Picture : Greg Cheyne aboard the Dylan Cunha-trained Silver Sword
South African racing will be represented at the Newmarket feature meeting on Saturday through the Gaynor Rupert homebred Grand Providence, who is by Nathaniel out of the SA-bred dual Gr 1 winner Same Jurisdiction (Mambo In Seattle), and through Dylan Cunha and Greg Cheyne.
Grand Providence is a three-year-old filly trained by Andrew Balding and she will be ridden by Hayley Turner in the famous Cesarewitch, a Heritage Handicap event over two miles and two furlongs with a first prize of £103,080. A maximum field of 34 face the starter and Grand Providence, who is bred and owned by Gaynor Rupert’s overseas breeding operation Cayton Park Stud Limited, is 10/1 joint second favourite having won the Cesarewitch Trial over the same Rowley Mile course and distance. She runs in the same blue colours with a white square that are the colours for Rupert’s Drakenstein Stud in South Africa.
Cunha and Cheyne team up with Silver Sword in the Gr 3 Earthlight Darley Stakes over a mile and a furlong. Silver Sword won a big Heritage Handicap over a mile at the York Ebor meeting and was not disgraced last time out at Sandown when beaten 3,25 lengths by the famous horse Chindit in a Listed race over a mile. Chindit is a Gr 2 winner and gained notoriety recently when trying to bite Modern Games as the latter passed him late to win the Gr 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
Cheyne is the regular pilot for Silver Sword, who carries joint bottom weight of 9 stone 1 pound in the ten horse field and is quoted at 11/1.
They jump from draw seven in the one mile one furlong event down the Rowley Mile straight.