m R 200 000
      Summer Juvenile Stakes Listed 2-Year-Olds Set Weights 1000m R 150 000
      The CTS 1200 Non-Black Type 3-Year-Olds Level Weights 1200m R5 000 000
      The CTS 1600 Non-Black Type 3-Year-Olds Level Weights 1600m R5 000 000

  14. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Wow, definitely Africa’s Richest Race day…

    Something is missing here Mr Ed ?

    The Gr 1 Cape Derby

    1. Editor says:

      Moved that to 22 Feb, Cecil – coincides with Asian Racing Conference climax – that event’s very quiet though ito pre publicity

      Cape Derby Grade 1 3-Year-Olds Level Weights 2000m R 1 000 000
      Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes Grade 2 All Horses WFA+Penalties 1200m R 350 000
      Vasco Prix Du Cap Grade 3 Fillies and Mares Conditions 1400m R 200 000
      Cape of Good Hope Nursery Grade 3 2-Year-Olds Level Weights 1200m R 200 000
      Kenilworth Fillies Nursery Grade 3 2-Year-Old Fillies Level Weights 1200m R 200 000
      Jet Master Stakes Listed All Horses Conditions 1600m R150 000

  15. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Thanks Mr Ed

    Lots of good racing, articles and debates to look fwd to 👍

    1. Editor says:

      Definitely Cecil 🙂

  16. Clinton says:

    Ed was James Peter a scratching because of the post
    However we still have not received confirmation as to what time draw had taken place?

  17. Clinton says:

    So l take it we are not going to know what time the draw took place . This is absolute thievery that the punter gets screwd losing his money . Then after being found out the trainer scratches the horse . Very convenient …….

    1. Editor says:

      Clinton, we have been unable to determine the exact time of the draw. – seems was around 12h30.
      There is no basis for your theory

  18. Clinton says:

    Ed you supposed to have an unbiased opinion however it seems l am annoying you by asking the right questions .
    Without determining the time of the draw how are you able to derive at
    There is no basis for my theory .
    Maybe if you were a punter you would understand when you get screwd by unscrupulous behaviour by jockeys and trainers .

    1. Editor says:

      Clinton, please state your theory again, simply – also showing a clear alleged motive

  19. lushan says:

    Clinton the draw was done before the race, as I did not back James Peter for that very same reason.
    However all information is in the public domain, and one has to use it and draw a conclusion, before waging a bet.

  20. Clinton's says:

    I just feel outdone and it’s not a case of sour grapes however l feel that somebody should of notified the public before the race or the horse should be scratched in good faith . Alternatively the trainers comment should be this is a prep run so the public is aware . Punter always beats the brunt .However l suppose there’s no honesty ….

  21. Clinton says:

    No response need ed

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