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Turffontein, 30 March 2013

Both Tellina and Cherry On The Top, winners of the Gauteng Guineas and Gauteng Fillies Guineas respectively, have been entered for the big races on SA Classic Day, Saturday 30 March at Turffontein.

The R2-million SA Classic over 1800m is the second leg of the SASCOC SA Triple Crown, while the R1-million SA Fillies Classic forms the second leg of the Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara. The first legs were the Gauteng Guineas and Gauteng Fillies Guineas, while the final legs - the SA Derby and SA Oaks - will be run on Champions Day, 27 April.

Tellina, who is highly rated by the Geoff Woodruff yard, went into the Gauteng Guineas a well-backed 6-1 chance with a rating of 88. The handicappers took a dim view of his 0.50-length victory over War Horse and upped his rating to 100, making him the second highest-ranked runner on the list of entries for the Classic. Francois Bernardus, only sixth in the Guineas, is at the top of the ratings, 0.5kg better than his Guineas conqueror.

Tellina and Francois Bernardus drew at Nos 11 and 12 respectively and should start from single-figure stalls. War Horse will start on their outside, while Alexandra Palace, one of the big fancies in the Guineas but only ninth, has drawn almost on the paint at No 2.

Should Tellina also win the SA Classic, he stands in line to win the R2-million Triple Crown bonus for any horse who wins all three legs. There is a R1-million bonus for the filly who wins all three of the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara races, the Gauteng Fillies Guineas, the SA Fillies Classic and the SA Oaks, and Cherry On The Top is a filly who could well lift the additional prize.

The Ormond Ferraris-trained daughter of Tiger Ridge has a top-class record of six wins from nine career starts and her dam, Carolina Cherry, won the SA Oaks in 2001. She is the top-rated horse on the list of entries by two lengths and has drawn well at No 3.

Gauteng Fillies Guineas runner-up, Do You Remember, is the second top-rated runner at 100 and Woodruff’s filly will also have her supporters if she is declared to run when final acceptances fall due on 20 March. There is an additional entry stage for the two races, on Monday 18 March.

Extract from Tab News

SA CLASSIC (Grade 1)
Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

# Horse MR Dr Trainer
1 FRANCOIS BERNARDUS 101 12 Tyrone Zackey
2 TELLINA 100 11 Geoff Woodruff
3 LOVE STRUCK 99 6 Paul Lafferty
4 KILLUA CASTLE (AUS) 98 25 Geoff Woodruff
5 WAR HORSE 98 13 Corne Spies
6 GITIANO 97 3 Alec Laird
7 NO WORRIES 97 16 Gavin van Zyl
8 FANTASTIC MR FOX 96 26 Paul Matchett
9 GRAY’S CHAMP 95 28 Gavin van Zyl
10 SABADELL 94 24 Geoff Woodruff
11 EMERALD APPROACH 93 9 Mike de Kock
12 SWIFT AND STRONG 93 21 Sean Tarry
13 ALEXANDRA PALACE 92 2 Mike de Kock
14 ROCK OF ARTS (AUS) 92 18 Weiho Marwing
15 AMERICAN STORM 91 27 Spike Lerena
16 SAFE HOUSE 91 10 Mike Azzie
17 BAY OF BENGAL 89 15 Mike Azzie
18 CANNON 88 19 Mike de Kock
19 ROCK COCKTAIL (AUS) 88 1 Mike de Kock
20 TEQUILA SUNRISE 86 20 Mike de Kock
21 THE KING AND I 86 4 Sean Tarry
22 WILD ONE 85 23 Jeff Freedman
23 COOKIE MONSTER 84 22 Roy Magner
24 TOP COMMAND 83 8 Sean Tarry
25 VITRUVIAN MAN 83 14 Weiho Marwing
26 SAVAGE WIND 82 7 Joe Soma
27 WYLIE HALL (AUS) 82 5 Weiho Marwing
28 ROYAL LANCE (AUS) 75 17 Wieho Marwing

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

# Horse MR Dr Trainer
1 CHERRY ON THE TOP 104 3 Ormond Ferraris
2 DO YOU REMEMBER 100 10 Geoff Woodruff
3 KING’S TEMPTRESS 99 8 Kumaran Naidoo
4 FIRE WHEEL 95 14 Sean Tarry
5 JET BELLE 94 1 Robbie Sage
6 DYLAN’S PROMISE (AUS) 91 5 Charles Laird
7 ORATOR’S DAUGHTER 91 11 Alec Laird
8 NEGEV 90 13 Louis Goosen
9 SKY PIRATE 88 2 Weiho Marwing
10 AL KINDI 87 4 Mike de Kock
11 AMBER ORCHID (AUS) 81 6 Sean Tarry
12 CAT’S GAME 80 9 Stanley Ferreira
13 SECRET OBSESSION 80 12 Geoff Woodruff
14 WALKING ON THE MOON 78 7 Weiho Marwing

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

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