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Champions under starter's orders

By unknown | Nov 23, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Turffontein's Cup Day promises to be a great day for racing.

Is champion four-year-old Elusive Fort good enough to carry top weight to victory in the Steinhoff International Summer Cup? Is Kildonan as brilliant as he appears? Does nine-year-old Nhlavini still have what it takes? You'll get all the answers on Saturday.

Cup Day is going to be an amazing experience no matter where you catch the action - in a TAB, at the racetrack or at home.

Eleven races will be run and the racing action is going to be out of this world with no fewer than six feature events, including the R1,5million Steinhoff International Summer Cup - a Grade 1 event and one of the Big 4 on the South African racing calendar.

The other features are:

lThe R400000 PG Bison Merchants 1200m

lThe R250000 Hertz Fillies Mile 1600m

lThe R400000 Gommagomma Dingaans 1600m

lThe R150000 Summer Cup Consolation 2000m

lThe R200000 Unitrans Racing Association Handicap 3200m.

What a feast! Over R25million will be won on the day and punters can count on huge betting pools.

Elusive Fort is hot favourite for the Cup and with good cause. He's good, really good, and has won five of his nine races, including the R1million SA Derby at Turffontein back in April, when he swept his opponents aside with the authority of a champion.

Champion jockey Mark Khan has the ride and there are few trainers to equal Geoff Woodruff at getting a horse ready for the big day.

But Elusive Fort is going to have to be tops to win. He is giving from 2kg to 8kg to his 15 rivals, who include quality sorts that include Hunting Tower, 2006 Champions Cup hero Equal Image and 2005 SA Derby winner Silverpoint.

Hunting Tower was less than a length behind Elusive Fort in the Daily News 2200 in June and meets Elusive Fort on 2kg better terms than applied that day.

Unbeaten Kildonan gets a chance to show just how good he is in the Gommagomma Dingaans for three-year-olds over 1600m.

And nine-year-old Nhlavini, who has won 15 races, will be out to regain form in the PG Bison Merchants after two moderate efforts. He's up against some smart sprinters that include Vega, Pure Hokum, stablemate Ndabeni and Disco Queen from Durban.

The Hertz Fillies Mile also promises to be a thriller. The field is loaded with promising sorts, including Woodland City, who switches to turf for the first time after two runaway wins on sand.

Don't miss a moment!


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