|ALEXANDRA PALACE||92||Mike de Kock|
|AMERICAN STORM||97||Spike Lerena|
|ASTRO NEWS||102||Charles Laird|
|BEACH BEAUTY||112||Dennis Drier|
|BIG CITY ANGEL||89||Gavin van Zyl|
|BULSARA||102||Gavin van Zyl|
|CAPETOWN NOIR||110||Dean Kannemeyer|
|CAYMAN ISLAND||98||Yogas Govender|
|CHERRY ON THE CAKE||94||Gavin van Zyl|
|CHERRY ON THE TOP||112||Ormond Ferraris|
|DO YOU REMEMBER||101||Geoff Woodruff|
|ENCHANTED KINGDOM||100||Paul Peter|
|FOURTH ESTATE||92||Colin Scott|
|GALILEO’S DESTINY||105||Mike de Kock|
|GENERAL SHERMAN||93||Sean Tarry|
|GLORIOUS JET||98||St John Gray|
|GOLD ONYX (NZ)||104||Sean Tarry|
|GOLDEN CHATEAU (AUS)||101||Duncan Howells|
|HAMMIE’S DYNASTY||92||Mike Bass|
|HEAVY METAL||111||Sean Tarry|
|HILL FIFTY FOUR||112||Vaughan Marshall|
|ICE MACHINE||109||Garth Puller|
|ILHA BELA||98||Mike de Kock|
|IZORA||98||Mike de Kock|
|JET AGLOW||101||Glen Kotzen|
|KING OF PAIN||104||Joey Ramsden|
|KNOCK ON WOOD||107||Ormond Ferraris|
|LIANCOURT ROCK (AUS)||102||Dean Kannemeyer|
|LOCKHEED JETSTAR||95||Geoff Woodruff|
|LOVE STRUCK||103||Paul Lafferty|
|MASTER PLAN||110||Alec Laird|
|MASTER SABINA||88||Geoff Woodruff|
|MUJAARIB (AUS)||108||Mike de Kock|
|PATRIOTIC REBEL||95||Mike de Kock|
|PIERRE JOURDAN||100||Gary Alexander|
|POTALA PALACE||100||Mike Azzie|
|PRICELESS JEWEL||86||Adam Marcus|
|PUNTA ARENAS||100||Stan Elley|
|PUTNEY FLYER||96||Weiho Marwing|
|RED FORT||98||Geoff Woodruff|
|RUN FOR IT||106||Justin Snaith|
|SAFE HOUSE||89||Mike Azzie|
|SANSHAAWES||99||Mike de Kock|
|SEAL||108||Gavin van Zyl|
|SHOGUNNAR||106||Gavin van Zyl|
|SILENT PARTNER||94||Mike de Kock|
|SILVER SPRING||77||Gavin van Zyl|
|TEQUILA SUNRISE||86||Mike de Kock|
|TERRITORIAL WATERS||90||Tony Rivalland|
|THUNDER DANCE||106||Brett Crawford|
|TIME OF SONG||80||Deon Visser|
|TRIBAL DANCE||107||Vaughan Marshall|
|TRUE MASTER||95||Justin Snaith|
|VERCINGETORIX||107||Mike de Kock|
|VERTICAL TAKEOFF||101||Sean Tarry|
|VIVA MARIA||102||Mike de Kock|
|WAR HORSE||98||Corne Spies|
|WHITELINE FEVER||109||Sean Tarry|
|WILD ONE||95||Jeff Freedman|
|WYLIE HALL (AUS)||98||Weiho Marwing|
|YER-MAAN||95||St John Gray|
Final Supplementary Entries : Monday 10 June 2013
Entries in Vodacom Durban July (171)
4 May 2013 - 27 July 2013
Champions Season in KwaZulu-Natal is a three-month feast of superior racing offering feature race stakes in excess of R23million in a programme of 45 Graded, Listed and special events, headed by Africa’s greatest racing spectacle, the R3,5million Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July. Champions Season launches on Saturday 4 May at Greyville, with the running of the Colts and Fillies Guineas, as well as the Drill Hall Stakes.
The great news is that the stakes pot for the Champions Season feature races has been given a R6million cash injection, which represents a 28% increase on previous levels. This news follows hot on the heels of Gold Circle’s announcement earlier this year of an across the board stakes increase of between 10% and 11% for all minor races in the province and the news that this year’s Vodacom Durban July will be run for a stake of R3,5 million, making it the richest horserace on the continent.
