Ready For Earth Hour?

Fairview - first race off at 12h05

The second leg of the World Sports Betting East Cape Poly Challenge (Non-Black Type) will be run at Fairview today, and with the consolation bonus in his sights, Juan Nel’s Earth Hour takes on the well-weighted first leg winner, Viking Moon.

Alan Greeff’s charge won the first leg over 1200m last month and is now being aimed at the R250 000 bonus for any runner who can win all three legs.

Juan Nel saddles Earth Hour today

Today’s race is over 1400m with the third and final leg over 1600m, to be run on Friday 7 May.

Henk Steenkamp writes that Earth Hour has the least points of the three Nel horses after the first leg but is the only one that runs today.

Juan Nel is very happy with the two points Earth Hour received for running fifth over 1200m in the first leg.

R80 000 1400m 15:28 Ref-395
1st R48000, 2nd R20000, 3rd R8000, 4th R4000
Open (2nd Leg East Cape Poly Challenge)
WFA: 2yrs-12kgs 3yrs-2.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
1 1 Viking Moon 62 111 A Greg Cheyne Alan Greeff
2 2 Earth Hour 62 107 TCA Luyolo Mxothwa Juan Nel
3 7 Marmara Sea 62 106 TCA Richard Fourie Alan Greeff
4 4 The Highway Man 59.5 96 A Marco V’Rensburg Gavin Smith
5 8 Philos 58 88 T A Teaque Gould Alan Greeff
6 3 Dubula 56.5 85 T A Kendall Minnie Alan Greeff
7 6 Var’s Boy 55 77 BA Lyle Hewitson Gavin Smith
8 5 Quintay (ARG) 53.5 76 A Stallone Naidoo Sharon B Kotzen
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,3,5,6) (4,7)

“The Poly Challenge is his mission. I thought he ran very well in the first leg,” Nel said of the seven-year-old gelding.

The 1400m of the second leg and the mile in the final leg on 7 May will suit Earth Hour much better.

Luyolo Mxothwa resumes his partnership with Earth Hour after he rode What A Winner in the first leg.

There is a R250 000 bonus on offer to the connections of any horse who can win all three legs.

The consolation bonus of R50,000 is to be paid for the horse that performs the best in the Challenge, however horses must participate in all three legs and win at least one leg.

Points allocation for the consolation bonus are: 1st 10, 2nd 6, 3rd 4, 4th 3, 5th 2 and 6th.

Today’s Fairview first race is off at 12h05.

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