SA Champions Season Launches With Three Features

Save the date - 4 May

With the announcement this coming Wednesday of the first entries for the 2024 Hollywoodbets Durban July, and the first entries received today for the WSB Gr2 Guineas and WSB Gr2 Fillies Guineas, and  the traditional season opener, the Independent on Saturday Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes, the stakes-boosted SA Champions Season is now in full stride

The countdown to the South African Champions Season has begun in earnest and after Hollywoodbets recently confirmed a stakes injection of R10,6 million for the ‘national championships’, it’s all systems go.

Main Defender – good draws give connections the options of both features (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

The IOS Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes has attracted a first entry of 19, including Highveld champion Main Defender, whose connections will be celebrating a 4 gate on the draw sensitive circuit in the 1400m contest, and a 5 for the Guineas.

The Sandringham Summit connections will be less pleased, with their champion pulling a gate of 18, but having more luck in the Guineas.

R500 000 1400m (Turf)
15 Al Muthana (AUS) Ricky Maingard 125
10 At My Command Brett Crawford 119
5 Cosmic Highway Dean Kannemeyer 121
3 Cousin Casey Sean Tarry 123
12 Gimmeanotherchance Mike de Kock 111
9 Gladatorian Stuart Ferrie 120
18 Green With Envy Dean Kannemeyer 119
11 Humdinger Mike de Kock 116
8 Itsrainingwilliam Justin Snaith 108
4 Main Defender Tony Peter 131
14 Mid Winter Wind Sean Tarry 114
2 Royal Aussie Justin Snaith 124
17 Sandringham Summit David Nieuwenhuizen 123
1 Teflon Man Dean Kannemeyer 99
7 Texas Red Robyn Klaasen 104
6 Unzen Robbie Sage 109
19 Waterberry Lane Ricky Maingard 112
16 White Pearl Mike de Kock 112
13 Zinovi Mike de Kock 108

The WSB Guineas has drawn an entry of 13, with Sandringham Summit (draw 6) right alongside contemporary Main Defender.

Lucky Lad, SplashOut Cape Derby winner Green With Envy, and Snow Pilot add to the mix.

R500 000 1600m (Turf)
7 Ancient World Michael Miller 92
9 Barbaresco J A Janse van Vuuren 109
4 Gimmeanotherchance Mike de Kock 111
8 Green With Envy Dean Kannemeyer 119
2 Hluhluwe Justin Snaith 111
13 Lucky Lad Sean Tarry 119
5 Main Defender Tony Peter 131
11 Mid Winter Wind Sean Tarry 114
12 Navajo Nation Robbie Hill 103
1 Oriental Charm Brett Crawford 113
6 Sandringham Summit David Nieuwenhuizen 123
10 Snow Pilot Justin Snaith 120
3 Zinovi Mike de Kock 108
The fairer sex Guineas has attracted only 12 entries, but with plenty of quality, including recent runaway Gr2 Umkhomazi Stakes winner, Double Grand Slam.
R500 000 1600m (Turf)
3 Bomber Girl Michael Miller 97
12 Celtic Beauty Tony Rivalland 94
11 Ceuta David Nieuwenhuizen 81
5 Double Grand Slam Justin Snaith 118
1 Let’s Go Now Sean Tarry 114
6 Minogue Wendy Whitehead 102
10 Miss Platina Tienie Prinsloo 75
8 Mrs Geriatrix Sean Tarry 115
4 Rascova Glen Kotzen 115
9 Soldier’s Eye Weiho Marwing 98
7 Sovereign Grant Michael Miller 98
2 White Pearl Mike de Kock 112

Supplementary entries for the three features close at 11h00 on Friday 26 April, with declarations due by 11h00 on Tuesday 30 April.

The annual spectacle of horseracing excellence is steeped in tradition, and reaches a heady climax with the running of Africa’s greatest horseracing event, the R5-million Gr1 Hollywoodbets Durban July, on Saturday 6 July.


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