The biggest Champion Season increases are the R500,000 added to the Vodacom Durban July stake, while the Daily News 2000 also gets a R500,000 cash injection and this year will be run for a stake of R1,5 million. The stake for the Woolavington 2000, run on the same afternoon as the Daily News 2000, has been increased to R750,000. The stake for the Gold Cup, the country’s most important race for stayers and final feature of the season, also goes up by R250,000 and will carry a stake of R1,25million.
Other significant increases for the Grade 1 races include the Golden Horse Sprint and Mercury Sprint, now both worth R750,000, the SA Fillies Sprint, up R100,000 to R600,000 and the Garden Province Stakes, up R250,000 to R750,000.
Added to Champions Season this year is the KwaZulu-Natal Breeders’ Day scheduled for the Saturday before the July when the KZN Breeders Million Mile worth R1million will hold centre stage. The Million Mile will be backed up by seven other races, all with a stake of R200,000.
Running from the beginning of May to the end of July, Champions Season provides a comprehensive mix of events catering for all the needs of the thoroughbred population with major contests for two-year-olds, three-year-olds and the older horses from sprints through middle distance races to the strong-winded stayers.
Celebrating the importance of the classic races for three-year-olds, special meetings are staged for the KRA Guineas and KRA Fillies Guineas over the traditional 1600m as well as the Betting World Derby and Betting World Oaks over 2400m, races from which great champions of the future could emerge.
The four big Champions Season meetings are :
GOLDEN HORSE SPRINT RACEDAY
Saturday 25 May 2013
The only race meeting on the Continent featuring four Grade 1 sprint races, this day draws the finest sprinters in the country.
RISING SUN GOLD CHALLENGE RACEDAY
Saturday 8 June 2013
The Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge is an open weight-for-age race over 1 600m and a major event for horses seeking a run in the Vodacom Durban July.
VODACOM DURBAN JULY RACEDAY
Saturday 6 July 2013
There is not an owner, breeder, trainer, jockey and groom that has not conjured up dreams of winning Africa’s Greatest Horse Racing Event and for most, just to be involved in the prestigious event is something very special. If you have a runner you have a chance and that chance comes once a year and for most owners, possibly once in lifetime.
Supporting events on the day include the all-new KZN Breeders Juvenile Million. With a stake of R1million, it is for juveniles graduates from the KZN Yearling Sales and is run at level weights over 1300m.
The Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes is an important black type-earning event for fillies and mares at weight-for-age over 1600m for a stake of R750,000.
The Golden Horseshoe and Golden Slipper are Grade 1 events that each carry stakes of R600,000 and are for two-year-olds at level weights over 1400m.
The Grade 2 Gold Vase carries a R400,000 stake and is an open merit-rated handicap over 3000m.
The Grade 3 Campanajo 2200 is an open merit-rated handicap over 2200m with a stake of R300,000. Celebrating the first winner of the Vodacom Durban July in 1897, the field is usually made up mostly of runners that never made the final field for the premier event.
SUPER SATURDAY AND GOLD CUP
27 July 2013
The meeting brings Champions Season to a close in spectacular fashion with four Grade 1 races headed by the R1,25 million Gold Cup, an open handicap that is the greatest test for the cream of South African stayers over 3200m.
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|3||BEACH BEAUTY||5||Mare||112||Dennis Drier|
|4||HILL FIFTY FOUR||4||Gelding||112||Vaughan Marshall|
|5||MASTER PLAN||4||Gelding||111||Alec Laird|
|6||CAPETOWN NOIR||3||Colt||110||Dean Kannemeyer|
