The feature race emphasis changes to Gauteng this Saturday, with both the WSB Gauteng Guineas, and Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas being run at Turffontein.
These Gr2 contests over 1600m are the first leg of the Triple Crown and Triple Tiara
Giving the ladies pride of place…only seven have accepted for the Fillies Guineas,
presumably due to the fact that this level weights contest looks something of a match between Stuart Pettigrew’ s Anything Goes and Paul Matchett’s War Of Athena.
They have met on three previous occasions, with Anything Goes 2-1 up. But War Of Athena triumphed most recently in the Gr3 Three Troikas a month ago, ending the undefeated record of her rival in the process.
Anything Goes however was returning from a three-month break, and conceded a kilo, so should have every chance of overturning that 1,75 length reverse.
And the NHA handicappers agree, as both are rated 120, 14 points (equivalent to 7kg)
superior to Gee For Go and Miss Elegance, who are both on a mark of 106.
This looks like being a fight to the death.
Colts race more open
The colts version could be more open, but Mike de Kock has wheeled out both of his big guns.
Mount Pleasant appeared a superstar in the making before inexplicably flopping in the Gr2 Dingaans trying this trip for the first time. Obviously his trainer doesn’t feel the distance was the issue.
Similarly Malmoos was undefeated before running way below par when unplaced in the Cape Guineas. Both are proven top class and now have points to prove.
Paul Peter’s Catch Twentytwo is another who commands maximum respect. He has won the Dingaans and Gr3 Tony Ruffel in his last two outings, and is clearly still on the upgrade. Gavin Lerena is back from Cape Town to ride him.
Another with obvious claims is Second Base. Johan Janse van Vuuren’s Gimmethegreenlight gelding has only lost one of six starts, and cruised in under top weight in the Gr3 Sea
Cottage Stakes last time.
Those look the main protagonists, as Turffontein prepares to welcome owners back in style.
A three pronged feature card is completed by the Gr3 Wilgerbosdrift Tommy Hotspur Handicap over 1000m. –tt
Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr2) R300,000, 15:30 (all carry 60kg)
No Dr MR Trainer Jockey
1 6 Anything Goes 120 Stuart Pettigrew R Simons
2 4 War Of Athena 120 Paul Matchett M Yeni
3 7 Gee For Go 106 Paul Matchett S Khumalo
4 2 Miss Elegance 106 Lucky Houdalakis P Strydom
5 5 Caralluma 103 Sean Tarry L Hewitson
6 1 Castle Durrow 93 Lucky Houdalakis C Zackey
7 3 Only The Brave 84 Paul Matchett K Matsunyane*
WSB Gauteng Guineas (Gr2) R525,000, 16:10 (all carry 60kg)
No Dr MR Trainer Jockey
1 6 Mount Pleasant 127 Mike de Kock C Murray
2 2 Catch Twentytwo 116 Paul Peter G Lerena
3 1 Malmoos 114 Mike de Kock LJ Ferraris
4 7 Second Base 112 J A Janse van Vuuren C Maujean
5 3 Copper Mountain 109 J A Janse van Vuuren R Danielson
6 9 Bingwa 106 Dorrie Sham P Strydom
7 5 Eliud 102 Candice Dawson S Khumalo
8 8 Kingsley’s Heart 101 Weiho Marwing W Marwing
9 4 Namib Desert 85 Paul Peter C Zackey