TRAINER Mike de Kock withdrew five of his six Sun Met entries when supplementary entries closed and weights for the famous race were announced on Monday.
Noble Secret is the lone De Kock horse still standing for the R5-million contest to be run at Kenilworth on 26 January.
Justin Snaith, in contrast, accepted for his L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate day heroes Do It Again and Oh Susanna – who claimed the two Grade 1 title on offer at the weekend.
Snaith has also accepted with Made To Conquer, second to Do It Again in last year’s Durban July. But the champion trainer has yet to make up his mind on his other entries – Saturday’s Peninsula Handicap (Grade 2) winner Doublemint (photo), Elusive Silva, and Platinum Prince.
Multiple Equus Horse of the Year Legal Eagle is among nine older horses allocated top weight of 60kg under the weight-for-age conditions.
Do It Again, whose merit rating was upped to 125 following his Queen’s Plate triumph, will carry 59.5kg – along with other four-year-old males.
A total of 22 horses remain in contention for final line-up, with a maximum of 20 runners permitted.
De Kock’s scratching were: Buffalo Bill Cody, Cascapedia, Like A Panther, Takingthepeace and Hawwaam.
Final declarations are due at 11am on Monday 14 January and the final field will be announced after that.
The barrier draw function will coincide with the SA Hall Of Fame announcement on Wednesday 16 January.
Entries with weights, are:
0 Legal Eagle (7G) 60 121 AT Sean Tarry
0 Head Honcho (5G) 60 114 AT Andre Nel
0 Elusive Silva (6G) 60 109 A Justin Snaith
0 Hat Puntano (ARG) (5H) 60 109 A Joey Ramsden
0 It’s My Turn (6G) 60 108 A Dean Kannemeyer
0 Made To Conquer Accepted (5G) 60 108 A Justin Snaith
0 Milton (7G) 60 108 A Bill Prestage
0 Kampala Campari (5G) 60 107 A Andre Nel
0 Platinum Prince (5G) 60 101 BA Justin Snaith
0 Do It Again Accepted (4G) 59.5 125 A Justin Snaith
0 Undercover Agent (4C) 59.5 120 A Brett Crawford
0 Rainbow Bridge (4G) 59.5 119 A Eric Sands
0 Tap O’ Noth (4C) 59.5 112 BA Vaughan Marshall
0 Eyes Wide Open (4C) 59.5 111 A Glen Kotzen
0 Doublemint (4C) 59.5 104 A Justin Snaith
0 Noble Secret (4G) 59.5 102 A Mike de Kock
0 Infamous Fox (AUS) (4G) 59.5 101 A Candice Dawson
0 Sabina’s Dynasty (5M) 57.5 106 A Paul Peter
0 Fort Ember (6M) 57.5 98 A Paul Peter
0 Oh Susanna (AUS) Accepted (4F) 57 121 A Justin Snaith
0 Lady In Black (4F) 57 117 A Dennis Drier
0 Hashtagyolo (4F) 57 101 A Dean Kannemeyer