Picture: Kommetdieding, Jet Dark and Linebacker fighting out the Met finish. All three are entered in the Champions Cup (Wayne Marks).
Jet Dark, Kommetdieding To Renew Rivalry In Champions Cup
CHAMPIONS CUP (Grade 1)
|9||Al Muthana (AUS)||Mike de Kock||125|
|3||Crown Towers (AUS)||Justin Snaith||115|
|8||Jet Dark||Justin Snaith||130|
|4||Kommetdieding||HWJ Crawford/M Rix||128|
|10||Mk’s Pride||Paul Peter||122|
|7||Mount Anderson||Dean Kannemeyer||110|
|5||Puerto Manzano (ARG)||J A Janse van Vuuren||120|
|1||Russian Rock||Dean Kannemeyer||120|
|6||Waterberry Lane||Dean Kannemeyer||117|
Picture: Nebraas will be out to retain his Gold Cup crown (Candiese Lenferna)
Nebraas/Aragosta Entered In Gold Cup – One Way Traffic Scratched
Nebraas receiving the Equus Stayer’s award last season received criticism from some quarters because the Grade 1 SA Derby and WSB Triple Crown winner Malmoos thus went empty-handed.
This year there fortunately should not have to be that annual Gold Cup/Derby debate because WSB SA Derby winner Aragosta lines up.
Furthermore, Nebraas can prove a point because if is able to carry topweight to victory over a field that includes the SA Derby winner there can be no doubting he deserved his award last year.
He has proved himself a classy stayer who can carry big weights and he stays every inch of a two mile trip.
The five-year-old Vercingetorix gelding is merit rated 118, the same rating which three-year-old Aragosta has.
The weight for age allowance for a three-year-old over 3200m at this time of the year is 3.5kg.
Aragosta was a touch unlucky in the Hollywoodbets Durban July as he was unable to find a clear run in the straight.
He is an exciting entry in this race and will attempt to add to the credentials of his sire Rafeef.
One Way Traffic was also an exciting entry and was priced up joint favourite with Nebraas in the opening market. However, he was scratched later this afternoon.
GOLD CUP (Grade 3)
|12||Aragosta||Mike de Kock||118|
|9||Black Thorn||Sean Tarry||100|
|10||Crimson King||Glen Kotzen||108|
|8||Electric Surge||Robbie Hill||72|
|18||Flying First Class||David Nieuwenhuizen||78|
|2||Follow The Star||Glen Kotzen||93|
|15||Imperial Ruby||Corne Spies||104|
|22||One Way Traffic||SCRATCHED||111|
|20||Out Of Your League||Fabian Habib||102|
|24||Rex Union||Dean Kannemeyer||86|
|21||Salvator Mundi||Justin Snaith||100|
|23||Silver Maria||Dean Kannemeyer||95|
|1||Smoking Hot||Candice Dawson||100|
|11||Space News||Carl Hewitson||64|
|6||Spring Fling||Glen Kotzen||96|
Picture: Alesian Chief (Candiese Lenferna).
Alesian Chief Draws Well In The Mercury Sprint, Captain’s Ransom Entered
Big Burn (122) is also entered and is well drawn in three.
Last year’s winner Pearl Of Asia (112) has landed pole position.
MERCURY SPRINT (Grade 1)
|24||African Rain||Candice Bass-Robinson||119|
|28||After The Rain||Gareth van Zyl||98|
|7||Alesian Chief||Corrie Lensley||123|
|25||Anna Capri||David Nieuwenhuizen||109|
|19||Battle Force||Peter Muscutt||118|
|3||Big Burn||Paul Peter||122|
|26||Bohica||M G Azzie/A A Azzie||125|
|15||Captain Fontane||Garth Puller||105|
|4||Captain’s Ransom||Justin Snaith||124|
|8||Chimichuri Run||Sean Tarry||115|
|21||Cosmic Highway||Dean Kannemeyer||116|
|11||Eden Roc||Sean Tarry||110|
|23||Full Velocity||Sean Tarry||113|
|30||Gallic Princess||Candice Dawson||115|
|9||Good Traveller||Glen Kotzen||118|
|18||Homely Girl||J A Janse van Vuuren||108|
|31||Kayla’s Champ||Fanie Bronkhorst||103|
|12||Master Archie||Paul Peter||125|
|10||Mount Pleasant (AUS)||Duncan Howells||104|
|1||Pearl Of Asia||Robbie Hill||112|
|22||Pray For Rain||Dennis Drier||107|
|27||Prince Of Fire||J A Janse van Vuuren||114|
|33||Safe Return||Vaughan Marshall||105|
|17||Supreme Quest||Corne Spies||108|
|6||Tempting Fate||Dennis Drier||108|
|20||Ultra Magnus||Peter Muscutt||112|
|2||Val d’Orcia||Paul Peter||111|
|16||William Robertson||Corne Spies||117|
|32||Winter Stories||Paul Peter||114|
Paul Peter Looks Home And Hosed
Justin Snaith has the ante-post favourite in both of the R1 million events on Marshalls World Of Sports Gold Cup day.
