The first official 4Racing operator’s log for the 2023 R5 million Gr1 Betway Summer Cup to be run at Turffontein on Saturday 25 November was published on Friday.
The Wernars’ defending champion PUERTO MANZANO (ARG) from the Johan Janse van Vuuren yard heads the log.
Van Vuuren has also entered dual Charity Mile winner, BINGWA.
In second position is 2023 Hollywoodbets Durban July winner WINCHESTER MANSION, owned by Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert) and trained by Brett Crawford.
WINCHESTER MANSION tops the Betway antepost betting boards (4/1) and makes up a quartet of entries for Brett Crawford, who has also entered BILLY BOWLEGS (33/1), CRIMSON KING (33/1) and SOLAR POWER (200/1).
In 3rd position is Mike de Kock charge, DAVE THE KING, owned in partnership byMessrs L M Nestadt & G J Player & Ralphs Racing (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Miss K Ralphs).
De Kock fields a total of 7 entries with SAFE PASSAGE (6/1), UNION SQUARE (16/1), EAST COAST (25/1), ARAGOSTA (33/1), SHOEMAKER (33/1) and TROIS TROIS QUATRE (33/1) making up the balance.
Sean Tarry occupies 4th place with Kestorm Investments (Nom: Mr Kenneth Pillay)’s Equus Champion 3yo Female BLESS MY STARS. Tarry currently holds 5 entries including COUSIN CASEY, 2023 Equus Champion Stayer FUTURE PEARL, LITIGATION and NEBRAAS.
Also making the top 20 are Grant Maroun’s 2023 WSB SA Classic winner ANFIELDS ROCKET, Robyn Klaasen’s narrow WSB Premier’s Champions Challenge runner up SECOND BASE, Paul Matchett’s WSB Gauteng Guineas winner EYE OF THE PROPHET and Dean Kannemeyer’s Cape raider RUNAWAY SONG, as well as Weiho Marwing’s SA Derby winner SON OF RAJ, NONE OTHER from the Lucky Houdalakis yard and MERIDIUS from the Tony Peter string.
Second entries close at 11am on Tuesday, 31 October 2023 and final entries at 9am on Monday, 13 November 2023, after which weights will be announced.
Declarations must be in by 11am on Wednesday, 15 November 2023 and barrier draws will be conducted at a Betway event on 15 November 2023.