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Puerto Manzano jumped from draw seven when winning last year’s Betway Summer Cup and this year he will have to overcome draw 16 and is five points higher in the merit ratings. (JC Photos)

Turf Talk

Atticus Finch is 1,5kg under sufferance in the Gr 1 R5 million Betway Summer Cup according to official merit ratings, yet is third favourite with the sponsor at 6/1. He drew best of the top three in the betting in barrier six.

The favourite, the Hollywoodbets Durban July winner Winchester Mansion, has drawn a middle draw of eleven, which is the sort of draw a lot of trainers prefer in a big 20 horse field as it does give one options.

Last year’s winner and second favourite this year Puerto Manzano has drawn 16, as opposed to seven last year.

Bless My Stars has a notable draw of two having jumped from pole position when third in the July.

The other single figure priced horse Cousin Casey drew 12.

The final field panellists had a simple task because only 21 horses stood their ground and it was easy to eliminate River Romeo, who was merit rated just 101.

Two horses who held top 20 positions on the final log, Nebraas and None Other, were late scratchings.

Nebraas will still run at the meeting in the ROA Stayers over 3200m.

The field and draws are below and the sponsors betting is below that.

Race-7 (Turf) R5 000 000 2000m 15:35 Ref-318
1st R2875000, 2nd R1000000, 3rd R500000, 4th R250000, 5th R125000, 6th R50000, 7th R50000, 8th R50000, 9th R50000, 10th R50000
WFA: 3yrs-8kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance

(NB. Draw is in the second column)

1 16 Puerto Manzano (ARG) 60 125 BA Gavin Lerena J A Janse van Vuuren
2 12 Cousin Casey 58.5 123 BA Grant van Niekerk Sean Tarry
3 11 Winchester Mansion 58 121 CA Kabelo Matsunyane Brett Crawford
4 10 Anfields Rocket 57 120 A Raymond Danielson Grant Maroun
5 2 Bless My Stars 56.5 119 A Richard Fourie Sean Tarry
6 3 Bingwa 56.5 118 BAe Serino Moodley J A Janse van Vuuren
7 9 Safe Passage 56 117 BA Luyolo Mxothwa Mike de Kock
8 7 Second Base 56 117 BA Kaidan Brewer Robyn Klaasen
9 13 Billy Bowlegs 55.5 117 A S’manga Khumalo Brett Crawford
10 19 Son Of Raj 54.5 115 BA Athandiwe Mgudlwa Weiho Marwing
11 1 Aragosta 54.5 114 A Jarryd Penny Mike de Kock
12 18 Shoemaker 54 112 A Diego De Gouveia Mike de Kock
13 6 Atticus Finch 54 111 A Calvin Habib Alec Laird
14 14 Royal Victory 54 111 A Muzi Yeni Nathan Kotzen
15 4 Zeus 54 111 A Denis Schwarz Fabian Habib
16 8 East Coast 54 110 A Juan Paul v’d Merwe Mike de Kock
17 17 Litigation 54 110 TCA Craig Zackey Sean Tarry
18 20 Meridius 54 110 A Philasande Mxoli Tony Peter
19 15 Lady Of Power 54 107 BA Chase Maujean M G Azzie/A A Azzie
20 5 Electric Gold 54 105 BA Jason Gates Tony Peter
Winchester Mansion 9/2
Puerto Manzano 5/1
Atticus Finch 6/1
Cousin Casey 7/1
Bless My Stars 8/1
Billy Bowlegs 16/1
Electric Gold 18/1
Safe Passage 20/1
Anfields Rocket 20/1
Litigation 25/1
Son Of Raj 28/1
Zeus 28/1
Bingwa 35/1
Aragosta 50/1
Meridius 50/1
Shoemaker 50/1
East Coast 66/1
Royal Victory 80/1
Second Base 100/1
Lady Of Power 300/1