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Gold Cup Fest MapThe Gold Cup Festival of Racing kicks off with an exciting Gala Dinner in the Silver Ring Room at Greyville Racecourse on Thursday evening 27 July 2017.

Prosport International and Gold Circle are pleased to announce that former Springbok Nick Mallett, former Bafana Bafana star Delron Buckley and current Comrades Marathon Champion Bongmusa Mthembu will be the guest speakers while celebrated artist Aaron McIlroy will provide the entertainment.

The 3-course buffet dinner will include wine and malt and additional entertainment will be provided by the Break-Thru Dance Company, with horseracing’s own “funny man” Paul Lafferty acting as MC.

“The Gala Dinner launches the inaugural Racing Festival in style,” says Gold Circle’s Marketing Executive Graeme Hawkins. “The evening promises to be a great mix of good food; good wine, excellent entertainment and a wonderful opportunity for guests to mingle with Celebrities and sporting heroes across the spectrum,” he added.

For bookings and further information please contact Nosipho Hadebe on 031 573 2682 or

goldThe inaugural Gold Cup Festival will bring the curtain down on the 2017 South African Champions Season with two days of top class racing at Greyville racecourse on Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30.

The first day of the festival, Saturday July 29, will feature: The Darley Arabian (Listed); the Umgeni Handicap (Listed); the Gold Bracelet (Grade 2); and the Champions Cup (Grade 1).

Day two, Sunday July 30, will feature: the Premiers Champion Stakes (Grade 1); the Thekwini Stakes (Grade 1); the Umkhomazi Stakes (Grade 3); The Debutante (Grade 3) and the Elan Gold Cup (Grade 3).

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eLan Gold Cup betting [as at @Jul 26]: 7-2 Kinaan; 5-1 Hermoso Mundo; 6-1 Krambambuli, Captain Splendid; 7-1 Royal Badge; 12-1 Mr Winsome, Banner Hill; 14-1 Fortissima; 16-1 Trophy Wife; 25-1 Zante, Royal Honour, The Elmo Effect, My World; 33-1 Cool Chardonnay, Let It Rain; 40-1 Francia

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WSB Champions Cup betting [as at @Jul 26]: 17-10 Marinaresco; 7-2 Captain America; 5-1 Bela-Bela; 15-2 It’s My Turn; 10-1 Table Bay; 12-1 Black Arthur; 14-1 Ten Gun Salute; 16-1 Deo Juvente, Judicial, Brazuca; 20-1 Matador Man; 25-1 Sail South

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Premiers Champion Stakes betting [as at @Jul 26]: 2-1 Ancestry; 33-10 Captain And Master; 5-1 Purple Diamond, 15-2 Eyes Wide Open; 8-1 Mujallad; 10-1 Monks Hood; 14-1 and upwards others.

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Thekwini Stakes betting [as at Jul 26]: 33-10 Desert Rhythm; 9-2 Folk Dance; 6-1 Frederico’s Dream; 7-1 Rockin Russian; 8-1 Meryl, Lady In Black; 12-1 Too Phat To Fly, Flichity By Farr; 14-1 and upwards others.

Two big carryover-boosted Pick 6 pools and an exciting big-race double across two days are the highlights of tabGOLD’s betting line-up for the Gold Cup Festival of Racing at Greyville this weekend.

The two-day festival is headlined on Saturday by the R1-million World Sports Betting Champions Cup and on Sunday by the R1.25-million eLAN Gold Cup, South Africa’s premier equine marathon.

To celebrate the occasion the Tote is running a special Festival Double and adding R100 000 to the pool.

To win horseplayers must pick the winner of the Champions Cup on Saturday and the Gold Cup on Sunday. There will be consolation payouts for first and second, and second and first, with 15% of the pool set aside for each consolation.

Due to software issues probable payouts displayed will be to 100% of the pool, when in fact only 70% of the pool is for winning the double outright. So deduct 30% from any probable payout displayed to get the true likely dividend.

The Festival Double pool is already open. To play at any Tote use the normal betting form and mark venue oval 10 or SPQ in KZN.

There are big Pick 6 carryovers to both meetings – Saturday’s pool should hit R4 million and a R1.75-million carryover to Sunday is expected to generate a pool of R6 million! The Tote has guaranteed a R3.5-million Pick 6 pool for Saturday and R5 million on Sunday.

