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Sponsor Ensures Spring Feature Stakes Increases In 4Racing Jurisdictions
Big Sponsor Commits To “Spring Series”
Today, leading global online betting and gaming brand Betway and 4Racing are springing into the Summer season, with an exciting collaboration that will see Betway sponsor 13 race days on the Highveld and Eastern Cape, which includes exciting bonus incentives and stakes increases.
The Betway Spring Series sponsorship of 13 race meetings kicks off this Friday 1 September at Fairview with the Betway Jockey Club Stakes and concludes with the Joburg Spring Challenge at Turffontein on 7 October 2023, creating a fun ‘Spring into Summer’ Series leading up to the showpiece R5 million 2023 Betway Summer Cup at Turffontein on Saturday 25 November 2023.
Betway have also agreed to sponsor the Gr3 Graham Beck on the Allied Steelrode On A Mission Charity Mile race day on Saturday 28 October, while Betway will also be headline sponsors of the Victory Moon Stakes race day on Saturday 5 November.
The first Princess Charlene Of Monaco Foundation Water Bike Challenge took place in 2017 on the French Riviera (Picture: seemonaco.com)
“Striker” To Represent Horseracing In Sun City’s Water Bike Challenge
To date the foundation’s Water Bike Challenge events have been staged on the French Riviera, with the inaugural event being a 21 km race from Nice to Monaco.
2017 : Nice – Monaco
2018 : Port of Monaco
2020 : The Crossing : Calvi – Monaco
2022 : Port of Monaco
The Water Bike Challenge regularly attracts VIPs and sporting stars.
Part-owner Ashwin Reynolds shows his gratitude to Cala Muretta after she had won the Gr 2 World Pool With Gold Circle Debutante (Candiese Lenferna).
Cala Muretta To Start Campaign In Diana Stakes
Listed Devon Air Stakes winner Secret Identity is being rested on the farm and will be returning to her Milnerton yard at the end of this week to join her Gr 2 World Pool With Gold Circle Debutante-winning contemporary Cala Muretta.
Unbeaten Sovereign State being led in after his second career victory today (Candiese Lenferna Photography)
Sovereign State Makes It Two From Two
The Frank Robinson-trained Sandown Stud-bred Sovereign State confirmed his classic promise at Hollywoodbets Greyville today by winning the Sherrif’s Star Conditional Novice over 1600m despite carrying topweight.
The Visionaire gelding impressed on debut when coming from an impossible position to beat a hot field over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.
He is out of a Fort Wood mare and his third dam is a half-sister to Durban July winner Royal Chalice, so Frank took the bold step of putting him over 1600m in just his second career start in today’s polytrack meeting at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
He was accorded a 92 merit rating after his debut and faced just four other runners today, including three other sophomores who were rated from 81 to 90.
Robert Khathi retained the ride and Sovereign State only went off as joint second favourite at 33/10 because the money came for Canford Ice, who when stepped up to 1600m in his fifth start won by 5,80 lengths.
Khathi initially relaxed the bay at the back of the field before switching him out to run one out and one back with cover.
Sovereign State was green in the straight but when asked to fetch the horse whoi looked the winner, Purpleninjaturtle, he stretched out to win by a neck.
Frank said, “I asked Robert to ride him confidently because he is a good horse, so he sat a bit quietly and he was also a bit green as well. But top horses can get away with it and he just had to give him one smack and he took off again, so you can’t ask for more than that. I haven’t done a lot with him since his last win, but he’s going to be a top horse I’m sure.”
Frank will give him one more run before taking him up to the Highveld to run in the Gr 3 Graham Beck Stakes over 1400m on October 28 and the Gr 2 Dingaans over 1600m on November 25.
Sovereign State is owned by a big supporter of the Robinson yard, Sid Moodley, and the latter also owns two other promising three-year-olds in Star Of The Future and Mexican Pete.
Mexican Pete won by 2,50 lengths on debut over 1400m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly.
