The final field for the Grade 1 race over 2000m on the Standside track was released yesterday although the draw for barrier positions will only be made at a function tonight.
With Coral Fever allotted top weight of 60kg, the maximum allowed in a Grade 1 handicap race, weights at the bottom of the scale had to be concertinaed and, as a result, eight of the 19 runners will be racing under sufferance.
Cascapedia, one of five runners from the Mike de Kock yard, is the second-highest weighted runner and this Irish-bred filly is carded to carry 54.5kg. The bottom of the scale is 52kg.
As expected, De Kock pulled out Buffalo Bill Cody, who will be aimed at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, but still has Cascapedia, Takingthepeace, Noble Secret, Like A Panther and Kilrain. The latter was not on the original list of horses likely to get in, but the late scratching of six horses left 19 standing and that suited Kilrain.
Gavin Lerena will ride Cascapedia, Warren Kennedy will retain the ride on Takingthepeace who he rode in the Victory Moon Stakes last week, Randall Simons is on Noble Secret, Craig Zackey on Like A Panther, while apprentice Diego de Gouveia is aboard Kilrain.
Sean Tarry has three runners left in the race – Tilbury Fort, Social Order and last year’s winner Liege. Tarry has put champion jockey Lyle Hewitson on Tilbury Fort and has announced S’manga Khumalo for Social Order and Raymond Danielson to reprise his ride on Liege. However, as far as the last two are concerned, Tarry has said the jockeys will only be confirmed after the draws are announced tonight.
Geoff Woodruff dominated this race for four years, winning it in 2013 (Yorker), 2014 (Louis The King, 2015 (Master Sabina) and 2016 (Master Sabina). Last year the best he could do was finish fourth on Pagoda but this year he has an interesting runner in SA Oaks winner Secret Potion. She surprised Cascapedia at Turffontein last Thursday night and they will meet on the same weight differential in the Summer Cup. Both will be better over the extra distance so there should be little to choose between the pair.
Dean Kannemeyer has Gold Cup winner It’s My Turn in the line-up and Anton Marcus will have to get down to 54kg to ride him. He has not raced at Turffontein but he is sure to love the galloping course with the long straight.
Final field for the R2-million G-Bets Gauteng Summer Cup to be run over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday 1 December.
1 – CORAL FEVER (R R Sage) M Yeni 60.0 – 120
2 – CASCAPEDIA (M F de Kock) G Lerena 54.5 – 109
3 – ROY HAD ENOUGH (F Robinson) S Moodley 54.0 – 109
4 – IT’S MY TURN (D Kannemeyer) A Marcus 54.0 – 108
5 – SECRET POTION (G V Woodruff) M van Rensburg 53.0 – 107
6 – LIEGE (S G Tarry) R Danielson 53.0 – 106
7 – SABINA’S DYNASTY (P A Peter) P Strydom 53.0 – 106
8 – DAWN ASSAULT (S J Gray) K Zechner 52.5 – 105
9 – SOCIAL ORDER (S G Tarry) S Khumalo 52.5 – 105
10 – NOBLE SECRET (M F de Kock) R Simons 52.0 – 105
11 – TAKINGTHEPEACE (M F de Kock) W Kennedy 52.0 – 105
12 – LIKE A PANTHER (M F de Kock) C Zackey 52.0 – 104
13 – TILBURY FORT (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 52.0 – 104
14 – ARCTICA (M/A Azzie) R Munger 52.0 – 102
15 – DEO JUVENTE (G V Woodruff) C Maujean 52.0 – 102
16 – CASH TIME (A B Fortune) J P v d Merwe 52.0 – 100
17 – TANDAVA (G Terzi) J Penny 52.0 – 99
18 – FORT EMBER (P A Peter) C Herrera Gomez 52.0 – 98
19 – KILRAIN (M F de Kock) D De Gouveia 52.0 – 90
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