Here are the highlights of the Tote’s betting line-up for Greyville this weekend:

Greyville Poly & Turf Saturday July 29 tips and race previews by Warren Lenferna
Race 1

Preview: MAKING MIRACLES has been running well recently and finished behind what looks some promising individuals. She reverts to the mile from an okay draw and comes into this contest with very strong claims. THE MATADOR is an interesting runner. She ran an improved race over the mile and now gets the services of bang in form rider Keagan De Melo. She should be right there at the finish. ROY’S RIVIERA ran an absolute cracker on debut but will have to jump from a horrid draw. If she overcomes the draw, she could well be the one they all have to beat. COLOUR YOUR DREAMS gets the best draw and she is coming along the right way – chance. (Warren Lenferna 6-10-8-2)

Race 2
Preview: AQUILA WARRIOR was trounced by what looks to be something special in the form of Noble Secret. He tries the mile today and looks to be very hard to beat. COYS (Come On Ye Spurs) ran well last time when tried over a bit further and gets even further today. He is a magnificent son of Uncle Mo and if he had a good draw this afternoon I would make him the one to beat – however, he should still go very close. THE BYZANTINE, HOMETOWN HERO and MAMBO ROCK are others with chances as well. (Warren Lenferna 1-4-11-6)

Race 3
Preview: Trainer Paul Lafferty has made it no secret that he rates TOUCH OF MAGIC and the manner in which she won on debut shows why! She quickened well to beat her opposition most comfortably. She has a lot against her today and this should be the real test: returning from a rest, going around the turn for the first time, new course and two year old against older company – however, if she is not in too much need of the run and has come on from her debut – she might well be very hard to beat – I am sticking with her and have made her the firm first choice. CHAMBER MAID is getting closer with each and every run recently and has a massive chance. LOLITA DELAGO take a drop in class and must be respected and GINGER BISCUIT can get into the mix as well. TYRON’S JET and RIVER AYRE have good, solid form but sadly have dreadful draws to deal with. (Warren Lenferna 4-8-10-7)

Race 4
Preview: LIL RED ROOSTER shows good pace and seldom runs badly – he gets the services of Anton Marcus today and has to be given a bright winning chance. ISHNANA ran well behind Sand And Sea whom went on to win a Grade One race – that form should be good enough to see this son of Al Miqdaam run very well here. CATHEDRAL COUNTY more than likely needed his comeback run last time and should do much better now. VARBRATION ran a good race last time and is not out of it in what looks a tough race. (Warren Lenferna 3-9-6-5)

Race 5
Preview: LLOYD’S LEGACY gets the best draw and really won well last time. He looks above average and has been tipped as the confident first choice. EFFORTLESS REWARD is a very speedy filly and she might fly on the poly which she tries for the first time – she has a big chance. ATTENBOROUGH is all class and it would be foolish not to include him in most bets. HORSE GUARDS won well last time beating number (1) and could follow up but I do prefer the stable companion number (8). (Warren Lenferna 8-2-1-4).

Race 6
Preview: A tough race! NEBULA won very well in his penultimate start on the poly beating Baritone. He gets the services of Piere Strydom today and it would be silly to not give him a chance. MACDUFF has run twice on the poly and both times with blinkers – he has won and run a very unlucky second. He is sometimes slow away which costs him dearly but if he jumps on terms this afternoon, he should just again be a big threat. There are others with chances like PRINCE OF WALES, IN OTHER WORDS and BUDAPEST that must be included in the quartet. (Warren Lenferna 4-8-6-7)

Race 7
Preview: BELA-BELA won the Garden Province like a super star and we all know her ability – it will not be easy taking on the boys but the manner in which she won last time, they might have to pick up their feet to peg her back. CAPTAIN AMERICA won well last time and is a very good horse – can follow up. What more can be said about Marinaresco – he won the July with top weight and can follow up despite the draw. MATADOR MAN was super impressive last time when beating Dawn Calling and has been selected as the value bet in this race. If the right TEN GUN SALUTE comes to the races, he too could run very well. (Warren Lenferna 10-1-2-12)

Race 8
Preview: NIGHTINGALE run a superb race in the Vodacom Durban July and based on that rates the one they will all have to beat – she is the banker on the day. BELLA SONATA ran a cracking good race in the Jonsson Work wear Garden Province and based on that run should be right there at the finish. She is the exacta choice. (Warren Lenferna 1-3-7-5)

Race 9
Preview: LUCKY AT LAST is coming to hand and should relish the 1800m trip – big chance despite the draw. KAPEN PRIDE has run two solid races thus far and looks ready to go very close to winning. BRIGHTEYEBUSHYTAIL should do much better over the 1800m trip this afternoon and deserves respect. NAKED TRUTH could lurk into the back end of the quartet. (Warren Lenferna 9-14-13-7)

Race 4: Pick 6 MEGAPOOL – R1 million carryover, GUARANTEED pool R3,5 million – likely pool R4 million plus!

Race 7: Champions Cup Quartet MAXIPOOL – R100,000 carryover, likely pool R1,5 million!

SUNDAY 30 July

Greyville Sunday July 30 tips and race previews by Andrew Harrison

Race 1
Preview: Competitive. WHITE WINTER made a promising debut over course and distance racing very green. She should come on from that effort. FLAMBOYANT raced in feature company last start but ran well below form. She makes her poly debut but can go close from a plum draw. DIAMONDS FOREVER was narrowly beaten at her last two. She goes well on the poly and can go one better. EDITH ROSE has drawn wide but has improved with every outing and now looks ready. (Andrew Harrison: 12-5-1-4).

Race 2
Preview: DAMARALAND found good market support on debut and won well. She takes a step up in class here but does look to have some scope. TRIP QUEENS has taken to the poly and is due another win. She has a lot in her favour. ICY SPIRIT has a tricky draw but is nicely in at the weights and can feature. NORTHERN CHORUS has had two starts since a break and should be close to her peak. (Andrew Harrison: 8-10-2-5).

