Summer Cup Landscape Will Change

Big race has new sponsor

With no major races affecting the potential Gauteng Bidvest Summer Cup runners taking place last week, there were no changes to the log for the Gr1 race to be run over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday 30 November.

That said, the  Mike de Kock trio of Hawwaam, Buffalo Bill Cody and Like A Panther have all been scratched from the Gauteng flagship, for which a new sponsor was announced on Thursday.

Many of the runners on the log will be in action at the Peermont Emperors Charity Mile meeting today so the table could look a lot different next week.

Camphoratus – following same programme this season (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

One of the highly placed Summer Cup contenders running today is the Robbie and Shannon Hill-trained Camphoratus who caused a massive upset when beating Horse Of The Year  Oh Susanna’s in last season’s Gr1 Empress Club Stakes.

“She travels to Johannesburg on Thursday and will stay there after the race,” confirmed Robbie Hill.

“She will basically contest the same races she did last season, with the Empress Club being her main race.

“She is doing very well at the moment and will come on from that last run. She desperately needed it,” he assured.

Considering Camphoratus was returning from a two-month layoff, she was far from disgraced when beaten 4.35 lengths by Tristful.

Her two impressive efforts before that – sixth in the Durban July and narrow second in the Grade 2 Gold Bracelet – surprised many, but not her trainer.


See the log of last week


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