|7||WHITELINE FEVER||4||Gelding||109||Sean Tarry|
|9||MUJAARIB (AUS)||4||Colt||108||Mike de Kock|
|10||SEAL||5||Gelding||108||Gavin van Zyl|
|11||GALILEO’S DESTINY||5||Gelding||107||Mike de Kock|
|14||KING OF PAIN||3||Colt||106||Joey Ramsden|
|15||RUN FOR IT||5||Gelding||106||Justin Snaith|
|16||THUNDER DANCE||4||Filly||106||Brett Crawford|
|17||ICE MACHINE||4||Gelding||105||Garth Puller|
|18||TRIBAL DANCE||4||Colt||105||Vaughan Marshall|
|19||GOLD ONYX (NZ)||5||Gelding||104||Sean Tarry|
|21||LOVE STRUCK||3||Gelding||103||Paul Lafferty|
|23||PIERRE JOURDAN||6||Gelding||103||Gary Alexander|
|25||VIVA MARIA||4||Filly||103||Mike de Kock|
|26||ASTRO NEWS||4||Gelding||102||Charles Laird|
|27||BULSARA||6||Gelding||102||Gavin van Zyl|
|29||JET AGLOW||3||Filly||102||Glen Kotzen|
|30||LIANCOURT ROCK (AUS)||4||Gelding||102||Dean Kannemeyer|
|31||GOLDEN CHATEAU (AUS)||4||Colt||101||Duncan Howells|
|32||DO YOU REMEMBER||3||Filly||100||Geoff Woodruff|
|33||ENCHANTED KINGDOM||5||Mare||100||Paul Peter|
|34||HEAVY METAL||4||Gelding||100||Sean Tarry|
|35||POTALA PALACE||4||Colt||100||Mike Azzie|
|36||PUNTA ARENAS||4||Gelding||100||Stan Elley|
|37||GLORIUS JET||4||Gelding||99||St John Gray|
|38||SANSHAAWES||3||Gelding||99||Mike de Kock|
|39||SHOGUNNAR||4||Gelding||99||Gavin van Zyl|
|41||CAYMAN ISLAND||7||Gelding||98||Yogas Govender|
|42||ILHA BELA||4||Filly||98||Mike de Kock|
|43||RED FORT||4||Gelding||98||Geoff Woodruff|
|44||WAR HORSE||3||Colt||98||Corne Spies|
|45||AMERICAN STORM||3||Gelding||97||Spike Lerena|
|47||PUTNEY FLYER||4||Gelding||97||Weiho Marwing|
|49||LOCKHEED JETSTAR||4||Colt||95||Geoff Woodruff|
|50||PATRIOTIC REBEL||3||Gelding||95||Mike de Kock|
|51||YER-MAAN||4||Gelding||95||St John Gray|
|53||CHERRY ON THE CAKE||5||Mare||94||Gavin van Zyl|
|55||SILENT PARTNER||5||Gelding||94||Mike de Kock|
|57||GENERAL SHERMAN||4||Gelding||93||Sean Tarry|
|58||ALEXANDRA PALACE||3||Colt||92||Mike de Kock|
|59||FOURTH ESTATE||5||Gelding||92||Colin Scott|
|60||HAMMIE’S DYNASTY||4||Gelding||92||Mike Bass|
|62||SAFE HOUSE||3||Gelding||91||Mike Azzie|
|63||TERRITORIAL WATERS||4||Gelding||90||Tony Rivalland|
|64||TRUE MASTER||3||Colt||90||Justin Snaith|
|65||BIG CITY ANGEL||5||Gelding||89||Gavin van Zyl|
|66||IZORA||3||Filly||89||Mike de Kock|
|67||WILD ONE||3||Gelding||88||Jeff Freedman|
|68||PRICELESS JEWEL||3||Filly||86||Adam Marcus|
|69||TEQUILA SUNRISE||3||Gelding||86||Mike de Kock|
|70||WYLIE HALL (AUS)||3||Colt||86||Weiho Marwing|
|71||TIME OF SONG||3||Gelding||80||Deon Visser|
|72||SILVER SPRING||4||Colt||77||Gavin van Zyl|
|74||VERTICAL TAKEOFF||7||Gelding||101||Sean Tarry|
Summerhill runners denoted by yellow
First Supplementary Entries : Tuesday 14 May 2013
US$200,000 BALANCHINE (Group 2)
Meydan, Turf, 1800m
21 February 2013
The $200,000 Balanchine (Gr2) tomorrow at Meydan has attracted seven entrants, but the field is overshadowed by the presence of South African Horse of the Year Igugu, who will make her highly anticipated return from a year-long layoff and first start abroad.
Trainer Mike de Kock will try for a record sixth win in the 1800 meter (about 1 1/8-mile) turf race with the 5-year-old Galileo mare. She has not raced since a thrilling, late-charging victory over Bravura in the J&B Met (Gr1) on 28 January 2012, in her most recent outing, and combined with her triumph in the 2011 Vodacom Durban July (Gr1) nearly seven months earlier, she completed a rare double in South Africa’s two premier races - a feat not accomplished in 75 years.
De Kock is hoping Igugu will be back to her best after a year off. She is also a nominee to the $10-million Dubai World Cup (Gr1) on 30 March.
“She is a gutsy filly and a courageous filly, and I hope she returns to the form she is capable of as she is world class and can win on the world stage,” De Kock told The National about his star mare, who will be ridden by jockey Christophe Soumillon.
