Trainer Sean Tarry has got four runners in Saturday’s Grade 2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile over 1600m at Turffontein and they could feature prominently in the outcome.
In fact, his runners “top and tail” the weights as Tierra Del Fuego carries top weight of 60kg with Cornish Pomodoro at the bottom with 52kg. His other two are last year’s Gauteng Summer Cup winner Zillzaal, and filly Victoria Paige.
He also has a string of top jockeys riding his quartet with Gavin Lerena on Tierra Del Fuego, Aldo Domeyer on Zillzaal, Luke Ferraris aboard Victoria Paige and Lyle Hewitson on Pomodoro.
Justin Snaith leads the group of raiders with Michaelmas Handicap winner Crown Towers. This son of Camelot raced in the Grade 1 Champions Cup over 1800m at Greyville in August and has t be a strong contender. Grant van Niekerk takes the ride.
Brett Crawford, who like Snaith, operates a yard in KZN from where they are raiding the Highveld. Crawford has Hudoo Magic who is quoted at 25-1 for Saturday’s race.
Paul Peter has two runners with decent form in Riverstown and Astrix. The former has been priced up joint favourite with Crown Towers at 13-2 and will be ridden by Piere Strydom.
Every horse will be running for a charity and it will be a great payday for all 16 charities represented as they will be sharing in a R1-million pool.
The organisation that draws the winning horse will go home with R150,000. The second-placed horse will result in their charity receiving R100,000, R75,000 will be given to the charities represented by the third and fourth-placed horses, and all the other participating charities will receive cheques for R50,000.
To make the day a lot more fun, each charity will be represented by a celebrity. This year eight celebrities will be involved, and each will support two charities.
The celebrities invited are former WBA Junior Lightweight champion Brian Mitchell, Platinum selling singer Zahara, jazz and Afro-pop singer Judith Sephuma, actress Itumeleng Bokaba, racing commentator Nico Kritsiotis, hilarious sports comedian Shampoonaiza and former Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi.
Brian Mitchell will represent Lesedi Programme – Carpentry and Titans Sky Blues Trust; Zahara has Lesedi Star School – Vosloorus and Lesedi Programme – Electrical; Judith Sephuma has EEP Chambers of Commerce Trust – (Tembisa Print) and Lesedi Programme – Air Conditioning; Lucky Lekgwathi will be with Stars Schools – Springs and Soweto Animal Rescue & Advisory Centre; Itumeleng Bokaba has EP Chambers of Commerce Trust – (Masinga Embroiders) and the Animal Anti-Cruelty League; Rian van Heerden will be supporting the Highveld Horse Care Unit and Lesedi Programme – Plumbing; Shampoonaiza will be entertaining people from Peermont Education Trust and Animal Allies Rescue; while Nico Kritsiotis has Peermont Education Trust and the National Horse Trust.
Final field for the Grade 2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile R175,000 over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday.
1 – 14 TIERRA DEL FUEGO (S G Tarry) G Lerena 60.0
2 – 13 ZILLZAAL (S G Tarry) A Domeyer 59.0
3 – 9 INFAMOUS FOX (C Dawson) T Godden 58.0
4 – 7 RIVERSTOWN (P A Peter) P Strydom 57.0
5 – 17 GREEN HAZE (A G Laird) D Schwarz 57.0
6 – 12 CROWN TOWERS (S J Snaith) G van Niekerk 56.5
7 – 1 HERO’S HONOUR (G M Alexander) C Zackey 55.0
8 – 18 TRISTFUL (A J Rivalland) D De Gouveia 55.0
9 – 16 ASTRIX (P A Peter) W Kennedy 53.5
10 – 11 MAGIC SCHOOL (G M Alexander) S Khumalo 53.5
11 – 3 VICTORIA PAIGE (S G Tarry) L J Ferraris 53.5
12 – 6 YOUCANTHURRYLOVE (F P Habib) C Maujean 53.5
13 – 2 CHARLES (M F De Kock) C Murray 53.0
14 – 5 HUDOO MAGIC (B Crawford) M Yeni 52.0
15 – 19 ORPHEUS (M/A Azzie) M V’Rensburg 52.0
16 – 4 CORNISH POMODORO (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 52.0
17 – 10 TREE TUMBO (S G Tarry) Reserve 1 52.0
18 – 15 SILVER GOD (S G Tarry) Reserve 2 52.0
19 – 8 CATEGORY FOUR (G J Maroun) Reserve 3 52.0
Same Trainer: (1,2,11,16,17,18) (4,9) (7,10)