Battle Of The Boom Babies

Reputations on the line and scores to be settled - what a day's racing ahead!

The battle of the two-year-olds with Equus fame at stake could steal the show at the Gold Cup Festival of Racing Weekend at Greyville at the end of the month as the juvenile stars clash at Grade 1 level for the final time this season.

These are the country’s top juveniles from studs and stables around South Africa that compete over 1 600m to claim the title of champion juvenile colt and filly. This is the ultimate test for the young horses that will compete in the classic races in the season ahead.

Sand And Sea strides clear to an impressive win under Anton Marcus

Fifty one entries have been received for the Premier’s Champion Stakes and the Thekwini Stakes, 20 colts and geldings for the former and 31 fillies for the latter. From the quality of entries, two thrilling races will be on the cards on Sunday, July 30.

Joey Ramsden’s exciting Oratorio colt Ancestry looks very progressive

Two very exciting colts head the entry list for the R750 000 Premier’s Champion Stakes, the winner of the Grade 1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion at Scottsville, Sand And Sea from the Dennis Drier stable, and the winner of the Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe at Greyville, Purple Diamond from the Sean Tarry yard. Neither colt has been tested over the mile with Sand And Sea winning over  1 200m and Purple Diamond over 1 400m.

R750 000 1600m
For 2 year-olds

No Apprentice Allowance

8 Ancestry (2C) 60 0 A Joey Ramsden
16 #Big Bear (2C) 60 0 AT Sean Tarry
14 Borya (2C) 60 0 A Gavin van Zyl
9 Captain And Master (2C) 60 0 AT Sean Tarry
10 Cat’s Legacy (2G) 60 0 A Alyson Wright
11 #Chantyman (2C) 60 0 A Dennis Bosch
7 #Eyes Wide Open (2C) 60 0 A Glen Kotzen
19 #Full Mast (2C) 60 0 A Mike Azzie
3 #Leftrightgoodnight (2C) 60 0 A Joe Soma
5 #Leslie Shadowliner (2G) 60 0 A Robbie Hill
17 #Monks Hood (2C) 60 0 A Alistair Gordon
13 Morning Catch (2G) 60 0 A Joey Ramsden
6 Mujallad (AUS) (2C) 60 0 AT Mike de Kock
20 Opera Royal (2C) 60 0 BA Glen Kotzen
1 Pack Leader (2C) 60 0 A Glen Kotzen
12 Purple Diamond (2C) 60 0 A Sean Tarry
15 #Sand And Sea (2C) 60 0 A Dennis Drier
2 Sea King (2C) 60 0 A Glen Kotzen
18 Trojan Harbour (AUS) (2C) 60 0 A Gareth van Zyl
4 Warrior’s Rest (2C) 60 0 A Sean Tarry

This pair are likely to attract the most support in the betting but the Joey Ramsden-trained Oratorio colt Ancestry, that failed by a head in the Durban Golden Horseshoe, had won very convincingly over 1 600m in his previous start and could be a serious contender. Third home in that race was the Tarry-trained Captain Al colt Captain And Master that was strongly fancied to win and could well make amends here.

Sand And Sea had won with such authority at Scottsville that the Twice Over colt showed he was something special and should be a massive runner while Trojan Harbour from the Gareth Van Zyl yard beat Ancestry easily over 1 400m in the Gatecrasher Stakes before being well beaten in the Durban Golden Horseshoe.

Sean Tarry’s classy Desert Rhythm

The R750 000 Thekwini Stakes will see the first three fillies past the post in the Gold Circle Golden Slipper come together for another fight for glory and the draws for the day certainly favour the Tarry-trained Desert Rhythm that won by a length over the 1 400m race. Let It Flow from the yard of Lucky Houdalakis that finished second and the Drier-trained Tsessebe have both been allotted wide preliminary draws for the race but from the 1 600m start the wider draws may not be as crucial and that should not detract too much from their chances.

R750 000 1600m
For 2 year-old Fillies

No Apprentice Allowance

19 Aurelia Cotta (2F) 60 0 A Sean Tarry
27 Barbie Doll (2F) 60 0 A Gavin van Zyl
29 #Braxton (2F) 60 0 A Lucky Houdalakis
8 Bridal Veil (2F) 60 0 A Charles Laird
6 Desert Rhythm (2F) 60 0 AT Sean Tarry
10 Flichity By Farr (2F) 60 0 A Alyson Wright
21 #Flying Fable (2F) 60 0 A Mike Azzie
20 Folk Dance (2F) 60 0 A Paul Peter
4 Frederico’s Dream (2F) 60 0 A Mike Azzie
5 Green Ice (2F) 60 0 A Alyson Wright
2 Holly’s Vision (2F) 60 0 A Gareth van Zyl
15 #Illegal (2F) 60 0 A Candice Dawson
13 #Just My Style (2F) 60 0 A Gavin van Zyl
1 La Bella Mia (2F) 60 0 A Weiho Marwing
17 #Lady In Black (2F) 60 0 A Dennis Drier
31 Let It Flow (2F) 60 0 A Lucky Houdalakis
12 Luna Child (2F) 60 0 A Glen Kotzen
30 Mara (2F) 60 0 A Dean Kannemeyer
25 #Marsala (2F) 60 0 A Michael Roberts
18 Meryl (2F) 60 0 A Dean Kannemeyer
28 Miziara (2F) 60 0 A Duncan Howells
26 Neptune’s Rain (2F) 60 0 A Duncan Howells
9 On The Bounce (2F) 60 0 BA Charles Laird
24 Princess Peach (2F) 60 0 A Glen Kotzen
3 Rockin Russian (2F) 60 0 A Sean Tarry
16 Sequined (2F) 60 0 A Vaughan Marshall
7 #Sorceress (2F) 60 0 A Duncan Howells
23 Spring Breeze (2F) 60 0 A Mike Azzie
11 Too Phat To Fly (2F) 60 0 A Glen Kotzen
14 #Torrey Pines (2F) 60 0 A Johan Janse van Vuuren
22 Tsessebe (2F) 60 0 A Dennis Drier
Duncan Howells

Duncan Howells – Neptune’s Rain has a bright future

There are only two runners from the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship at Scottsville among the entries. Neptune’s Rain from the Duncan Howells yard finished third to Brave Mary in the sprint and the Glen Kotzen-trained Princess Peach took fourth place. Neptune’s Rain was beaten just over two lengths by Desert Rhythm in the Gold Circle Golden Slipper and could give a better account of herself over the extra distance and has to be respected if she runs.

Indications are that racegoers will be treated to two thrilling juvenile races on the day where the eLan Gold Cup over 3 200m will be the main attraction and, as always, will be another great spectacle.

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