Classic Day – Bumper Entry Received For 2 March

Day 2 of The Championships

A bumper feature entry was received on Monday for the 2024 Classic Day, the second raceday of 4Racing’s The Championships Season, a four legged horseracing festival held at Turffontein from 3 February and reaching a climax on Saturday 27 April.

Cosmic Highway – Dean Kannemeyer is considering his options  (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The R1,5 million Gr1 Horse Chestnut Stakes to be run on Saturday 2 March has attracted 21 first entries, including Cosmic Highway from the Dean Kannemeyer yard, Candice Bass-Robinson’s Sugar Mountain, and Justin Snaith’s Cape Town Met third-placer Without Question.

Mrs Bass-Robinson’s Trip Of Fortune became the first Cape raider since Captain America in 2015 to win the R1 million HF Oppenheimer Gr1 Horse Chestnut Stakes in 2023, and we have to go back to Captain America (2015) and then some year to Dean Kannemeyer’s Free My Heart in 2002 to find the 21st century winners who braved the long road from the fairest Cape.

R1 500 000 1600m (Turf)
HORSE CHESTNUT STAKES (Grade 1)
17 Anfields Rocket Grant Maroun 115
6 At My Command Brett Crawford 126
19 Back In Business Joe Soma 90
15 Cosmic Highway Dean Kannemeyer 117
21 Cousin Casey Sean Tarry 123
14 Dave The King Mike de Kock 122
18 Feather Boa Stuart Pettigrew 114
13 Main Defender Tony Peter 121
10 Melech Roy Magner 117
20 Mk’s Pride Tony Peter 116
12 Mujbar (GB) Mike de Kock 105
8 Princess Calla Sean Tarry 127
3 Puerto Manzano (ARG) J A Janse van Vuuren 125
5 Safe Passage Mike de Kock 116
1 Sandringham Summit David Nieuwenhuizen 123
9 Son Of Raj Weiho Marwing 115
4 Sugar Mountain Candice Bass-Robinson 115
16 Texas Red Robyn Klaasen 98
2 Unzen Robbie Sage 109
11 Winchester Mansion Brett Crawford 121
7 Without Question Justin Snaith 120
(21)

The first legs of the SA Triple Tiara and SA Triple Crown were run on 3 February and both Gimme A Nother and Sandringham Summit are back as likely contenders in the second leg 1800m contests, the Gr1 SA Fillies Classic and Gr1 SA Classic, respectively.

Sandringham Summit is entered in two Gr1’s  (Pic – JC Photos)

Interestingly Sandringham Summit, along with arch-rival Main Defender, are the two 3yo’s in the 21 strong Horse Chestnut Stakes entry list.

 R1 500 000 1800m (Turf)
SA CLASSIC (Grade 1)
12 Barbaresco J A Janse van Vuuren 102
7 Gimmeanotherchance Mike de Kock 111
10 Guy Gibson Roy Magner 105
8 Hotarubi Sean Tarry 116
3 Mondial M G Azzie/A A Azzie 100
9 Navajo Nation Robbie Hill 103
2 Pure Predator Fanie Bronkhorst 104
1 Purple Pitcher Robyn Klaasen 114
11 Sandringham Summit David Nieuwenhuizen 123
4 Silver Sanctuary Mike de Kock 116
5 Storm Brasco Sean Tarry 104
6 William Iron Arm Tony Peter 116
(12)

This year, Champions Day on 6 April introduces a world-class premier World Pool event that allows punters worldwide to participate in a unified pool, generating unprecedented liquidity.

The highlight includes a multi-million dollar betting experience and a strategic partnership with the renowned The Hong Kong Jockey Club, celebrated for its extensive and fluid pari-mutuel pools.

R1 250 000 1800m (Turf)
SA FILLIES CLASSIC (Grade 1)
4 Bavarian Beauty Tony Peter 112
3 Beating Wings Stuart Pettigrew 91
2 Champagne Cocktail Mike de Kock 104
5 Egyptian Mau Lucky Houdalakis 110
7 Gimme A Nother Mike de Kock 121
6 Let’s Go Now Sean Tarry 111
1 My Soul Mate Candice Dawson 115
8 Silver Sanctuary Mike de Kock 116
9 Tamil Tigress Lorenzo Karriem 87
(9)

The highlight of the season is Champions Day 2024, presenting four Grade 1 races and being a World Pool event with worldwide liquidity for the first 10 races, this is set to captivate horseracing enthusiasts globally.

Concluding the season is The Championships Finale, taking place on Saturday, 27 April.

Supplementary entries for the Classic Day features close at 09h00 on Friday 23 February, while declarations are due by 11h00 on Tuesday 27 February.

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