A fantastic entry of 28 powerful stayers, including the first six horses past the post in the R500 000, Grade 3 DStv Gold Vase that was one of the highlights of last Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July meeting, have been entered for South Africa’s most famous thoroughbred marathon event, the R1.25-million, Grade 3 eLAN Gold Cup, to be run over 3 200m at Greyville on Saturday, July 28.

Having been rejected as a contender for the Vodacom Durban July, the Dean Kannemeyer-trained Dynasty gelding It’s My Turn ran out a comfortable winner of the DStv Gold Vase to follow up on an equally easy win in the Track & Ball Derby at Scottsville two weeks previously. He is now aiming to complete the staying treble and if successful, possible the title of Champion Stayer of the country.

The result of the DStv Gold Vase saw just 1.6 lengths covering the first five horses across the line with the Alyson Wright-trained three-year-old Go Deputy filly Flichity By Farr at 16-1 surprising many punters when running an outstanding race to fill second place to It’s My Turn by 1.25 lengths. Behind her came Alec Laird’s Ideal World gelding Sheet Weaver at 30-1, One Direction from the Justin Snaith stable at 14-1 and Kannemeyer’s lesser fancied runner One Man Show at 28-1.

All five have been nominated to face each other again in the eLAN Gold Cup where they could well meet the star stayer Hermoso Mundo that won the race last year and a host of other top stayers that together will make the famous marathon event one of the most competitive in many decades.

They include Lonsdale Stirrup Cup winner Made To Conquer that finished second to Do It Again in the Vodacom Durban July and runner-up in the Lonsdale, Strathdon. Let It Rain won the Gold Bowl at Turffontein and Frikkie was second to Plano in the 3 600m PE Gold Cup at Fairview and both are entered for the Greyville 3 200m event.

Just Cruised In won the Caradoc Gold Cup ahead of Kitty’s Destiny before running second to Let It Rain in the Gold Bowl where he again just finished ahead of Kitty’s Destiny. The three are among the entries for the eLAN Gold Cup along with Track & Ball Oaks winner Witchcraft.

The eLAN Gold Cup meeting is expected to attract another huge crowd with the festive atmosphere and competitive racing throughout the day encouraging strong punter support resulting in massive betting pools, particularly for the popular exotic bets.

Entries are:

eLAN GOLD CUP (Grade 3) R 1,250,000  3200m  
WFA: 3yrs-3.5kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs

15 MADE TO CONQUER    (4G) 60.0 108   Justin Snaith
10 IT’S MY TURN       (5G) 59.5 106   Dean Kannemeyer 
 8 LET IT RAIN        (5G) 59.5 106   Ashley Fortune
19 CROWD PLEASER      (4C) 59.0 105   J A Janse van Vuuren
13 HERMOSO MUNDO      (5G) 59.0 104   Weiho Marwing
23 MASTER’S EYE       (6G) 58.5 102   Justin Snaith
20 WITCHCRAFT         (5M) 58.5 102   Sean Tarry
 5 STRATHDON          (4G) 58.0 102   Justin Snaith
 7 DARK MOON RISING   (4G) 57.5 101   Paul Lafferty
 2 WILD WICKET        (4G) 56.5  97 B Duncan Howells
14 COOL CHARDONNAY    (6G) 56.5  96   Weiho Marwing
25 KITTY’S DESTINY    (5G) 56.0  95 B Joe Soma
26 FLICHITY BY FARR   (3F) 55.5 100   Alyson Wright
 9 ONE MAN SHOW       (4G) 55.5  95 B Dean Kannemeyer
27 PAGODA             (4G) 55.5  95 B Geoff Woodruff
 4 EPONA              (4F) 55.0  93 B Joey Ramsden
18 JUST CRUISED IN    (4G) 54.5  91 B Chesney van Zyl
24 ROY’S RIVIERA (AUS (3F) 54.0  96 B Frank Robinson
28 DESERT WISDOM      (4G) 53.0  87   Jacques Strydom 
 1 ONE DIRECTION      (4G) 52.5  86 B Justin Snaith
22 ROYAL UTOPIA       (4F) 52.5  85 B Candice Dawson 
11 PLANO              (4G) 52.0  83   Tara Laing
12 BALLYMAINE         (3G) 52.0  81 B I S Moore/D W Moore
 6 FRIKKIE            (6G) 52.0  81 B Jacques Strydom
16 SHEET WEAVER       (5G) 52.0  78   Alec Laird
17 TOP CLASSMAN       (3C) 52.0  77 B Frank Robinson
21 HADDINGTON         (5G) 52.0  65   Louis Goosen 
3 EASTERN PEARL      (4C) 52.0  56 B Tobie Spies       

Photo: It’s My Turn (Chase Liebenberg).