Classic day features

MIKE de Kock will saddle five runners in next weekend’s SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein and with the exception of Alshibaa, who will jump from barrier No 12, the other four have all drawn well.

Like A Panther, who is highly regarded by the stable, will jump from pole position and will have Callan Murray on his back. The others are the third and fourth-placed finishers in the Gauteng Guineas – Royal Crusade (photo, drawn No 7) and Noble Secret (drawn No 4) respectively – and Pietro Mascagni (drawn No 3).

Majestic Mambo, who started favourite for the Gauteng Guineas, will jump from barrier No 10 and has Anthony Delpech on his back.

The lone visitor in the race is Roy Had Enough, who along with Surcharge is highest rated runner, from the Frank Robinson yard.

While there will not be a winner of the Triple Crown this year the focus of attention in the R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic will be on Takingthepeace, who is in the running for the R1-million Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara.

The Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner came from last to win that event so her No 14 draw should not be too much of a concern for jockey Murray and trainer De Kock. Her main danger could be stable companion Silver Thursday who was beaten just a neck in the Guineas.

The balance of the fields will be declared on Tuesday.

Final field for the R2-million SA Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday 7 April.
1 – 5 ROY HAD ENOUGH (F Robinson) W Kennedy 60.0 – 110
2 – 14 SURCHARGE (S T Pettigrew) P Strydom 60.0 – 110
3 – 13 GREEK FIRE (M/A Azzie) B Fayd’Herbe 60.0 – 106
4 – 1 LIKE A PANTHER (M F de Kock) C Murray 60.0 – 106
5 – 10 MAJESTIC MAMBO (P A Peter) A Delpech 60.0 – 104
6 – 4 NOBLE SECRET (M F de Kock) R Simons 60.0 – 101
7 – 7 ROYAL CRUSADE (M F de Kock) A Marcus 60.0 – 101
8 – 2 LOBO’S LEGEND (J A Soma) M Yeni 60.0 – 97
9 – 12 ALSHIBAA (M F de Kock) R Munger 60.0 – 93
10 – 3 PIETRO MASCAGNI (M F de Kock) G Lerena 60.0 – 93
11 – 11 SILVER GOD (S G Tarry) R Danielson 60.0 – 93
12 – 8 DARKEST HOUR (B D Botes) C Zackey 60.0 – 89
13 – 9 HERO’S HONOUR (G M Alexander) C Maujean 60.0 – 88
14 – 6 THRONG (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 60.0 – 82
Same Trainer: (4,6,7,9,10) (11,14)

Final field for the R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday 7 April.
1 – 14 TAKINGTHEPEACE (M F de Kock) C Murray 60.0 – 104
2 – 9 FOLK DANCE (P A Peter) K de Melo 60.0 – 103
3 – 10 SILVER THURSDAY (M F de Kock) A Delpech 60.0 – 103
4 – 15 FLICHITY BY FARR (A Wright) M v Rensburg 60.0 – 99
5 – 8 ROY’S RIVIERA (F Robinson) W Kennedy 60.0 – 98
6 – 6 CASHEL PALACE (A G Laird) R Simons 60.0 – 96
7 – 11 FIORELLA (D C Howells) A Marcus 60.0 – 96
8 – 1 AURELIA COTTA (S G Tarry) …………… 60.0 – 93
9 – 7 GREEN TOP (A G Laird) M Yeni 60.0 – 91
10 – 5 ROCKIN RUSSIAN (S G Tarry) …………… 60.0 – 91
11 – 4 RADIANT SPLENDOUR (G M Alexander) P Strydom 60.0 – 89
12 – 16 MAR DEL SUR (G H van Zyl) …………… 60.0 – 88
13 – 3 SECRET POTION (G V Woodruff) G Lerena 60.0 – 88
14 – 2 LONDON SECRET (S G Tarry) …………… 60.0 – 85
15 – 12 FOREST EXPRESS (S G Tarry) …………… 60.0 – 83
16 – 13 SARAGON (G M Alexander) C Maujean 60.0 – 79
Same Trainer: (1,3) (6,9) (8,10,14,15) (11,16)

-TAB News.

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