Owner Asks Charity Mile Draw Question

Save the date - Turffontein 29 October

A total of 28 entries were received at first acceptance for the R800 000 Gr 2 Allied Steelrode On A Mission Charity Mile on Monday morning.

The Charity Mile will again be sponsored by leading global steel manufacturer Allied Steelrode On A Mission when run at the Turffontein Racecourse on Saturday 29 October.

Astrix – now races out of the Johan Janse van Vuuren yard (Pic – JC Photos)

The Allied Steelrode On A Mission Charity Mile is an important Summer Cup prep race and will also benefit 16 Johannesburg charities this year.

Jointly top-rated amongst the entries is Corne Spies’ recent Gr2 TopBet Mike O ‘Connor Joburg Spring Challenge winner William Robertson and former Paul Peter-trained Gr1 winner Astrix (125).

Out of province entries include Gareth van’s Zyl’s smashing grey After The Rain, Peter Muscutt hard-knocker Gentleman’s Wager and Justin Snaith’s Hoedspruit.

Randjesfontein trainers Mike de Kock and Sean Tarry have eleven entries between them.

An independent owner phoned the Sporting Post offices to query, without suggesting any skullduggery, the statistical likelihood of De Kock and Tarry having eight of their eleven candidates pulling sequential draws inside the first nine slots in a twenty-eight horse entry.

Also the fact that De Kock, beyond the 18 for Forever Mine, has draws 2,3,4,5 and 6, whileTarry entrants drew 7,8 and 9, as well as 21 and 24.

The other yard with a substantial entry is Johan Janse van Vuuren, whose quintet drew slots 1,13,14, 22 and 27.

While it’s a numbers game and open to any form of interpretation, we are assured it’s 100% independent and random when querying the process of the computerised draw allocation process. We were told by the National Racing Bureau’s Aveen Sewpersad that their computer programme did not read horse or trainer names.

“Each horse has an identity/ registration number on our system. Draws are produced within two seconds of request. The draws are not grouped to a trainer. Our system has also been independently verified and may I draw the public’s attention in that regard to the certificate below,” added Sewpersad.

Click here for the certificate of compliance.

A knowledgeable racing man canvassed by the Sporting Post said that the occurrence was simply a case of pure ‘hindsight coincidence’.

“If we had to ask prior to the draw, what are the chances of the two top yards having 8 of 11 entrants in the first nine slots and eight gates sequentially, we’d say, never!  But once something has happened, then it’s no longer a big deal. It’s like when lighting strikes your bird bath where you were standing a minute before. You’d say never, ever. But it’s actually random! We may find Actuaries and Conspiracy Theorists arguing differently. Sometimes we get Lotto numbers falling sequentially – if they were perfectly staggered with gaps, then we would be seeing spooks too,” he laughed.

Here are the entries:

R800 000 1600m (Turf) Allied Steelrode On A Mission 
16 After The Rain Gareth van Zyl 104
6 Aragosta Mike de Kock 118
13 Astrix J A Janse van Vuuren 125
10 Bard Of Avon Ashley Fortune 98
1 Bingwa J A Janse van Vuuren 118
28 Castletown Stuart Pettigrew 106
24 Cornish Pomodoro Sean Tarry 107
17 ExpressFromTheUS Weichong Marwing 98
18 Forever Mine Mike de Kock 106
25 Gentleman’s Wager Peter Muscutt 106
11 Hoedspruit Justin Snaith 114
14 Homely Girl J A Janse van Vuuren 108
3 Humdinger Mike de Kock 103
8 Indlamu Sean Tarry 100
26 Irish Tractor Brett Crawford 103
9 Litigation Sean Tarry 101
2 Mk’s Pride Mike de Kock 122
22 Outofthedarkness J A Janse van Vuuren 106
27 Puerto Manzano (ARG) J A Janse van Vuuren 120
21 Pyromaniac Sean Tarry 110
12 Red Saxon Joe Soma 116
5 Safe Passage Mike de Kock 122
20 Sovereign Spirit Ashley Fortune 113
4 Sparkling Water Mike de Kock 122
15 Team Gold Roy Magner 103
23 Vanderbilt Robyn Klaasen 98
19 William Robertson Corne Spies 125
7 Willow Express Sean Tarry 102

The Charity Mile is a handicap benchmarked at 52,0 kg = 106, a maximum field of 16 can run. Three reserves will be declared, if numbers allow. The final field composition is at the discretion of 4Racing.

Supplementary entries close at 11h00 on Friday 21 October 2022, with weights being declared on the same day.

Declarations are due by 11h00 on Tuesday 25 October 2022.

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