Champions Day – Grade 1 Final Fields

Save the date - 6 April 2024

Bumper final fields, including four Gr1 contests, have been declared for Champions Day, the third day of the 2024 4Racing’s The Championships, which will be run at Turffontein on Saturday 6 April.

Cape champion trainer Justin Snaith, along with his neighbour Brett Crawford, who has a satellite yard at Randjesfontein, and their KZN counterparts Mike Miller, Carl Hewitson, Nathan Kotzen and Lorenzo Karriem add spice to what should be a superb day of racing.

Marauding Horde heads for the Derby (Pic – JC Photos)

Mike de Kock will have serious claims on the day to adding to his Grade 1 honours roll , with the progressive Marauding Horde bidding to give the master trainer his seventh SA Derby success when he takes on 12 opponents.

Race-8 (Turf) R1 250 000 2450m 16:05 Ref-712
1st R781250, 2nd R250000, 3rd R125000, 4th R62500, 5th R31250
TAB SA DERBY (Grade 1)
3 year olds (3rd Leg SA Triple Crown)No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 6 Purple Pitcher 60 120 A Kabelo Matsunyane Robyn Klaasen
2 4 Hotarubi 60 116 TCA S’manga Khumalo Sean Tarry
3 9 Pure Predator 60 116 A Richard Fourie Fanie Bronkhorst
4 5 Mondial 60 105 A Muzi Yeni M G Azzie/A A Azzie
5 8 Presley 60 98 A Gavin Lerena J A Janse van Vuuren
6 2 Marauding Horde 60 96 BA Marco V’Rensburg Mike de Kock
7 7 Viva Brazil 60 94 BA Craig Zackey Lucky Houdalakis
8 13 George Handel 60 93 A Piere Strydom Fanie Bronkhorst
9 11 Twenty Drachma’s 60 92 A Philasande Mxoli Stuart Pettigrew
10 12 Shoot The Rapids 60 89 A Calvin Habib Frank Robinson
11 3 Atarime 60 83 A #Rachel Venniker Paul Matchett
12 1 Thunee Playa 60 80 BA Denis Schwarz Lorenzo Karriem
13 10 Taxhaven 60 78 BA *Malesela Katjedi Paul Matchett
Same Trainer
(3,8) (11,13)

De Kock also saddles the unbeaten Gimme A Nother, who has drawn widest of 8 in the R1 million TAB Gr1 Empress Club Stakes.

Gimme A Nother – goes back to a mile (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Race-6 (Turf) R1 000 000 1600m 14:55 Ref-710
1st R625000, 2nd R200000, 3rd R100000, 4th R50000, 5th R25000
TAB EMPRESS CLUB STAKES (Grade 1)
For Fillies and Mares at Weight-for-Age
WFA: 2yrs-12.5kgs 3yrs-2.5kgs 4yrs-0kgs
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 5 Humdinger 60 116 A Piere Strydom Mike de Kock
2 6 Gilded Butterfly 60 109 A Kabelo Matsunyane Stuart Pettigrew
3 3 Emirate Gina 60 105 A S’manga Khumalo Roy Magner
4 4 Perfect Witness 60 105 A Diego De Gouveia Candice Dawson
5 1 Lady Of Power 60 104 A Muzi Yeni M G Azzie/A A Azzie
6 8 Gimme A Nother 57.5 125 A Juan Paul v’d Merwe Mike de Kock
7 7 Mrs Geriatrix 57.5 115 A Richard Fourie Sean Tarry
8 2 Bavarian Beauty 57.5 113 A Calvin Habib Tony Peter
Same Trainer
(1,6)
Race-9 (Turf) R2 000 000 2000m 16:45 Ref-713
1st R1200000, 2nd R400000, 3rd R200000, 4th R100000, 5th R50000, 6th R25000, 7th R15000, 8th R10000
WORLD POOL PREMIER’S CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE (Grade 1)
For all horses at Weight for Age
WFA: 3yrs-3.5kgs 4yrs-0kgs
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 1 Dave The King 60 126 A Piere Strydom Mike de Kock
2 5 Puerto Manzano (ARG) 60 125 BA Gavin Lerena J A Janse van Vuuren
3 13 Cousin Casey 60 123 A Richard Fourie Sean Tarry
4 6 Zeus 60 122 A Denis Schwarz Fabian Habib
5 10 Winchester Mansion 60 121 CA Kabelo Matsunyane Brett Crawford
6 9 Without Question 60 120 A #Rachel Venniker Justin Snaith
7 3 Royal Victory 60 119 A Muzi Yeni Nathan Kotzen
8 7 Son Of Raj 60 119 BA S’manga Khumalo Weiho Marwing
9 2 Aragosta 60 118 A Marco V’Rensburg Mike de Kock
10 4 Future Pearl 60 116 TBA Serino Moodley Sean Tarry
11 11 Safe Passage 60 116 A Juan Paul v’d Merwe Mike de Kock
12 14 Litigation 60 115 TCA Craig Zackey Sean Tarry
13 8 Meridius 60 110 A Calvin Habib Tony Peter
14 12 Street Art 60 109 A Tristan Godden Tony Peter
Same Trainer
(1,9,11) (3,10,12) (13,14)

Race-7 (Turf) R1 000 000 1000m 15:30 Ref-711

1st R625000, 2nd R200000, 3rd R100000, 4th R50000, 5th R25000

JONSSON WORKWEAR COMPUTAFORM SPRINT (Grade 1)

For all horses at Weight for Age
WFA: 2yrs-10.5kgs 3yrs-2kgs
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 12 Dyce 60 130 HA Craig Zackey Lucky Houdalakis
2 4 William Robertson 60 125 JA S’manga Khumalo Corne Spies
3 11 Thunderstruck 60 124 TBA Richard Fourie Sean Tarry
4 5 Mover And Shaker 60 118 A Denis Schwarz Fabian Habib
5 3 Sheldon 60 116 BA Hennie Greyling J A Janse van Vuuren
6 9 Rulership 60 115 T A Kabelo Matsunyane Tony Peter
7 7 Pray For Rain 60 114 a Serino Moodley Carl Hewitson
8 10 Ziyasha 58 114 TBa Muzi Yeni Clinton Binda
9 1 Ready To Charge 58 108 A Juan Paul v’d Merwe M G Azzie/A A Azzie
10 6 Kiss Me Captain 57.5 110 A #Rachel Venniker M G Azzie/A A Azzie
11 8 Iphiko 57.5 108 BA Marco V’Rensburg Mike de Kock
12 2 Golden Sickle 55.5 122 A Calvin Habib Tony Peter
Same Trainer
(6,12) (9,10)

David Nieuwenhuizen has engaged Gavin Lerena to ride his stable star Sandringham Summit in the 4Racing Gr2 Hawaii Stakes, where he takes on Sean Tarry’s Lucky Lad and Brett Crawford’s Lucky Lad.

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