MARKUS and Ingrid Jooste’s Second Tycoon has been entered for the R150,000 Var Gold Rush Sprint (Non-Black Type, for three-year-olds) over 1100m at Turffontein on Saturday 3 March.
The race forms the middle leg of the three-race Var Series for three-year-old sprinters sponsored by the Var Syndicate. The first race in the series, the Need For Speed Sprint over 1000m, was run at Kenilworth in January and won by Delago Deluxe. The third race is to be held in Durban later in the year.
The Var Gold Rush Sprint is the richest race at the meeting, which also features the Listed Storm Bird Stakes and Ruffian Stakes.
Three of Var’s progeny are on the list, including talented filly Variometer, the second top-rated runner. The Louis Goosen inmate also has good feature-race form and recently was beaten just a neck by Jackodore in the Swallow Stakes over 1160m at Turffontein.
Final acceptances fall due on Tuesday 28 February.
The entries in order of draw, horse, age, sex, trainer, weight and merit rating:
16 MIDNIGHT SERENADE (3G) Dianne Stenger 60.0 100
7 VARIOMETER (3F) Louis Goosen 59.0 98
3 SECOND TYCOON (3G) Mike de Kock 58.5 97
8 SIDESTEP (3G) Alec Laird 55.5 91
15 MINI BLACK (3G) Paul Matchett 54.0 88
17 AMERICANO (3G) Paul Matchett 53.0 86
19 LEGAL ACTION (3C) Chris Erasmus 52.5 85
14 #SKITT SKIZZLE (3C) Sean Tarry 52.0 84
18 DAZZLING MOON (3F) Grant Maroun 51.5 83
13 #VALERE (3G) Mike Azzie 51.0 82
2 LET’S ROCK BABA (3G) Clinton Binda 50.0 80
4 DAWN LIGHT (3G) Chris Erasmus 49.5 79
9 MARBLE DRUM (3C) Paul Matchett 49.5 79
12 NATIONAL ROAD (3G) Sean Tarry 49.5 79
11 TONY’S TIPPLE (3G) Louis Goosen 48.0 76
10 ABOVE THE MOON (3G) Grant Maroun 47.5 75
5 MARGHERITA LOTTI (3F) Paul Peter 47.5 75
6 MARVELLOUS CAPTAIN (3G) Louis Goosen 46.5 73
1 ADMIRALS CUP (3G) Leon Erasmus 45.0 70