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Royal Weekend Of Racing Ahead!

Saturday Gr1 double feature fields published

The final fields for this weekend’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival have been published.

The 159th Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Gr1 Paddock Stakes headline a terrific two days of racing.

Richard Fourie and Do It Again after the 2019 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Ten runners have stood their ground for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, headed by defending champion Do It Again. The son of Twice Over put in a below-par effort in the recent Gr2 Green Point Stakes when beaten 5,15 lengths by Vardy, who also runs on Saturday.

Mike de Kock last won the Queen’s Plate with Mother Russia in 2011 and he has a power hand in the 4yo duo of Hawwaam and Soqrat.

A net carryover of R500 000 goes into the Pick 6 which starts in the fourth at 14h45. Estimated Pool R5 Million!

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R1 500 000 1600m 16:45 
1st R937500, 2nd R300000, 3rd R150000, 4th R75000, 5th R37500
L’ORMARINS QUEEN’S PLATE (WFA) (Grade 1)
Weight For Age
WFA: 3yrs-5kgs 4yrs-0kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 4 Do It Again 60 136 A R Fourie Justin Snaith
2 8 Rainbow Bridge 60 134 A G Lerena Eric Sands
3 6 Soqrat (AUS) 60 133 A C Murray Mike de Kock
4 1 Hawwaam 60 131 AM A Marcus Mike de Kock
5 5 Vardy 60 128 A C Zackey Adam Marcus
6 7 One World 60 127 A M Byleveld Vaughan Marshall
7 2 Twist Of Fate 60 127 A A Domeyer Adam Marcus
8 9 Undercover Agent 60 127 A C Orffer Brett Crawford
9 3 Pack Leader 60 116 A M Winnaar Glen Kotzen
10 10 Crown Towers (AUS) 60 103 AM B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,10) (3,4) (5,7)
R1 000 000 1800m 16:05 Ref-299
1st R625000, 2nd R200000, 3rd R100000, 4th R50000, 5th R25000
CARTIER PADDOCK STAKES (WFA) (Grade 1)
For Fillies & Mares at Weight For Age
WFA: 3yrs-6kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 4 Miyabi Gold 60 115 A B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
2 7 Platinum Class 60 108 BA G Lerena Justin Snaith
3 2 Front And Centre 59.5 122 A A Marcus Brett Crawford
4 9 Santa Clara 59.5 120 A A Domeyer Candice Bass-Robinson
5 11 Silvano’s Pride 59.5 119 A R Fourie Justin Snaith
6 1 Snapscan 59.5 118 A M Winnaar Glen Kotzen
7 3 Water Spirit 59.5 92 A C Orffer Brett Crawford
8 5 Queen Supreme (IRE) 58.5 117 A C Murray Mike de Kock
9 6 Driving Miss Daisy 54 110 A S Khumalo Eric Sands
10 10 Drama Queen 54 105 A G Cheyne Candice Bass-Robinson
11 8 Castellano 54 91 A A Andrews Glen Kotzen
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,2,5) (3,7) (4,10) (6,11

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14 comments on “Royal Weekend Of Racing Ahead!

  1. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    Belgarion is back, no Clouds Unfold in the Paddock Stakes.

