Beeechamwood Boy cruises to victory over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville today (Wednesday) to record a hattrick, all under Keagan de Melo, and a fifth career win overall (Candiese Leneferna).
From Smuts To Beechamwood Boy – Lovely Racing Story
It was a decision of great foresight, because these days it is considered most prestigious to own solid colours.
Picture Credit: BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport
EU AUDIT UPDATE
In order to update stakeholders on the EU audit process, DALRRD (Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development) and SAEHP (SA Equine – Health and Protocol Exports From South Africa) can confirm that the draft EU report for the audit conducted in October 2022 has been received.
DALRRD is currently reviewing the report and will provide comments on the report’s findings to the EU auditors.
Once the final report has been received, an Action Plan will be drawn up to address the resulting recommendations for any corrective action.
This is the next step in the finalisation of the audit process.
DALRRD and SAEHP are pleased with the progress to date.
Golden Ducat, Trip Of Fortune Among Derby Day Entries at Turffontein
Cape Town-based trainer Candice Bass-Robinson has nominated Grade 2 Green Point Stakes winner Trip Of Fortune for the Grade 1 Wilgerbosdrift HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday 1 April.
The four-year-old Trippi gelding last ran in the Grade 2 Diadem Stakes over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth and finished a 1.40-length third behind Bereave.
Also among the entries is two-time Grade 1 winner Golden Ducat who is now with Mike de Kock.
Golden Ducat, a half-brother to both Hawwaam and Rainbow Bridge, was out of action for a year due to an injury but the son of Philanthropist appears to be coming back to form and finished just 2.90 lengths behind Jet Dark in the World Sports Betting Cape Met.
One would imagine the R2-million Premier’s Champions Challenge over 2000m on Saturday 29 April is his main mission.
Three-year-old Anfields Rocket, winner of the Grade 1 WSB SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein, is not among the entries for the Grade 1 WSB SA Derby over 2450m but Grant Maroun’s charge has been nominated to run in the Horse Chestnut Stakes.
There are 14 entries for the SA Derby, including Billy Bowlegs who finished third in the SA Classic and Listed Derby Trial winner Son Of Raj.
Winners of both the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, Lady Of Power and Bless My Stars respectively, are among the nominations for the Grade 2 Wilgerbosdrift Bridget Oppenheimer SA Oaks.
The Derby and Oaks are the final legs of the WSB SA Triple Crown and the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara but with different winners of the first two legs in both events, neither will be won this year.
Supplementary entries close at 9am on Monday 27 March with declarations by 11am on Tuesday 28 March.
WSB SA DERBY (Grade 1)(3 year olds (3rd Leg SA Triple Crown)) R1,500,000 2450m
9 AFRICAN TORRENT (M/A Azzie) 60.0
11 BILLY BOWLEGS (A G Laird) 60.0
6 EAST COAST (M F De Kock) 60.0
7 ELECTRIC GOLD (S G Tarry) 60.0
10 EYE OF THE PROPHET (P F Matchett) 60.0
1 FUTURE PEARL (S G Tarry) 60.0
12 GOOD COUNCIL (A B Fortune) 60.0
13 GREENBACKCURRENCY (W H Marwing) 60.0
2 JET DYNASTY (S G Tarry) 60.0
5 PARIS PIKE (R A Hill) 60.0
4 RIVER ROMEO (P F Matchett) 60.0
3 RULE BY FORCE (J A Soma) 60.0
14 SON OF RAJ (W H Marwing) 60.0
8 TOP SAIL (P F Matchett) 60.0
HF OPPENHEIMER HORSE CHESTNUT STAKES (Grade 1)(Weight for Age) R1,000,000 1600m
1 BINGWA (J J van Vuuren) 60.0
9 GOLDEN DUCAT (M F De Kock) 60.0
5 IRISH TRACTOR (B Crawford) 60.0
7 MK’S PRIDE (R R Sage) 60.0
8 PUERTO MANZANO (J J van Vuuren) 60.0
12 RED SAXON (J A Soma) 60.0
10 TRIP OF FORTUNE (C Bass-Robinson) 60.0
3 VANDERBILT (A P Peter) 60.0
11 WILLIAM ROBERTSON (C Spies) 60.0
2 ANFIELDS ROCKET (G J Maroun) 57.5
13 SPARKLING WATER (M F De Kock) 57.5
4 THUNDERSTRUCK (S G Tarry) 57.5
6 UNDER YOUR SPELL (S G Tarry) 57.5
WILGERBOSDRIFT BRIDGET OPPENHEIMER OAKS (Grade 2)(For 3 year-old Fillies (3rd Leg of SA Triple Tiara)) R750,000 2450m
12 BLESS MY STARS (S G Tarry) 60.0
13 EMIRATE GINA (R R Magner) 60.0
6 HIGH ROLLER (C Binda) 60.0
4 IPSO FACTO (A B Fortune) 60.0
2 LADY OF POWER (M/A Azzie) 60.0
5 LIGHT OF DAY (P F Matchett) 60.0
11 LITTLEMARYSUNSHINE (M F De Kock) 60.0
10 NAMAQUA BLOSSOM (M N Houdalakis) 60.0
8 NONE OTHER (M N Houdalakis) 60.0
3 RARATONGA ROSE (M N Houdalakis) 60.0
9 RED MAPLE (S G Tarry) 60.0
1 RENY (B Crawford) 60.0
7 SILVER HILLS (S G Tarry) 60.0
Baffert ‘Was Hoping For Inside Draw,’ But Grammer Draws 14 In World Cup
by Dubai Racing Club
The cards fell wildly for the favored horses at the barrier draw for the 27th Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates.
There were audible gasps early in the ceremony as defending champion Country Grammer drew gate 14 of 15, leaving Frankie Dettori with a tactical headache on what will be his final start in the race.
Saudi Cup hero Panthalassa will break from the widest stall of all in 15, with the added intrigue that Yoshito Yahagi’s representative is a confirmed frontrunner.
And the drama didn’t end there, as Algiers, winner of the first two rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge, drew stall 13.
A trio of fancied Japanese-trained runners are housed inside, with Jun Light Bolt in stall three, Vela Azul in five, and Ushba Tesoro in eight.
Connections reactions to the draw:
Algiers, drawn 13
HAIL THE CHAMP: Galopin Des Champs with owner Audrey Turley and trainer Willie Mullins during Tuesday night’s homecoming parade through the Carlow village of Leighlinbridge. Picture: Niall Carson/PA
Hero’s welcome for Galopin Des Champs
The Cheltenham Gold Cup hero enjoyed a homecoming parade through the Carlow village of Leighlinbridge on Tuesday evening.
Lovely Photos From Wilgerbosdrift Stud Farm
Pictures Above and Below taken at Wilgerbosdrift Stud farm (
De Melo Hattrick
The subject horse enjoying his retirement (wikipedia).
Cigar wins the inaugural Dubai World Cup in 1996. (America’s Best Racing).