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Al Muthana, seen above after winning the L’Ormarins King’s Plate, will be defending his Gr 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge crown at Hollywoodbets Greyville on June 10 (Candiese Lenferna).

 

The Gr 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge entries are out and it is going to be a humdinger.

Charles Dickens will likely start favourite, despite being defeated by Al Muthana in the L’Ormarins King’s Plate. He is all class and will attract a number of people to the course just to clap eyes on him.
 
Gr 1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes winner Trip Of Fortune is among the entries too.
 
The Justin Snaith-trained Royal Aussie is a fascinating entry because his target for the season was a big sales race, the R7.5 million Gold Rush, which he won. He consequently avoided the big three-year-old events, but now gets a chance to show exactly how good he is. 
 
The classy Shoemaker will be making a late bid to qualify for the Hollywoodbets Durban July. That is if he does line up just two weeks after running fifth in the Gr 1 Daily News 2000.
 
Gimme A Prince is an interesting entry too, because this race falls just a week after the Gr 1 Golden Horse Sprint, for which he is the favourite despite having to carry topweight.
 
Event-1 R1 750 000 1600m (Turf)
GOLD CHALLENGE (Grade 1)
5 Al Muthana (AUS)   Ricky Maingard 132
10 Bingwa   J A Janse van Vuuren 122
4 Charles Dickens   Candice Bass-Robinson 132
12 Cosmic Highway   Dean Kannemeyer 113
1 Cousin Casey   Glen Kotzen 122
13 Do It Again   Justin Snaith 124
8 Gimme A Prince   Dean Kannemeyer 125
2 Rascallion   Vaughan Marshall 122
9 Royal Aussie   Justin Snaith 116
6 Russian Rock   Dean Kannemeyer 108
7 Safe Passage   Mike de Kock 124
11 Shoemaker   Mike de Kock 114
3 Trip Of Fortune   Candice Bass-Robinson 127
14 Zapatillas   Brett Crawford 122
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