THE question on everyone’s lips is the same. Will a Triple Crown winner emerge this year?
The picture will be clearer after the running of the Betting World Gauteng Guineas (Gr 2) at Turffontein Racecourse on 4 March on a day that also includes the annual Joburg Prawn Festival.
Strong intentions are being made known by the yards of reigning champion trainer Sean Tarry who has four of the 10 runners in the field while Mike De Kock, Triple Crown winner with the legendary Horse Chestnut, will saddle three horses on the day.
One of the other high-profile acceptors is Doosra, the cleverly named inmate from the Johan Janse van Vuuren stable, and will be looking to live up to some of the promise shown early on in his career.
The Triple Tiara, reserved exclusively for fillies, sees 14 top-class horses take their place in the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr 2) with several standouts including Safe Harbour, Ektifaa and Orchid Island (headline photo).
The Joburg Prawn Festival will add to the buzz on the day with fun for the entire family lined up and will offer a relaxed setting to take in the horseracing action while getting stuck into a delicious offer of R199 per kg of prawns. There will also be a number of other food vendors, including the popular Al’s Chuck Wagon on the day to ensure that everyone is catered for.
The children will be kept entertained with a number of activities and it promises to be the perfect family day out.
Tickets for the Joburg Prawn Festival are available from Webtickets, Pick n Pay outlets, at the gate on the day or at www.itsarush.co.za. General access tickets are R30 for adults and R10 for Under-18s.
Three exciting events have been lined up for the Triple Crown with the Joburg Prawn Festival kickstarting the campaign before the Country Garden on Classic Day on 1 April and the Intercontinental Village on Champions Day which takes place on 6 May.
FINAL FIELDS ARE:
BETTING WORLD GAUTENG GUINEAS (Grade 2), R1-million, 1600m.
For 3 year-olds (1st Leg SA Triple Crown)
1 10 HEAVENLY BLUE (AUS 60.0 100 BA C Murray Mike de Kock
2 7 JANOOBI 60.0 100 A P Strydom Mike de Kock
3 8 DOOSRA 60.0 98 A G Lerena Johan J v Vuuren
4 9 MATADOR MAN 60.0 96 A *L Hewitson Sean Tarry
5 1 CHILI CON CARNE 60.0 94 BA M V’Rensburg Lucky Houdalakis
6 2 UNAGI 60.0 94 A A Fortune Gary Alexander
7 4 AL SAHEM 60.0 93 T A A Delpech Sean Tarry
8 5 FURIOSA (AUS) 60.0 90 A S Khumalo Sean Tarry
9 3 DAFFIQ 60.0 88 A R Simons Mike de Kock
10 6 TILBURY FORT 60.0 84 T A R Danielson Sean Tarry
Same Trainer – NOT COUPLED on Tote
WILGERBOSDRIFT GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS (Grade 2)
3yof (1st Leg Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara) 1600M
1 16 SAFE HARBOUR 60.0 108 A W Marwing Sean Tarry
2 14 EKTIFAA (AUS) 60.0 103 A C Murray Mike de Kock
3 4 MALEFICENT 60.0 99 A R Simons Alec Laird
4 15 ANNA PAVLOVA 60.0 93 A J P v’d Merwe Roy Magner
5 9 BABBLING BROOKE 60.0 93 A P Strydom Ormond Ferraris
6 7 LAST CHIRP 60.0 93 T A A Fortune St John Gray
7 10 ORCHID ISLAND 60.0 93 A A Delpech Mike de Kock
8 6 AL HAWRAA (AUS) 60.0 91 A M Yeni Mike de Kock
9 5 BEING FABULOUS (AU 60.0 91 A G Lerena Johan J v Vuuren
10 19 SMILING BLUE EYES 60.0 89 T A …………… Sean Tarry
11 1 POOL PARTY 60.0 88 A J Penny Roy Magner
12 12 SANTIBURI (AUS) 60.0 87 A C Maujean Robbie Sage
13 18 VISUALITY 60.0 87 T A *L Hewitson Sean Tarry
14 2 ELUSIVE STRIKE 60.0 86 A M V’Rensburg Stanley Ferreira
15 13 BELLE ROSE 60.0 85 A R Munger Mike de Kock
16 3 REDBERRY LANE 60.0 84 TBA S Khumalo Sean Tarry
17 11 BIBLICAL SUSAN (AU 60.0 82 A Reserve 1 Mike de Kock
18 17 ORIENTAL OAK 60.0 80 A Reserve 2 Robbie Sage
19 8 MY FRIEND LEE 60.0 78 A Reserve 3 Lucky Houdalakis
Same Trainer – NOT COUPLED on Tote
(1,10,13,16) (2,7,8,15,17) (4,11) (12,18)
Photo by JC Photos.