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
(1,2,9) (4,7,8,10)

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  

Reserve Runners

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.

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