In the Grade 1 Champions Cup he has Jet Dark and in the Grade 1 Mercury Sprint he has Captain’s Ransom.
However, the winning cheques for those two races only add up to R1,250,000.
He is R2,752,288 behind Paul Peter in the race for the national trainers championship at the time of writing.
Snaith does also have runners in other features, but the combined winning cheques of those races are not going to add up to the R1.5 million he will need to add to the R1,25 million.
Therefore, it is safe to state Peter cannot be caught.
Peter needs just two more wins to reach 216 for the season, which will surpass the record of 215 set by Sean Tarry in the 2016/2017 season.
Picture: Paul Peter with leading owner Mary Slack (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)
Picture: Cousin Casey (Candiese Lenferna)
Kotzen’s Pair Cousin Casey And Ameena Both Draw Wide
Glen Kotzen’s Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper winner Ameena (Quasillo) has drawn 29 out of 29 in the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes and his Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner Cousin Casey (Vercingetorix) has not fared much better in the Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes, drawing 34 out of 36.
Not only that but Grinkov and Countdown have drawn 30 and 32 respectively in the Champion Stakes.
However, there is some family cheer, because his Drakenstein homebred Hold My Hand has drawn three in the Thekwini, while his brother Nathan’s Golden Horseshoe runner up Royal Victory has drawn three in the Champion Stakes.
The one-two in the BSA Sales Cup for colts and geldings, Mover And Shaker and Now I Got You, are both in the Champion Stakes and drawn 19 and 13 respectively.
The winner of the BSA Sales Cup for fillies, Feather Boa, is entered in the Thekwini but has drawn wide in 28.
The runner up in that race, Canadian Summer, has drawn two and will attempt to give the Ivan and Darryl Moore yard their first Grade 1 winner since Fighting Warrior won the Golden Horseshoe on July day in 2011.
River Queraress is an interesting entry in the Thekwini. She finished third in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship, but is bred to go this trip. She has drawn quite well in 13 depending on how it cuts up.
Golden Slipper runner up Woodland Retreat has drawn wide.
Impressive Highveld fillies Gobsmacked, None Other and Lady Of Power are other notable entries.
Another interesting Thekwini entry is today’s debut winner Shantastic (Rafeef), a stablemate and half-sister to the Dean Kannemeyer-trained stalwart Waterberry Lane.
Itsrainingwilliam and Mercantour are among the notable entries in the Champion Stakes.
Maharanee, who undid her impressive unbeaten record by pulling in the Golden Slipper, is entered in both the Thekwini and Champion Stakes as is her stablemate River Queraress.
PREMIERS CHAMPION STAKES (Grade 1)
|29||Billy Bowlegs||Alec Laird||0|
|34||Captain Casey||Tony Rivalland||0|
|20||Cousin Casey||Glen Kotzen||0|
|23||Drop Of Time||J A Janse van Vuuren||0|
|10||Electric Gold||Paul Peter||0|
|28||Golden Prospect||Sean Tarry||0|
|24||In With A Chance||Dennis Drier||0|
|9||Laguna Verde||Lucky Houdalakis||0|
|33||Lovers Lane||J A Janse van Vuuren||0|
|1||Miss Daisy||Billy Ruiters||0|
|19||Mover And Shaker||Fabian Habib||0|
|13||Now I Got You||Corrie Lensley||0|
|22||Port Louis||Brett Crawford||0|
|2||Quantum Theory||Robbie Sage||0|
|5||Ready To Fly||Mike de Kock||0|
|8||Ridgerunner||J A Janse van Vuuren||0|
|6||River Queraress||Paul Peter||0|
|3||Royal Victory||Nathan Kotzen||0|
|21||Stepping Out||David Nieuwenhuizen||0|
|11||Superior Force||Michael Miller||0|
|12||Swing Upon A Star||Paul Peter||0|
|26||Thambi||M G Azzie/A A Azzie||0|
|16||Wiccan Warrior||Gareth van Zyl||0|
|25||Without Equal||Sean Tarry||0|
THEKWINI STAKES (Grade 1)
|20||Antigua Night||Sean Tarry||0|
|6||Bless My Stars||Paul Peter||0|
|5||Butterfly Beauty||Justin Snaith||0|
|2||Canadian Summer||Darryl Moore||0|
|14||Eau De Vie||Carl Hewitson||0|
|28||Feather Boa||Stuart Pettigrew||0|
|24||Girl Of Tregunter||Peter Muscutt||0|
|1||Gobsmacked||J A Janse van Vuuren||0|
|18||Golden Hostess||Candice Bass-Robinson||0|
|3||Hold My Hand||Glen Kotzen||0|
|16||I Am Regal||Paul Peter||0|
|19||Ipso Facto||Ashley Fortune||0|
|27||Kill Shot||Fanie Bronkhorst||0|
|23||Lady Of Power||Joe Soma||0|
|8||Littlemarysunshine||Mike de Kock||0|
|10||Miss Cool||Paul Peter||0|
|7||Miss Daisy||Billy Ruiters||0|
|9||None Other||Lucky Houdalakis||0|
|25||Only Hearts||Michael Miller||0|
|15||Orarari Gold||Corrie Lensley||0|
|12||Princess Ozma||Wendy Whitehead||0|
|22||Ready To Fly||Mike de Kock||0|
|13||River Queraress||Paul Peter||0|
|21||Rock The Fox||Sean Tarry||0|
|4||Time Fo Orchids||Sean Tarry||0|
|26||Woodland Retreat||Michael Miller||0|
CTS Launched New Website Today
Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) has redesigned their website and it was launched today on Monday, 11 July 2022.
