Champions Day Heads For A Thriller

Marcus rides Majestic Mambo in SA Derby

Champion Miler and dual SA Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle returns to action on Champions Day 5 May and is out to set the record straight in the R4 million Gr1 Premier’s Champions Challenge, after being beaten by Deo Juvente last year.

Legal Eagle and Nother Russia meet again

The 2000m contest, won by Legal Eagle in 2016, has  attracted a smart field of 13 and includes recent Gr1 Empress Club Stakes winner Nother Russia, who took the Tarry star all the way to the wire in the Horse Chestnut Stakes at her penultimate start.

The draws will be done at a function on Thursday 26 April.

R4 Million  PREMIER’S CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE (Grade 1)
Weight for Age

1 0 Legal Eagle 60 125 T A A Marcus Sean Tarry
2 0 Deo Juvente 60 112 A C Murray Geoff Woodruff
3 0 Coral Fever 59 110 BA M Yeni Robbie Sage
4 0 Brazuca (AUS) 59 104 A …………… J A Janse van Vuuren
5 0 Abashiri 58 109 A C Orffer M G Azzie/A A Azzie
6 0 Glider Pilot 58 106 A K Zechner Tyrone Zackey
7 0 French Navy 58 104 T A R Danielson Sean Tarry
8 0 Dawn Assault 58 103 TBA M V’Rensburg St John Gray
9 0 Nother Russia 57.5 112 A C Zackey Mike de Kock
10 0 Orchid Island 57.5 107 A A Domeyer Mike de Kock
11 0 Fort Ember 56.5 108 A K de Melo Paul Peter
12 0 Silvan Star 55.5 108 A R Fourie Glen Kotzen
13 0 Safe Harbour 55.5 105 T A *L Hewitson Sean Tarry
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,7,13) (9,10)

 

Also declared on Wednesday were the Gr1  Computaform Sprint, which has attracted a capacity field including Snaith’s speed star Sergeant Hardy, and the Gr1 SA Derby, where Anton Marcus rides July hopeful Majestic Mambo.

 

Sergeant Hardy – travels to Gauteng for Champions Day

R1 million COMPUTAFORM SPRINT (Grade 1)
For all horses at Weight for Age

1 4 Sergeant Hardy 60 123 A B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
2 14 Bishop’s Bounty 60 117 A G van Niekerk Justin Snaith
3 8 Trip To Heaven 60 117 T A S Khumalo Sean Tarry
4 11 Champagne Haze 60 115 T A M Khan Gary Alexander
5 13 Attenborough 60 110 BA R Fourie Joey Ramsden
6 10 Rocky Valley 60 107 T A G Wrogemann Candice Dawson
7 6 Graduation Day 60 101 T A R Danielson Joe Soma
8 2 Golden Man 60 88 TBA K Zechner Grant Maroun
9 16 Naafer (AUS) 58.5 113 A M Yeni Mike de Kock
10 7 Pinnacle Peak 58.5 103 A C Zackey Dorrie Sham
11 12 Rebel’s Champ 58.5 99 BA A Domeyer Paul Peter
12 1 Down To Zero 58.5 98 BA C Orffer M G Azzie/A A Azzie
13 9 Speedpoint 58.5 98 A C Murray Joey Ramsden
14 5 Exquisite Touch 57.5 112 T A *L Hewitson Sean Tarry
15 3 Wrecking Ball 57.5 104 T A R Munger Grant Maroun
16 15 Queen Laurie 57.5 95 A C Maujean Grant Maroun
(1,2) (3,14) (5,13) (8,15,16)

Majestic Mambo –  promising 3yo

S A DERBY (Grade 1)
3 year olds (3rd Leg SA Triple Crown)

No Apprentice Allowance

1 10 Surcharge 60 110 A P Strydom Stuart Pettigrew
2 14 Like A Panther 60 106 A C Murray Mike de Kock
3 2 Noble Secret 60 106 A R Simons Mike de Kock
4 5 Majestic Mambo 60 104 A A Marcus Paul Peter
5 3 Royal Crusade 60 101 CA M Yeni Mike de Kock
6 13 Cash Time 60 96 A A Domeyer Ashley Fortune
7 9 Silver God 60 93 TBA R Danielson Sean Tarry
8 6 The Rocketman (AUS) 60 92 BA C Zackey M G Azzie/A A Azzie
9 8 Gambado 60 88 A R Fourie Alec Laird
10 1 Hero’s Honour 60 88 A M Khan Gary Alexander
11 4 Walter Smoothie 60 88 A M V’Rensburg Stuart Pettigrew
12 7 Forafewdollarsmore 60 84 BA *L Hewitson Sean Tarry
13 12 Throng 60 82 TBA S Khumalo Sean Tarry
14 11 Greenwood Drive (AUS) 60 78 T A G Wrogemann Robbie Sage
(1,11) (2,3,5) (7,12,13)

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