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Picture: Colloidal Gold, who won on Wednesday at Kenilworth, is by Gold Standard who is in second place in the Freshman Stallion standings. (Wayne Marks).
 
The NHA confirmed that the Freshman Stallion Championship is decided on stakes and not number of winners.
 
They also confirmed restricted race stakes do not count.
 
Nevertheless, Maine Chance Farms freshman stallion Erupt is well clear on all counts, so should have it wrapped up.
 
He has had eight winners of ten races and stakes earnings of R983,250.
 
Nearest rival Gold Standard has had four winners of four races and stakes earnings R311,500.
 
Next best is Royal Mo with three winners of three races and earnings of R249,925.
 
Both Erupt and Gold Standard have had winners this week with the David Nieuwenhuizen-trained Eyjaffjallajokull yesterday and the Vaughan Marshall-trained Colloidal Gold on Wednesday.
 
Eyjaffjalljokull is entered in the Grade 1 R500,000 Premiers Champion Stakes.
 
Gold Standard has two fillies in the Grade 1 R500,000 Thekwini Stakes, the Glen Kotzen-trained Hold My Hand and the Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Golden Hostess.
 
However, even winning the lion’s share of the Thekwini Stakes pot  will not enable Gold Standard to close the gap on Erupt.
 
Golden Hostess is also entered in the Grade 2 The Debutante, but so is the Corne Spies-trained Erupt filly Flowerbomb, who is also entered in the Grade 2 R200,000 Umkhomazi Stakes.