The J&B Met capped a seven-race win streak that included Igugu’s dominating sweep of South Africa’s 2011 Triple Crown for fillies by a combined margin of 20 lengths - the Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr2), SA Fillies Classic (Gr1), and South African Oaks (Gr1).
Following her J&B Met win, Igugu will start back against her own sex in the Balanchine, which De Kock has dominated in nine years since the race was first run in 2004. He sent out the winners of the two previous editions of the race, scoring with Mahbooba last year and River Jetez in 2011. He also took the race with Sun Classique in 2008, who followed up with a win in the Dubai Sheema Classic (Gr1); Irridescence in 2006; and Moon Dazzle in 2005.
Igugu is also nominated for the $5-million Dubai Sheema Classic (Gr1) as well as the $5-million Dubai Duty Free (Gr1), both on Dubai World Cup night.
Owned by the partnership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Andre Macdonald, the Summerhill Stud Ready To Run graduate has only previously raced in South Africa. She has not been idle in her long period of quarantine though, training quite a bit in Mauritius and in England, where she popped a splint after a workout at Newmarket. Since arriving in Dubai on 7 November, training has since gone smoothly as she acclimated to her new surroundings.
The field for the Balanchine includes Godolphin’s Sajjhaa, a 6-year-old King’s Best mare who won the Cape Verdi (Gr2) by 3 3/4 lengths on 24 January for trainer Saeed bin Suroor. Last season at York, she finished second to Izzi Top, a subsequent Group 1 winner in Ireland and France, in the Betfred Middleton Stakes (Gr2).
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J&B MET (Grade 1)
Kenilworth, Turf, 2000m
2 February 2013
The J&B Met is much more than a horse race. Raced in the dreamy Cape just as summer comes off its peak, it has come to symbolise the glamour of the racing game in South Africa.
If the Vodacom Durban July is all about power and glory - with the prestige of the country’s premier race, alcohol-fuelled corporate show-offs and big money wagering - the Met provides a more elegant, romantic interlude.
Met Day is like a huge garden party with equine entertainments. At Cape Town’s foremost social bash, being seen in the exclusive enclosures in eye-catching finery is, for many, at least as important as what passes the winning post first.
As such, the poshest do in racing is rather more than just the second-biggest race day in the land. A party with cavorting celebrities, outré outfits, sunshine and wine will always attract that extra bit of attention.
It’s small wonder whisky maker J&B has continued to pump money into staging the event since 1978, becoming horse racing’s longest-standing sponsor. J&B might already be an upmarket brand, but it still picks up priceless cache and glitzy publicity from the Met.
This is not to say the racing itself ain’t important. For racing folk, it’s right up there in quality, and for those of us who cannot be at glorious Kenilworth tomorrow, it is racing form rather than haute couture and haute cuisine that must be our focus.
Speaking of which, tomorrow’s 130th renewal looks a competitive affair - at least among the well-backed horses.
Handicap conditions for the Met are intended to ensure that the most talented horses do well. They’re not heavily penalised with weight in the saddle for their past successes and can show their true worth, all else being equal. This year the classiest contenders are also the ones with the most compelling recent form, theoretically narrowing down our choice of most likely winner. Top jockey Anthony Delpech, who hasn’t landed a choice booking for the Met, says he can see the winner coming from only “four or five” horses and hasn’t bothered to scratch around for a mount on an apparent no-hoper.
That seems a fair assessment.
Topping the betting boards at 18/10 is four-year-old colt Jackson, who is obviously a top racehorse and does well on this course. But many pundits and punters haven’t shaken off the bruising they took when he failed to meet a previous big challenge, in the 2012 Vodacom Durban July.
July winner Pomodoro has had a brilliant lead-up to the Met, with little having been in his favour. He has a good barrier draw, has had time to acclimatise to Cape Town and has the peerless services of Piere Strydom in the irons. Feisty mare Beach Beauty is consistent and is almost guaranteed to have a say in the finish.
J&B MET BETTING:
18/10 Jackson, 7/2 Pomodoro, 11/2 Beach Beauty, 10/1 Slumdogmillionaire, 12/1 King Of Pain, 14/1 Master Plan, 15/1 Bravura, 20/1 Run For It, 22/1 Hill Fifty Four, 40/1 Martial Eagle, 50/1 Tribal Dance, 66/1 Bulsara, Black Wing, 80/1 Ice Machine, In Writing, 100/1 Fabiani.
J&B MET SELECTION:
J&B MET (KENILWORTH RACE 8): 2 Pomodoro, 15 Beach Beauty, 4 Master Plan, 1 Jackson
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