    1. Editor says:

      R5 million Pick 6 projected for Saturday

  2. Kay says:

    Top-class racing this coming weekend at Kenilworth with high class flesh running in the Queen’s Plate and Paddock Stakes.
    However, it is disappointing to see the so called Cape Summer of Champions Season is watered down to so few interesting meetings that one can hardly call it a season. Generally race cards are filled with lowly MR handicaps. Saturday past Turffontein featured 3 nice races (grade 3s) plus 2 pinnacle plate races. That was the feature meeting in SA and this in the Cape Season? What did they dish out for Cape racing? A Maiden Handicap (What?) and Two minor listed sprint races not even the type where some of the better sprinters could run in once again robbing the public from quality horse flesh. What one can’t understand is the programming as there were no real build up races to prepare the big names like Do It Again them. Not even a Pinnacle Plate in sight! The Diadem was used as a nice pipe-opener for our champions after the KZN season in the past. Now it is being run towards end February! What is the purpose of that? We need good quality races where the champions can participate in before the season kicks in. What we call preparing towards the races lying ahead. And always having racegoers talking. Look at Hawwaam. Joburg had a pinnacle plate race over 1200m and he participated. What a draw card on an ordinary midweek meeting! No wonder a champion like Do It Again ran below par in his 1st start back as it was a highclass mile race and would they have had him ready for that? Most likely a big ‘NO’. The public want to see champions and champions that give their best – not necessary winning. But champions need build-up races. Cape racing is being marginalized it would appear and the programming.of decent build-up races (or lack of it) to call it a ‘Season of Champions’ is disgraceful. Stakes cuts just before the Summer Season also says a lot. It could have been done after the season! The LQP and Paddock Stakes meeting is going to be something to remember as always. But what happens after that in the following weeks? Not much until we get to the Sun Met again. And in between we are given mostly MR70s handicaps. I don’t have a problem with lowly MR handicap races but for Pete’s sake have a decent Feature race or at least a decent Plate race with it on a meeting especially during the summer season. But then again I should probably not think on how things used to be! I find reading the Sporting Post and Vintage SA Horse Racing on Fb much more interesting than watching most race days!

  3. Donald says:

    Can someone please explain to me how Soqrat is merit rated above Hawwaam ?

  4. Deezo Snyman says:

    Front and Centre ridden by Marcus in the Paddock stakes, a no brainer. Best weighted, jockey and trainer on form. Lump your house on it. Take the Crawford trifecta as many times as you like.

  5. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    I’m holding out for some positive thinking from the Jockeys, Kay. That will surely be the deciding factor on Saturday.

    My Kentucky Derby… oops, Cape Derby hope from last year, Belgarion, runs in the Peninsula. After last years run of the Derby, rated by many as the worst field of all-time, Belgarion ass just landed up as Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    Stubborn as I am, I probably get fried with him as well.

  6. Dylan says:

    Great post Kay! The rest of the world succeed with pattern races and races that remain the same, so as a trainer you can plan and as a punter you know what’s coming and it works but in SA we chop and change and no one really knows what to expect and we end up with the current situation. Keep it traditional and simple..! It makes it easy to follow..

    Sadly I think it’s getting too late to fix SA racing.

  7. Stephen Carter says:

    Kay echoes my thoughts about Cape racing. However, a few days ago, a thoughtful analyst reminded me that the horse population in the Cape has been decimated post Markus Jooste. Other leading owners have culled their racing strings based on valid financial concerns. He (the analyst) estimates that there are about 890 horses in the Cape of which only about 400 are fit for racing at any one time. So cards are thin other than at the festival meetings. Trainers know that their owners want their horses partaking at the big meets. The meetings between the festivals suffer accordingly.Sadly, the industry we love, is in decline.

  8. Cecil Pienaar says:

    5M P6 on Sat day, 2 Grade 1’s, and other Big races.. Nice 👍

    William way to go, 2 Pick 6s, one full, and another %, load up opening leg and last..

    KZN Greetings

    PS- Racing Chiefs, Pls future LQP, Met days must be Stand-alone meetings

  9. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    Meneer Pienaar, waar verberg u u lot?

  10. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Goeie More William, Almal

    Matriek klas van 1980 😎

    On that note, Congrats Angie and class of 2019, wow over 80% pass rate…

    Back to racing, plan to win the QLP P6, en sommer albei Jackpots ook. Look fwd to SP articles

    Happy Punting 👍

  11. Lawrence says:

    Any tips

    1. karel says:

      Best tip: read Sporting Post.

  12. Rian says:

    I did Karel, but don’t see any Kannemeyer horses, it must be a first that he doesn’t have a runner on Q Plate day ???

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