HIGHVELD trainer Weiho Marwing will bid to win the unofficial “stayers triple crown” when he saddles his four-year-old Ideal World gelding Hermoso Mundo (headline photo) for the R1.25-million, eLan Gold Cup over 3 200m at Greyville in Durban on Sunday, July 30.

The gelding has won the 3 200m Gold Bowl at Turffontein and the Grade 3 SABC Gold Vase over 3 000m at Greyville in his last two starts and will confirm his status as the country’s champion stayer if he can lift the ultimate marathon challenge title on the second day of the Gold Cup Festival of Racing Weekend at the Theatre of Champions at the end of the month.

Marwing has proved time and again that he is one of the best conditioners of long distance runners and with brother Weichong in the saddle for this important encounter, Hermoso Mundo has a good chance of completing the treble. The record shows that the further they go the more he loves it and in winning the Gold Bowl he humiliated his opposition in winning by 5.25 lengths.

Completing the treble may not be that easy in the eLAN Gold Cup where he will meet, among other top stayers, the four-year-old Captain Al gelding from the Justin Snaith stable, Captain Splendid, that beat Hermoso Mundo by about a head only to be denied victory in the steward’s boardroom after an objection in the SABC Gold Vase. Piere Strydom, a master at judging pace, retains the ride on Captain Splendid and this time his mount will be 2kg better off in the weights with the Marwing runner.

Hermoso Mundo received a six-point penalty for his win in the SABC Gold Vase while Captain Splendid escaped a penalty and the difference could well have its effect over the extra 200m of this race.

But both could be upstaged by the Mike de Kock-trained Australian-bred gelding Kinaan, the four-year-old son of one of the world’s leading sires Galileo, that finished third in the SABC Gold Vase just 1.55 lengths behind the other two. He is again set to carry the low weight of 52.5kg which will be in his favour over this longer trip with top rider Callan Murray, back from a stint in Hong Kong, in the irons.

Others that could feature in the finish are Krambambuli, Mr Winsome, Trophy Wife, Banner Hill and Zante but it is the top three finishers in the SABC Gold Vase that could hold the aces in what should be a great race to bring the curtain down on South Africa’s Champions Season 2017.

Here is the final field:

Sc# Horse               Mass   MR       Draw   B  A  T  Jockey         Trainer

1   KRAMBAMBULI         60.0  107 (107)   10      A     B Fayd’Herbe   Justin Snaith
2   COOL CHARDONNAY     59.0  104 (104)    1   B  A  T  K Zechner      Weiho Marwing
3   MR WINSOME          58.0  102 (101)   16      A     W Kennedy      Dean Kannemeyer
4   TROPHY WIFE         57.5   99 ( 99)   13      A     S Khumalo      Sean Tarry
5   BANNER HILL         57.0   99 ( 98)    5      A     S Randolph     Glen Kotzen
6   ZANTE               57.0   98 ( 98)   17      A     G Lerena       Geoff Woodruff
7   ROYAL BADGE         56.5   97 ( 96)    8      A     R Fourie       Adam Marcus
8   HERMOSO MUNDO       56.0   96 ( 95)    6      A     W Marwing      Weiho Marwing
9   CAPTAIN SPLENDID    55.5   95 ( 94)    4      A     P Strydom      Justin Snaith
10  FRANCIA             55.5   94 ( 93)    9      A     G Cheyne       Justin Snaith
11  FORTISSIMA          55.0   93 ( 92)   19   B  A  T  A Delpech      Joe Soma
12  LET IT RAIN         54.5   92 ( 91)   18      A  T  M V’Rensburg   Weiho Marwing
13  ROYAL HONOUR        54.5   92 ( 91)    2   B  A     R Simons       Paul Matchett
14  THE ELMO EFFECT     54.5   91 ( 91)   14   B  A     C Zackey       Gary Alexander
15  MY WORLD            54.0   89 ( 89)   11      A     G van Niekerk  Candice Bass-Robinson
16  KINAAN              52.5   85 ( 84)    7   C  A     C Murray       Mike de Kock

Reserve Runners
17  SERISSA             56.0   95 ( 95)   12      A     Reserve 1      Sean Tarry
18  CAPE SPEED          56.0   96 ( 95)    3      A     Reserve 2      Dean Kannemeyer
19  HYAKU               53.5   87 ( 87)   15      A  T  Reserve 3      Sean Tarry

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