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Champion’s Day, English 2000 Guineas,
Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Kentucky Derby
No doubt there are other contenders for the title, but in the sum of the events scheduled for the next fortnight, they don’t get much bigger. This weekend alone, South Africa presents Champion’s Day at Turffontein, featuring the Summerhill graduate Igugu’s tilt at the first Triple Tiara in history, the SA Derby, the Champion’s Cup and the Computaform Sprint (all Gr1), among eight graded stakes on the card. The United Kingdom stages the first of their Classics, the Colts and Fillies versions of the Guineas, and Hong Kong celebrates the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Sunday, with South African connected entries, Mike de Kock’s River Jetez and Herman Brown’s Gitano Hernando, among the fancies.
And then the Americans get busy on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 May with their Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby respectively, and for which you will get first hand coverage from Summerhill’s personal representatives at Churchill Downs. There’s a local connection in the Oaks, where Drakenstein Stud’s Trippi, has the ruling favourite, R Heat Lightning.
All of these races will be featured in video form on this site, so that our fans can satisfy their thirst for the best in the business.