RUNNERS from the stables of Sean Tarry and Mike de Kock dominate the entries for the R1-million Betting World Gauteng Guineas and the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas, both Grade 2 races, over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday 4 March.
Tarry has nominated six to run in the Guineas and four for the Fillies Guineas while De Kock has entered five horses for the Guineas and six for the fillies event. However, De Kock does have an overlap as fillies Ektifaa and Orchid Island have been nominated for both events.
Both have run against and beaten the boys and they do get a 2.5kg sex allowance in the Guineas. However, Ektifaa, winner of Saturday’s Tony Ruffel Stakes (Grade 3) at Turffontein has drawn widely for both races and that could leave De Kock with a quandary. Orchid Island drew No 9 of 18 for the Guineas but No 13 of 30 entries in the fillies Guineas
De Kock had further bad news when Heavenly Blue drew widest of all for the Guineas but the good news for the yard is that Daffiq drew No 4 and Janoobi No 8.
The news was no better for Tarry as Matador Man (headline photo) drew No 15 in the Guineas while Safe Harbour, at 108 the highest merit-rated runner in both fields, has landed up at No 21 in the fillies’ race. However, his unbeaten colt, Al Sahem drew beautifully at No 5.
The Guineas is the joint first leg of the SA Triple Crown while the Fillies Guineas is the joint first leg of the Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara. The Grade 1 Cape Guineas and Fillies Guineas are also considered for the first leg of both events.
Doosra, who had to give weight all round but still managed to finish third in Saturday’s Tony Ruffel, drew No 11.
The R7-million SA Triple Crown for three-year-olds is the richest series of races in Africa. The other two legs are the R2-million SA Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday 1 April and the R2-million SA Derby (Grade 1) over 2450m at Turffontein on Saturday 6 May.
A bonus of R2 million will be paid to owner of any horse who can win all three legs. So far three horses have achieved this – Horse Chestnut in 1999, Louis The King in 2014 and Abashiri last year.
The other legs of the Triple Tiara are the R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m and the R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks (Grade 2) over 2450m. These are run on the same day as the Classic and Derby respectively.
A bonus of R1 million will be paid to the owners of any filly who wins all three legs of the Triple Tiara. Two fillies have earned the bonus – Igugu in 2011 and Cherry On The Top in 2013.
Supplementary entries close at 11am on Monday 20 February while declarations must be in by 11am on Thursday 23 February.
The final fields will be embargoed and announced on TellyTrack.
Entries: R1-million Betting World Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2) over 1600m:
|18||Heavenly Blue (AUS)||(3C)||Mike de Kock||60.0||100|
|8||Janoobi||(3C)||Mike de Kock||60.0||100|
|11||Doosra||(3C)||Johan Janse van Vuuren||60.0||98|
|15||Matador Man||(3G)||Sean Tarry||60.0||96|
|2||Chili Con Carne||(3G)||Lucky Houdalakis||60.0||94|
|5||#Al Sahem||(3C)||Sean Tarry||60.0||93|
|6||Furiosa (AUS)||(3C)||Sean Tarry||60.0||90|
|16||Winter Is Coming||(3C)||Frank Robinson||60.0||90|
|12||Life Is Good||(3G)||Mike Azzie||60.0||89|
|4||Daffiq||(3C)||Mike de Kock||60.0||88|
|1||Copper Pot||(3C)||Sean Tarry||60.0||87|
|7||Tilbury Fort||(3C)||Sean Tarry||60.0||84|
|13||Military Award||(3G)||Weiho Marwing||60.0||74|
|17||Ektifaa (AUS)||(3F)||Mike de Kock||57.5||103|
|9||Orchid Island||(3F)||Mike de Kock||57.5||93|
Entries: R500,000 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2) over 1600m:
|21||Safe Harbour||(3F)||Sean Tarry||60.0||108|
|19||Ektifaa (AUS)||(3F)||Mike de Kock||60.0||103|
|20||Anna Pavlova||(3F)||Roy Magner||60.0||93|
|12||Babbling Brooke||(3F)||Ormond Ferraris||60.0||93|
|10||Last Chirp||(3F)||St John Gray||60.0||93|
|13||Orchid Island||(3F)||Mike de Kock||60.0||93|
|8||Al Hawraa (AUS)||(3F)||Mike de Kock||60.0||91|
|6||Being Fabulous (AUS)||(3F)||Johan Janse van Vuuren||60.0||91|
|24||Smiling Blue Eyes||(3F)||Sean Tarry||60.0||89|
|1||Pool Party||(3F)||Roy Magner||60.0||88|
|15||Santiburi (AUS)||(3F)||Robbie Sage||60.0||87|
|17||Belle Rose||(3F)||Mike de Kock||60.0||85|
|4||Redberry Lane||(3F)||Sean Tarry||60.0||84|
|7||Red Pomegranate (AUS)||(3F)||Mike de Kock||60.0||83|
|16||#Grande Roche (AUS)||(3F)||Geoff Woodruff||60.0||82|
|14||Biblical Susan (AUS)||(3F)||Mike de Kock||60.0||80|
|22||Oriental Oak||(3F)||Robbie Sage||60.0||80|
|18||Delightful Dancer||(3F)||David Nieuwenhuizen||60.0||79|
|3||Elusive Strike||(3F)||Stanley Ferreira||60.0||78|
|11||My Friend Lee||(3F)||Lucky Houdalakis||60.0||78|
|2||Rouge Allure||(3F)||Stephen Moffatt||60.0||78|