Race 3
Preview: Wide open. ROCK MY SOUL took time to shed his maiden but won well last time out. He should much prefer this trip. GAT HENSHAW took on a smart field last time out and was well supported in the market. OPERA ROYAL made major improvement in blinkers and should not be troubled by the extra.  TWICE A DANCER enjoyed the extra when shedding his maiden last time out and can do better over this trip. ROY’S ZARA shed her maiden in good fashion when sent over ground. She faces a tough one but can place. (Andrew Harrison: 4-2-3-6).

Race 4
Preview: TSESSEBE was a close-up third from a tough draw at only her third start. She’s drawn wide again but rates a strong chance. NEPTUNE’S RAIN ran an excellent race from a tough draw last time out. She is better off here and at best will go close. VIRGA was full of running when shedding her maiden on the poly and can follow up. SPRING BREEZE was not far back in feature company last start. She can do better this shorter trip. RED ENCHANTMENT shows some promise. She takes on some useful opposition but is not out of it. (Andrew Harrison: 11-2-12-10).

Race 5
Preview: Tricky. If DESERT RHYTHM and LADY IN BLACK do not run as expected then things get difficult. Desert Rhythm won well on July day and the extra should suit. Lady In Black has a big reputation and is unbeaten in two starts. She does however have a tricky draw to contend with. FREDERICO’S DREAM has won her last two sprints well. She steps up in distance for the first time but has a good draw and a master in the saddle. FOLK DANCE has a difficult draw but has not yet tasted defeat. She must rate a strong chance. (Andrew Harrison: 1-9-4-3).

Race 6
Preview: CAPTAIN AND MASTER was desperately unlucky in the Golden Horseshoe when finding plenty of traffic. He can make amends here. ANCESTRY is a smart colt and only just failed behind surprise winner Purple Diamond in the Horseshoe. He can do better this trip. PURPLE DIAMOND surprised last run and will need a repeat showing to have a chance. MONKS HOOD has a difficult draw but shows plenty of promise and can do better than his last effort. (Andrew Harrison: 3-1-9-13).

Race 7
Preview: KINAAN has had an ideal preparation into this race and off bottom weight looks to have a strong chance. ROYAL BADGE has been specifically aimed at his race and showed up well last time out. He stays the trip and should be right there. KRAMBAMBULI has top weight but ran a cracking race in the Vodacom Durban July, only run out of it in the last furlong. He will much prefer this trip. TROPHY WIFE is a class mare and got her act together last time out. She goes this trip for the first time but will be a big runner if she stays. HERMOSO MUNDO and CAPTAIN SPLENDID should finish on top of each other while BANNER HILL and THE ELMO EFFECT could prove worth including in bigger exotics. (Andrew Harrison: 16-7-1-4).

Race 8
Preview: AL MARIARCHI found his best form last start and won well from a tricky draw as he made most of the running. He has the run of the race here and should go close again. SNIPER SHOT was a strong finisher in the same race and a repeat will see him right up there again. SO VAR has smart Highveld form that has worked out well. He has drawn well and should be in the shake-up. ROY’S REGIS is unbeaten in a tongue-tie and was an easy winner in handicap company. (Andrew Harrison: 3-2-6-4).

Race 9
Preview: A really competitive handicap. THE GREAT ONE has shown up well in two local starts. The extra should suit and he rates a strong chance. NEW FORT has taken a new lease on life with his new stable. He jumps in class here but looks capable of following up. NIGHT CIRCUS seldom runs a bad race and should be thereabouts again while CHICAGO BEAT steps up in trip and off a light weight is another to consider as a likely winner. (Andrew Harrison: 3-10-6-11).

Race 10
Preview: LIQUID RAINBOW shows some promise and was narrowly beaten last time out. He goes well on the poly and rates a strong chance. CALABASH is holding form well. His last win was on the poly and he rates a big chance. SELVAN’S JET has come good since being fitted with blinkers and the stable and owner are in good form. Anthony Delpech can round off his Championship with a winner. CHROME BLUE held on narrowly from Liquid Rainbow but the table could be turned at these weights. MISTY ROLLER has modest recent Highveld form but could improve first up on the poly. (Andrew Harrison: 6-5-8-2).

Race 2: BiPot Leg 1 – R45,000 carryover, likely pool R600,000!

Race 3: PA Leg 1 – likely pool R1,5 million!

Race 4: Pick 6 MEGAPOOL Leg 1 – R1,75 million carryover, GUARANTEED pool R5 million – likely pool R6 million plus!

Race 5: Jackpot Leg 1 – R50,000 carryover, likely pool R1,5 million!

Race 7: Gold Cup Quartet MAXIPOOL – R300,000 carryover, likely pool R3 million!

NOTE: Tote Place payouts on first 5 runners to finish in Gold Cup!

* Likely Tote Win pool Gold Cup: R1,2million!

* Likely Tote Place pool Gold Cup: R900,000!