Sandringham Summit is entered in the R1 million Gr 2 Allied Steelrode On A Mission Charity Mile (Picture: Wayne Marks).
The Highveld’s star three-year-olds might bump heads in the open-company feature
Mike Moon (The Citizen)
The connections of the top Highveld three-year-olds, Main Defender and Sandringham Summit, obviously think very highly of their charges. Both horses have been entered for the Allied Steelrode-Onamission Charity Mile at Turffontein Standside on 28 October.
To throw young horses into top-level open company at this stage of their development is a strong statement of confidence.
And the two trainers, Tony Peter and David Nieuwenhuizen, are thinking along precisely the same lines. They’ve both also nominated their stars for the Graham Beck Stakes – an exclusively three-year-old race on the same card.
Barrier draws will be made on Friday and options will be weighed up. The Charity Mile purse is R1-million, the Graham Beck’s R400,000.
In the Graham Beck, a level-weight affair with penalties, Sandringham Summit has 60kg and Main Defender 59kg.
This follows their clash, as juveniles, in the Grade 1 Premiers Champion Stakes at Greyville – where Sandringham Summit whipped Main Defender by 2.40 lengths.
Sandringham Summit has not raced since that day in July, while Main Defender has had one outing – a notable victory in open company in the Grade 2 Joburg Spring Challenge.
Punters relishing seeing the pair clash again might get the showdown sooner rather than later.
Charity Mile entries
Dave The King (4C) 61.5 126 A Mike de Kock
Puerto Manzano (ARG) (6G) 60.5 123 BA J A Janse van Vuuren
Cousin Casey (4C) 59.5 122 BA Sean Tarry
Winchester Mansion (5G) 59.5 121 CA Brett Crawford
Second Base (6G) 59 120 XA Robyn Klaasen
Bingwa (6G) 58.5 119 BA e J A Janse van Vuuren
Humdinger (5M) 58.5 119 A Mike de Kock
Safe Passage (5G) 58.5 119 BAT Mike de Kock
William Robertson (5G) 58.5 119 JA Corne Spies
Bless My Stars (4F) 58 119 A Sean Tarry
Eye Of The Prophet (4G) 58 119 BA Paul Matchett
MK’s Pride (6H) 58 118 BA Tony Peter
Billy Bowlegs (4C) 57 117 A Brett Crawford
Future Pearl (4G) 56.5 116 AT Sean Tarry
Son Of Raj (4G) 56 115 BA Weiho Marwing
Shoemaker (4G) 55.5 114 BA Mike de Kock
Litigation (5G) 54 110 CAT Sean Tarry
East Coast (4C) 53.5 110 A Mike de Kock
Melech (4G) 53.5 110 A Roy Magner
Meridius (4G) 53.5 110 A Tony Peter
Union Square (4G) 53.5 110 BA Mike de Kock
Forever Mine (6G) 53.5 109 A Mike de Kock
Lady Of Power (4F) 53 109 AT M G Azzie/A A Azzie
Star Coin (4G) 53 109 BA Alec Laird
Tipsy Tarragon (4F) 52.5 108 PA Tony Peter
Marigold Hotel (5M) 52.5 107 HA Sean Tarry
Whafeef (5G) 52.5 107 A Stuart Pettigrew
Main Defender (3G) 52 121 A Tony Peter
Sandringham Summit (3C) 52 117 AT David Nieuwenhuizen
Atticus Finch (4G) 52 107 A Alec Laird
Sun Blushed (4G) 52 106 A Michael Roberts
Infinite Wonder (6G) 52 103 A Paul Matchett
Electric Gold (4G) 52 102 BA Tony Peter
River Romeo (4G) 52 101 A Paul Matchett
Another Level (5G) 52 98 A Candice Dawson
Running Rifles (5G) 52 95 A e Tony Peter
Juliet Tango (5M) 52 94 A Paul Matchett
Silent War (5G) 52 93 A Tony Peter