Hollywoodbets Durban July Last Shout On Saturday

Saturday’s first due off @ 11h45

Saturday’s SA Champions Season action hosts two interesting 2400m races. The R500 000 Tabgold Gr2 Oaks and the R350 000 Tabgold Gr3 Derby are run at Hollywoodbets Greyville, having started life in a different format at Clairwood, before being run in the KZN Capital City at Hollywoodbets Scottsville for the past decade.

Gold Circle announced early in 2014 that a decision had been made that the KZN Derby and the KZN Oaks would be opened to all ages at weight-for-age terms, plus penalties.

It was felt that with the main focus of the 3yo’s during Champions Season on the Guineas, the Daily News 2000, the Woolavington Stakes, and obviously the Durban July, the Derby and Oaks had suffered a downgrade over the years and somehow struggled to find a consistent place in the programme.

Brown Panther wins Irish St Leger

Brown Panther wins Irish St Leger

While the move came in for flak in certain quarters, it was argued that there was international precedent, such as the Irish St Leger and the Yorkshire Oaks, to vary the terms and conditions of some of the ‘traditional’ Classics.

Gold Circle were of the firm view at the time that the quality and depth of both races would be enhanced by opening them to all ages. In addition, there were no weight-for-age races in South Africa over the distance and the overall programme for stayers was expected to benefit from the change.

There has been no official notification as to why the modified one-time classics have been moved to the inner-city Theatre Of Dreams for this renewal, but the good news is that they have attracted reasonable fields, with four Hollywoodbets Durban July entries running in the all-ages Derby.

Race-6 (Turf) R350 000 2400m 14:40 Ref-741
1st R218750, 2nd R70000, 3rd R35000, 4th R17500, 5th R8750
For Horses at Weight For Age + Penalties
WFA: 3yrs-3kgs
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 1 Cape Eagle 59 105 A Serino Moodley Andre Nel
2 2 One Way Traffic 59 108 A Craig Zackey Justin Snaith
3 3 Future Pearl 60 116 T A Richard Fourie Sean Tarry
4 4 Home Of The Brave 59 95 T A Diego De Gouveia Tyrone Zackey
5 5 Aragosta 59 118 A Muzi Yeni Mike de Kock
6 6 Zeus 59 122 A Gavin Lerena Fabian Habib
7 7 Policy Of Truth 56 82 T A S’manga Khumalo Tienie Prinsloo
8 8 Future Saint 56 83 A Tristan Godden Kumaran Naidoo
9 9 Shoot The Rapids 56 89 A Calvin Habib Frank Robinson
10 10 Without Question 59 120 A #Rachel Venniker Justin Snaith
Same Trainer

With final Hollywoodbets Durban July supplementary entries due on 18 June and declarations closing on 24 June, this is as about as close as one gets to a last chance saloon for big race hopefuls.

Only three 3yo’s line up in the Tabgold Derby, where Hollywoodbets Durban July entries Cape Eagle, Future Pearl, Aragosta and Without Question will be looking to impress the big-race panel.

The consistent Cape Eagle was second favourite for the Listed Lonsdale Stirrup Cup on 28 May when scratched due to elevated TCO2 levels. That was a prep curved ball of some magnitude for trainer Andre Nel, who has found himself in a race against time for the 6 July clash.

2023 Gold Cup winner Future Pearl and pilot Richard Fourie will team up once again on Saturday for the Tabgold Derby

2023 Gold Cup winner Future Pearl and pilot Richard Fourie will team up once again on Saturday for the Tabgold Derby (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Richard Fourie takes the ride on the 2023 Gold Vase and Gold Cup winner Future Pearl for Sean Tarry. The son of Futura is yet to recapture his better form of last year but should be near peak fitness and can go very close.

A former Gr1 SA Derby winner, Aragosta failed to catch the eye in the Lonsdale when beaten 6,30 lengths by Down To Business.

Rachel Venniker partners Without Question, who has had only one run since his smart third behind Double Superlative in the WSB Cape Town Met. That was a low-key 3 lengths off Future Swing in the WSB Gr2 1900, when clearly in need of the run.

Race-7 (Turf) R500 000 2400m 15:15 Ref-742
1st R312500, 2nd R100000, 3rd R50000, 4th R25000, 5th R12500
For Fillies and Mares at Weight For Age + Penalties
WFA: 3yrs-3kgs
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 1 My Soul Mate 57 113 BA Richard Fourie Candice Dawson
2 2 Capetown Beauty 60 80 BA Athandiwe Mgudlwa Garth Puller
3 3 Virginia Sweet 60 96 A Calvin Habib Glen Kotzen
4 4 Future Girl 60 97 Ae Kabelo Matsunyane Brett Crawford
5 5 Sea Goddess 60 81 A Diego De Gouveia Louis Goosen
6 6 Special Charm 60 87 BA #Rachel Venniker Paul Matchett
7 7 Danse Milord 60 88 A Serino Moodley M J Odendaal
8 8 Saartjie 60 110 A Corne Orffer Andre Nel
9 9 Red Maple 60 94 TBA Craig Zackey Sean Tarry
10 10 Off Limits 57 82 A Chase Maujean Louis Goosen
11 11 Lady Of Power 60 101 T A Muzi Yeni M G Azzie/A A Azzie
Same Trainer

In the Oaks, the Listed East Coast Cup winner Saartjie can bounce back after a quiet run behind Silver Sanctuary in the Gr1 Woolavington 2000.

Saartjie – a decent sort and can bounce back (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

That was her second run post a break and she will likely have most to fear from Richard Fourie and My Soul Mate, one of only two 3yo’s in the field, and who finished ahead of her in the Woolavington and is now a half kilo better off.

  • The Tabgold Gr3 Derby is off at 14h40.
  • The Tabgold Gr2 Oaks is off at 15h15.
  • The Hollywoodbets Greyville racemeeting starts at 11h45.

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