Classic Day – Peter Defender Takes On Elders In Horse Chestnut

Countdown to Day 2 of The Championships

With the sun having set on the Cape Summer Of Champions, the national spotlight switches to Classic Day at Turffontein on Saturday where Day 2 of The Championships sees a bumper card of ten races, including three Gr1 contests.

Gimme A Nother – SA Triple Tiara leg 2 in sight! (Pic – JC Photos)

Classic Day features three Grade 1 races, headed by the R1,5 million TAB SA Classic, and including the R1,25 million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, and a vintage renewal of the R1,5 million H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes, named in honor of the legendary Horse Chestnut, South Africa’s Triple Crown winner in 1999 and his part-owner and breeder, Mr. H F Oppenheimer.

R1 500 000 1800m 15:35 Ref-612
1st R937500, 2nd R300000, 3rd R150000, 4th R75000, 5th R37500
For 3 year-olds (2nd Leg of SA Triple Crown)
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 10 Sandringham Summit 60 123 T A Gavin Lerena David Nieuwenhuizen
2 7 Hotarubi 60 116 TCA S’manga Khumalo Sean Tarry
3 5 William Iron Arm 60 116 A Calvin Habib Tony Peter
4 1 Purple Pitcher 60 114 A Kabelo Matsunyane Robyn Klaasen
5 6 Gimmeanotherchance 60 111 A Craig Zackey Mike de Kock
6 9 Guy Gibson 60 105 A Piere Strydom Roy Magner
7 2 Pure Predator 60 104 A Denis Schwarz Fanie Bronkhorst
8 4 Storm Brasco 60 104 TBA Richard Fourie Sean Tarry
9 8 Navajo Nation 60 103 A Serino Moodley Robbie Hill
10 11 Barbaresco 60 102 A Ryan Munger J A Janse van Vuuren
11 3 Mondial 60 100 A Muzi Yeni M G Azzie/A A Azzie
Same Trainer

The SA Triple Crown and Triple Tiara kicked off at the same venue on 3 February and both first leg stars Sandringham Summit and Gimme A Nother return in a bid to make it two from two.

Dean Kannemeyer – travels with Cosmic Highway (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

While the visitors have ducked the two 3yo contests, Cape trainers Brett Crawford, Dean Kannemeyer and Candice Bass-Robinson will hit the long road with runners engaged in the R1,5 million Wilgerbosdrift Gr1 HF Oppenheimer Stakes.

Mrs Bass-Robinson won the race last year with Trip Of Fortune and takes her chances with WSB Cape Town Met fifth placer Sugar Mountain, who looks to have a big task on his hands.

R1 250 000 1800m 14:55 Ref-611
1st R781250, 2nd R250000, 3rd R125000, 4th R62500, 5th R31250
3yof (2nd Leg Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara)
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 7 Gimme A Nother 60 121 A Juan Paul v’d Merwe Mike de Kock
2 8 Silver Sanctuary 60 116 A Richard Fourie Mike de Kock
3 1 My Soul Mate 60 115 A Piere Strydom Candice Dawson
4 4 Bavarian Beauty 60 112 A Calvin Habib Tony Peter
5 6 Let’s Go Now 60 111 BA S’manga Khumalo Sean Tarry
6 5 Egyptian Mau 60 110 a Craig Zackey Lucky Houdalakis
7 2 Champagne Cocktail 60 104 T A Gavin Lerena Mike de Kock
8 3 Beating Wings 60 91 A Denis Schwarz Stuart Pettigrew
9 9 Tamil Tigress 60 87 A Ryan Munger Lorenzo Karriem
Same Trainer

Dean Kannemeyer is fresh off his SplashOut Gr1 Cape Derby victory and saddles Cosmic Highway, who had no luck in Saturday’s Khaya Stables Gr2 Diadem Stakes. The son of Gimmethegreenlight hass never won over a mile, but should relish running at them late off a pace on the long Turffontein home straight.

Kannemeyer told the Sporting Post that his charge departs Milnerton on Wednesday morning and he is looking to emulate the feat of Free My Heart, who won this race in 2002 under Karl Neisius.

Brett Crawford has a satellite base at Randjesfontein and saddles the super consistent At My Command and 2023 Hollywoodbets Durban July winner, Winchester Mansion.

Star 3yo Main Defender – will he, won’t he stay the mile in this company? (Pic -JC Photos)

Trainer Tony Peter has thrown a potential cat amongst the pigeons with the 3yo Main Defender, who is reported to be ‘flying back home’, but there are question marks against the mile.

The race will surely provide a guide for the connections as to where to go in the next five months with the son of Pathfork.

R1 500 000 1600m 16:10 Ref-613
1st R937500, 2nd R300000, 3rd R150000, 4th R75000, 5th R37500
Weight for Age
WFA: 3yrs-3kgs 4yrs-0kgs
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 4 At My Command 60 126 A Luyolo Mxothwa Brett Crawford
2 1 Puerto Manzano (ARG) 60 125 BA Gavin Lerena J A Janse van Vuuren
3 14 Cousin Casey 60 123 A Grant van Niekerk Sean Tarry
4 10 Dave The King 60 122 A Piere Strydom Mike de Kock
5 8 Winchester Mansion 60 121 CA Kabelo Matsunyane Brett Crawford
6 11 Cosmic Highway 60 117 A Craig Zackey Dean Kannemeyer
7 7 Melech 60 117 T A Muzi Yeni Roy Magner
8 13 Mk’s Pride 60 116 BA Chase Maujean Tony Peter
9 3 Safe Passage 60 116 A Juan Paul v’d Merwe Mike de Kock
10 6 Son Of Raj 60 115 BA S’manga Khumalo Weiho Marwing
11 2 Sugar Mountain 60 115 A Aldo Domeyer Candice Bass-Robinson
12 12 Back In Business 60 90 A Philasande Mxoli Joe Soma
13 5 Princess Calla 57.5 127 A Richard Fourie Sean Tarry
14 9 Main Defender 57 121 A Calvin Habib Tony Peter
Same Trainer
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