Trainer Corrie Lensley said the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint winner would not make the journey down if he was “drawn anything outside of six or seven” and he has drawn seven out of 33 in a race which will cut up considerably.
 
The most interesting entry is Captain’s Ransom, who had nothing go right for her in the Brentford F.C. Garden Province Stakes, having won the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint brought to you by The Witness before that. She has drawn well in four, so Justin Snaith will be tempted to run her.
 
All the big gun sprinters from around the country are entered with the notable exception of Rio Querari.
 
The other two joint highest rated sprinters in the land, the 125-rated Grade 1-winning pair Bohica and Master Archie, are both among the entries.
 

Big Burn (122) is also entered and is well drawn in three.

Last year’s winner Pearl Of Asia (112) has landed pole position.

The entries: 

R1 000 000 1200m (Turf)
MERCURY SPRINT (Grade 1)
24 African Rain   Candice Bass-Robinson 119
28 After The Rain   Gareth van Zyl 98
7 Alesian Chief   Corrie Lensley 123
29 Ambiorix   Vaughan Marshall 102
25 Anna Capri   David Nieuwenhuizen 109
19 Battle Force   Peter Muscutt 118
3 Big Burn   Paul Peter 122
26 Bohica   M G Azzie/A A Azzie 125
15 Captain Fontane   Garth Puller 105
4 Captain’s Ransom   Justin Snaith 124
8 Chimichuri Run   Sean Tarry 115
21 Cosmic Highway   Dean Kannemeyer 116
11 Eden Roc   Sean Tarry 110
23 Full Velocity   Sean Tarry 113
30 Gallic Princess   Candice Dawson 115
9 Good Traveller   Glen Kotzen 118
18 Homely Girl   J A Janse van Vuuren 108
31 Kayla’s Champ   Fanie Bronkhorst 103
12 Master Archie   Paul Peter 125
10 Mount Pleasant (AUS)   Duncan Howells 104
1 Pearl Of Asia   Robbie Hill 112
13 Petra   Robbie Hill 88
22 Pray For Rain   Dennis Drier 107
27 Prince Of Fire   J A Janse van Vuuren 114
33 Safe Return   Vaughan Marshall 105
5 Smorgasbord   Paul Peter 118
17 Supreme Quest   Corne Spies 108
6 Tempting Fate   Dennis Drier 108
20 Ultra Magnus   Peter Muscutt 112
2 Val d’Orcia   Paul Peter 111
16 William Robertson   Corne Spies 117
32 Winter Stories   Paul Peter 114
14 Zarina   Candice Bass-Robinson 111
(33)

 

Picture: Alesian Chief (Candiese Lenferna). 

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