THERE will be some new challengers for Triple Crown contender Abashiri in the Gr1 SA Classic on 2 April, the main one coming in the form of Jubilee Line from the Mike de Kock yard.
The son of Dynasty has raced five times for one win but De Kock said his charge would take a while to mature and would be better as a SA Classic and SA Derby contender. His last race was in the Investec Dingaans in which he finished a 6.50-length fifth behind stable companion Noah From Goa over 1600m.
He has also been nominated to run in the Grade 2 Colorado King Stakes over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday 26 March.
The other runner of interest is Count Tassilo from the Sean Tarry yard. He is a one-time winner from four starts but the son of Silvano has not run beyond 1600m and races as if he needs further.
Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner Heaps Of Fun will be trying to take a step closer to winning the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara when she lines up in the R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic over 1800m. Fillies Guineas runner-up Negroamaro is also among the entries and racing fans could be in for another exciting finish.
De Kock has nominated Persian Rug (headline photo), fifth in the Fillies Guineas, Noor and Shaama.
Supplementary entries close at 11am on Tuesday 22 March while declarations must be confirmed by 11am on Thursday 24 March.
Entries for the R2-million SA CLASSIC (Grade 1) over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday 2 April.
ABASHIRI (M G Azzie); BRAZUCA (J A Janse van Vuuren); CHAMPAGNE HAZE (G M Alexander); COUNT TASSILO (S G Tarry); JUBILEE LINE (M F De Kock); LE CLOS (M G Azzie); LIEGE (S G Tarry); LUNAR APPROACH (S G Tarry); MALAK EL MOOLOOK (S G Tarry); MUWAARY (M F De Kock); NEW PREDATOR (J A Janse van Vuuren); RABADA (M G Azzie); REVELATION (L W Goosen); ROCKETBALL (G H Van Zyl); ROMANY PRINCE (O A Ferraris); SAMURAI BLADE (S G Tarry); SUYOOF (M F De Kock); TRADING PROFIT (M G Azzie); VAL ET AL (G V Woodruff)
Entries for the R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday 2 April.
ALEXA (G V Woodruff); CHRISTMAS CAROL (G V Woodruff); HEAPS OF FUN (S G Tarry); INANINSTANT (S G Tarry); INTERGALACTIC (S G Tarry); JUXTAPOSE (S M Ferreira); MELLIFLORA (M G Azzie); NEGROAMARO (J A Janse van Vuuren); NOOR (M F De Kock); PERSIAN RUG (M F De Kock); POLYPHONIC (A G Laird); PRINCESS VARUNYA (K Naidoo); SHAAMA (M F De Kock); SHE’S A DRAGON (C Mayhew); WITCHCRAFT (S G Tarry).
Abashiri and Negroamaro double………….