CTS’s site administrator Cheryl Cawcutt commented before the launch: “We will be launching with a fresh new look and improved functionality features for site users, including online entry forms in addition to the downloadable versions.”
Grant Knowles, MD of CTS, said: “The new site is in line with the latest trends in website functionality, and a part of our commitment to delivering the best possible experience to our clients.”
Top Quality Among 11 In CTS Horses In Training Sale (Turffontein 16 July)
Click Below To View The 11 Lot Catalogue
Captain Lannister, the consistent and lightly raced classic performer, is one of nine lots to be sold at a Horses In Training Sale after the race meeting at Turffontein on Saturday, 16 July, which will be conducted under the auspices of Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS).
Lot 4, Captain Lannister, is a son of Captain Of All from Ashley Fortune’s yard, who showed his talent early with a fourth in the 2021 G1 Gold Medallion over 1200m, won from 1000m – 1450m, and then proved his scope and versatility with an excellent and close–up third to Red Saxon and Safe Passage in the G1 SA Classic over 1800m.
Also from Fortune Racing is Lot 1, Winter Smoke, a fast and classy, multiple–Graded winner by What A Winter, with bold black type and a good female line, and has good paddock value.
While two-year-old Gimme The Flame (Lot 2) has not won a race in six starts, she has good form to show against high class sorts Prophet and Time Fo Orchids (both G2 placed on July Day), and her first taste of success is not far off. As a daughter of Gimmethegreenlight out of a Captain Al mare, she already has future broodmare potential.
Lot 3 is Galla Vanting, the smart unbeaten daughter of Querari, and winner of the G3 Pretty Polly Stakes; all class, and set for a top career.
Lot 5 is Rosy Lemon, an unraced filly by Ideal World from a mare by Strike Smartly, bred for ground from the family of Meranti, and related to eight-time winner Amazing Strike.
Lot 6, Lidl Miss Sunshine, is a beautifully bred daughter of Silvano and a mare by Fastnet Rock. She has shown ability with an early 1400m win from just six starts, and promises more.
Lot 7, Funky Music (Capetown Noir), has won three races, with 14 places to his credit. His most recent win came at the Vaal late in May. He has not raced since, but is a perennial bread-and-butter handicapper, with more in his tank at four years of age.
Lot 8, Edward Longshanks is a perfect fun horse, with a win and six places from 15 starts, a consistent low handicap form, and who will win more races. He is by William Longsword out of a mare by leading broodmare sire, Var.
Lot 9 is the five-year-old mare Before The Dawn, whose record shows 7 wins and, still, an apparent zest for racing. She is a quality sprinter by Oratorio out of a mare by Var, with a good stud value, and she may well win again before she departs to a broodmare barn.
CTS MD Grant Knowles said: “This is a small sale of horses in training in which quality and much promise is reflected in the race records and pedigrees. With two weeks to go, we will keep the entries open, as this sale will attract a good share of buyers.”
Picture: The unbeaten Grade 3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Galla Vanting (Querari) (JC Photos).
Entry Form For CTS Ready To Run
& Unbroken Two Year Old Sale 2022
29 October 2022
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Daniel Muscutt Scores First Group Win
Kennedy Ok, Will Be Back On Thursday
Venniker Comes Back In Admirable Style
Picture: Shantastic after winning on the Hollywoodbets Greyville Poly (GTV via Youtube)
Waterberry Lane’s Half-Sister By Rafeef Wins On Debut
Which distance record is often considered in America to be unbreakable.
See Answer At The End Of Newsletter
Picture: The horse in question pictured winning the Suburban Handicap.