Festival Fields Declared

Two terrific days of racing

The fields for the sixth annual L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, to be contested on Friday and Saturday at Kenilworth, were published on Monday afternoon.

The highlight of the two day festival will be the 161st running of the R1,5 million Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate on Saturday.

Rainbow Bridge – fourth time lucky? (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The weight-for-mile hosts a field of eleven, headed by defending champion Jet Dark and the evergreen 7yo Rainbow Bridge.

South Africa’s highest rated racer, Rainbow Bridge (134) has his fourth bid for glory in the prestigious mile after placing third behind Do It Again (2019), third behind Vardy (2020) and was runner-up behind Jet Dark last year.

Jet Dark was only the second 3yo to win the race this century since Gimmethegreenlight in 2011, and Justin Snaith looks for a unique treble with Concorde Cup winning 3yo Pomp And Power lining up alongside fellow sophomore Pacaya in the Snaith quartet.

 R1 500 000 1600m 16:10 Ref-293
1st R937500, 2nd R300000, 3rd R150000, 4th R75000, 5th R37500
Open To Horses At Weight For Age
WFA: 3yrs-5kgs 4yrs-0kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 2 Rainbow Bridge 60 134 A Richard Fourie Eric Sands
2 5 Jet Dark 60 130 A S’manga Khumalo Justin Snaith
3 8 Kommetdieding 60 127 A Gavin Lerena HWJ Crawford/M Rix
4 3 Linebacker 60 126 A Craig Zackey Vaughan Marshall
5 4 Seeking The Stars 60 121 BA Bernard Fayd’Herbe Vaughan Marshall
6 6 Warrior 60 108 A Anton Marcus Justin Snaith
7 1 After The Rain 60 96 A Muzi Yeni Gareth van Zyl
8 9 Pomp And Power 55 110 A Keagan de Melo Justin Snaith
9 7 Good Traveller 55 109 A Morne Winnaar Glen Kotzen
10 11 Trip Of Fortune 55 106 A Anthony Andrews Candice Bass-Robinson
11 10 Pacaya 55 95 A Grant van Niekerk Justin Snaith
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(2,6,8,11) (4,5)

KZN and the Eastern Cape enjoy representation in the Cartier Gr1 Paddock Stakes, where Andre Nel’s Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Chansonette takes on the likes of the year older stars Captain’s Ransom and Princess Calla, as well as dark Horse Marina.


Chansonette – can she step up on Saturday? (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

South Africa’s premier 1800m weight-for-age race for fillies and mares was dominated by champion trainer Terrance Millard during the 1970’s and 1980’s. The late master trainer won the race on 16 occasions – most notably with champions Taima Bluff, Olympic Duel and Tecla Bluff.

 R750 000 1800m 15:35 Ref-292
1st R468750, 2nd R150000, 3rd R75000, 4th R37500, 5th R18750
For Fillies & Mares at Weight For Age
WFA: 3yrs-6kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 8 She’s A Keeper 60 116 A Bernard Fayd’Herbe Gareth van Zyl
2 4 Captain’s Ransom 59.5 126 A Richard Fourie Justin Snaith
3 5 Princess Calla 59.5 118 A Anton Marcus Adam Marcus
4 3 Marina 59.5 108 BA Aldo Domeyer Candice Bass-Robinson
5 10 Pretty Betty 59.5 106 T A Luyolo Mxothwa Mike Stewart
6 6 Santa Therese 59.5 104 T A Greg Cheyne Alan Greeff
7 7 Rain In Newmarket 59.5 103 A S’manga Khumalo Justin Snaith
8 1 Chansonette 54 110 A Grant van Niekerk Andre Nel
9 9 Kailene 54 102 A Morne Winnaar Glen Kotzen
10 2 Jet For Time 54 77 A Anthony Andrews Candice Bass-Robinson
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(2,7) (4,10)

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