However, Frank is particularly excited about Star Of The Future and said, “He ran second in a 1000 and he’s a Futura! One more stride he would have won. He’s a magnificent horse … big horse … strong horse … he could be anything.”
Sid Moodley has about 15 three-year-olds and 15 two-year-olds with Frank and the ones who have come out to date all look decent.
Frank said, “When you buy a lot of horses you can get some that are not too good, so thank goodness they all seem alright.”
Sid’s young string have made such a good start that the Robinson yard find themselves in joint second-place in the KZN Trainers championship with six wins achieved at a high strike rate of 37.50%.
Bright Blue Sky draws away from Veldskoen to win at odds of 50/1 under Anthony Andrews at Hollywoodbets Durbanville today (Picture: Wayne Marks).
Gareth van Zyl Gets Off The Mark In Hot Class 4 Event
Gareth van Zyl has big ambitions in Cape Town and he has got off to a good start with two seconds and a win with his first five runners in this new campaign.
The first win came quite unexpectedly today as the Jay Peg gelding Bright Blue Sky won a hotly contested class 4 event over 1250m at odds of 50/1 under Anthony Andrews.
The four-year-old gelding certainly did not look like a 50/1 shot as he mowed down a couple of big names in the final stages.
The favourite was Boogiefied, an Andre Nel-trained Sabine Plattner Australian homebred by USA Triple Crown winner Justify.
In the closing stages Boogiefied was being mastered by the promising sort Veldskoen when Bright Blue Sky swooped.
The gelding had been superbly placed by Andrews in a handy position from a tricky draw of seven and got a nice tow into the straight by Veldskoen.
He overtook the latter with big strides in the shadow of the post to win by 0,40 lengths.
Boogiefied finished a disappointing sixth.
A New QuickMix Option Added
TAB4Racing is delighted to announce that its range of QuickMix bets has been expanded with the addition of a daily BiPot QuickMix.
Corinne Bestel Honoured At Hollywoodbets Greyville
Corinne Bestel (pictured above with the bouquet) was honoured at Hollywoodbets Greyville today having retired after 35 years in thoroughbred training.
The Clairwood and then Summerveld trainer is the daughter of the former top Durban-based trainer Eileen Bestel.
She started out as assistant to her mother.
She then took out her own license in 1994.
Corinne was particularly renowned for her horse care skills.
That reputation might not have done her too many favours in the long run because she would often be sent problematic horses.
Two of her biggest supporters were Georgie Buchanan (floral shirt) and Eric Buhr (standing behind her).
(Picture: Candiese Lenferna).
Yeni And Wright Continue Hot Form With Treble and Double Respectively
Muzi Yeni increased his lead in the SA Jockeys National log with a treble on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly today and Alyson took the lead in the KZN Trainers Championship with a double.
Wright has had seven wins this season in KZN at a strike rate of 16.67% and is one ahead of Duncan Howells (25%) and Frank Robinson (37.50%).
Yeni has had 29 wins (21.97%) around the country this season, 15 of them in KZN, and he is ten clear of Richard Fourie, who had a double down in Cape Town today.
Fourie/Stewart Double, Orffer Double
Richard Fourie rode a double for Mike Stewart at Hollywoodbets Durbanville today and Corne Orffer also rode a double.
Fourie goes to 18 wins for the season achieved at a strike rate of 17.14%.
He is now eleven behind national log leader Muzi Yeni, who rode a treble in Durban today.
Orffer is on six wins at 24%.
Stewart is on three wins at 25%.
Which great race between three horses in 1877 (pictured above, source: loc.gov) shut down the US Congress for a day.
Question answer at the bottom of the newsletter
The owners of Ten Broeck and Tom Ochiltree would later blame their losses on coughs they allegedly exhibited before the race. Both stallions retired to stud duty at the end of the year, though neither became drastically influential on the breed. Parole lived until the day before his 30th birthday and upon news of his death in 1903, the Baltimore Sun reprinted its recap of The Great Race in his honor. All three horses were later inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.