The 2020 running of the 1900m, Grade 2 World Sports Betting 1900 will take place on Saturday May 23.
WORLD SPORTS BETTING 1900 (GRADE 2) – R500,000 – Hollywoodbets Greyville
1st R312,500, 2nd R100,000, 3rd R50,000 – May 18
1. EYES WIDE OPEN
4yo b.c. by Dynasty – Live Your Dreams (Jallad)
2nd dam: Syrian Flame (All Fired Up)
3rd dam: Damascus Road (Mecca Road)
Owners: Chrigor Stud (Pty) Ltd
Bred by Highlands Farms Stud (Pty) Ltd
Trainer: G S Kotzen
Jockey: W Kennedy
2. Magnificent Seven
4yo ch.g. by Horse Chestnut – Kartanya (Model Man)
Owner: N Jonsson
Bred by G J Armitage
3. Made To Conquer
5yo b.g. by Dynasty – Festive Occasion (Casey Tibbs)
Owners: E A Braun, C T Crowe and N Jonsson
Bred by M de Broglio
Then came: Fresnay, Doosra, Camphoratus, Doublemint, Silver God, Dawn Assault, Kampala Campari, Orpheus, Fiorella
Won by: head – neck – shorthead
A neck, head and shorthead were all that separated the top four finishers, with Dynasty four-year-old EYES WIDE OPEN gaining the win.
Returning from a disappointing fourth on the poly when beaten almost nine lengths by runaway winner Orpeus in The Sledgehammer, the colt finished with a rattle to prevail in a stampede to the line, where a blanket could have covered the first six home.
Significantly, Eyes Wide Open snapped a winless streak of 15 months, during which trainer Glen Kotzen and owner Hugo Hattingh managed to find a solution to his haemo-concentration problem, one that could easily have been solved by the “unkindest cut”. However, the dual Gr1 winner has stallion potential and another top level victory will further enhance his prospects of a place at stud. That quest has been facilitated, for this win has virtually earned him a place in the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, a race he missed out on twelve months ago.
An R850,000 Sibaya Yearling Sale graduate, Eyes Wide Open won the Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes at two and after defeating his elders in the Gr2 Peninsula Handicap, captured the Gr1 Cape Derby at the expense of last year’s July hero Do It Again.
The Highlands-bred is out of Live Your Dreams, whose six winners from as many runners also include Gr3 Byerley Turk second Living With Heart (Spectrum). The mare’s siblings include the tip top sprinters National Flame (National Assembly), a dual winner of the Gr3 Lebelo Handicap and Gr2 Merchants runner-up Blazing Al (Captain Al), while grandam Syrian Flame (All Fired Up) is a half-sister to Gr1 Met hero Alastor (Al Mufti).
This raceday also features the 2000m, Listed KRA East Coast Cup.