MIKE Azzie-trained Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes winner Querari Falcon (photo) spearheads the 18 entries for the Gr1 World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas.
Also in entry for the 1600m Kenilworth Classic, to be run on Saturday 3 December, is She’s A Giver, who made a winning return for Johan Janse van Vuuren in the Grade 3 Princess Charlene Of Monaco Starling Stakes at Turffontein earlier this month.
Sail is also among the race’s top three nominations. This Dennis Drier-trained filly won at the course on Wednesday last week after finishing an unlucky second in the Grade 2 Choice Carriers Championship. The winner of that race, Mike de Kock-trained Ektifaa, has also been entered but is rated 2kg inferior to Sail.
Other notable nominations include Final Judgement, third in the Choice Carriers and winner of the Grade 2 Gold Slipper at Greyville on Vodacom Durban July Day.
Alec Laird-trained Maleficent could add to a powerful Gauteng challenge, while champion trainer Sean Tarry has entered Saturday’s impressive Lanzerac Stakes winner Safe Harbour as well as Visuality, who is drawn only two from the outside. She’s A Giver and Sail have also been done no favours by the draw.
The Grade 2 Green Point Stakes and Cape Merchants have been moved to the Fillies Guineas card this year and the former, over 1600m, promises to be a cracker with the mouth-watering prospect of Legal Eagle being taken on by Triple Crown hero Abashiri and Champions Cup winner Marinaresco. Captain America and stable companion Sail South as well as Black Arthur add to the high-class nature of the field.
Brilliant sprinter Red Ray, racing for his final season, faces a stiff task in the Cape Merchants as he is asked to shoulder 62kg and give a minimum of 2.5kg to the rest, who are headed up by Brett Crawford-trained Gulf Storm and Tevez, who is a Cape Merchants specialist having won the race twice before.
Supplementary entries for all three races close on Wednesday and the final fields will be announced the following day.
Entries for the R1-million World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas (Grade 1) over 1600m:
3 Querari Falcon (3F) Mike Azzie 60 104
18 She’s A Giver (3F) Johan Janse van Vuuren 60 104
15 Sail (3F) Dennis Drier 60 102
8 Final Judgement (3F) Glen Kotzen 60 99
7 Maleficent (3F) Alec Laird 60 99
4 Dawn Calling (3F) Duncan Howells 60 98
6 Ektifaa (AUS) (3F) Mike de Kock 60 98
16 Visuality (3F) Sean Tarry 60 96
2 Safe Harbour (3F) Sean Tarry 60 94
13 Just Sensual (3F) Joey Ramsden 60 92
5 Captain Gambler (3F) Joey Ramsden 60 91
17 Felicity Flyer (3F) Candice Bass-Robinson 60 91
10 Red Light Girl (3F) Justin Snaith 60 90
11 Whose That Girl (3F) Candice Bass-Robinson 60 90
12 Smokey Affair (3F) Michael Robinson 60 86
1 #Quick Brown Fox (AUS) (3F) Brett Crawford 60 82
9 Lady Of the House (3F) Brett Crawford 60 80
14 The High Life (3F) Dennis Drier 60 78