Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Elusive Fort, Equal Image, Eyeofthetiger and Hunting Tower have all been allocated the top weight of 58kg for the R3 million Gommagomma Challenge to be run over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday 5 May.
Third acceptances for the Grade I race closed on Monday and Announce Speed from the St John Gray yard was the only runner to join the other nominations, bringing the total entries to 33.
A number of three-year-olds come into the race with handy weights and all of Pick Six, Emperor Napoleon, Rippling Ring, Hurricane Silver, Announce Speed and recent Randjesfontein winner Buy And Sell, have been assigned 51,5kg. Angle Flight, the only filly nominated for the race, will be asked to carry 49kg.
Announce Speed has won four of his nine starts to date and appears to be getting better with every run. He rounded up a hat trick of victories when claiming the Tony Ruffel Stakes (Grade 3) over 1400m earlier this month
Final declarations for South Africa's richest race takes place on Tuesday 24 April and the final field, which is to be decided by a panel, will be announced at 2pm that day.
The ballot for barrier positions will be held later. Irrespective of how many runners accept, only horses with a gross merit rating above 95 will be allowed to participate.