The South African national jockeys championships is heading for an exciting conclusion, while Sean Tarry looks unlikely to be caught for the trainers championship after enjoying a good day on Vodacom Durban July day.
Justin Snaith’s win with Do It Again in the R4,25 million Vodacom Durban July and his second and third places with Oh Susanna and Snowdance in the R1 million Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes saw him sneaking past Mike de Kock into second place on the trainers log.
However, Sean Tarry won the R500,000 WSB 2200 with Shenanigans, finished one-two with Eden Rock and Putontheredlight in the R600,000 Durban Golden Horseshoe and won the R1 million Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes with Celtic Sea.
Tarry is now on R24,886,825 which is just over R2,5 million clear of Snaith on 22,347,663, who is a mere R3,600 ahead of De Kock who is on R22,344,063.
The only major race day left on the calendar is Gold Cup day, which includes the R1,25 million eLan Gold Cup, the R1 million WSB Champions Cup, the R1 million Mercury Sprint, the R750,000 Premier’s Champions Stakes, the R750,000 Thekwini Stakes, the R400,000 Gold Bracelet, the R300,000 Umkhomazi Stakes, the R300,000 The Debutante as well as two R150,000 Listed races.
Snaith or De Kock would have to win a number of the biggest stakes races on that day to stand a chance and Tarry would have to have a bad day, which is unlikely considering he will probably have Eden Rock and Put On The Red Light in the Premier’s.
Meanwhile defending champion Lyle Hewitson reached the 200 winner mark for the season on Sunday at Turffontein with a double.
Closest rival Muzi Yeni had one winner and is now six behind on 194. Anton Marcus now has a mountain to climb as he is 18 behind on 182.
Tack And Ball have Hewitson at 11/20, Yeni at 17/10 and Marcus at 4/1.
Luke Ferraris, on 77 winners, is 17 clear of Dennis Schwarz in the Apprentice Championship.
Chris van Niekerk owns all of Shenanigans, Eden Rock and Putontheredlight so forged ahead in the Owner’s Championship on Saturday. His nearest rival Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s chances were dented by the unfortunate scratching of Hawwaam from the Vodacom Durban July.
Van Niekerk is on R15,030,913 and the Sheikh is on R12,101,788.
Maine Chance Farms sire Silvano has wrapped up the Sires Championship. This will be his third title in succession and his fourth overall. His earning of R20,261,425 is just over R4,5 million clear of the late Captain Al on R15,729,938. Var is in third place on R13,439,988.
Mary Slack and Jessica Gell’s Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein Stud operation have wrapped up the Breeders Championship. Their earnings of R27,557,153 are well clear of defending champions Klawervlei Stud on R19,835,888. Summerhill Stud are in third place on R15,845,600.
By David Thiselton