The Jonsson Garden Province is mouth watering
It could be one of the highlights of the day as a racing spectacle at the Theatre of Champions on Vodacom Durban July Day when the country’s top fillies fight it out for honours in the R1-million, Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes over 1600m.
Just picture super-stars Bela-Bela and Just Sensual in a home straight tussle with the likes of Star Express, Polyphonic, Gimme Six, Final Judgement and Nightingale and shivers go down your spine.
They have all been nominated for this top weight-for-age race for fillies and mares over a mile, the race where runners from all racing jurisdictions come together to establish who’s who in the pecking order among the female racing population.
Justin Snaith commented after Bela-Bela’s third place in the Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge, “it’s a pity we will have to meet Just Sensual,” her participation in the Vodacom Durban July still up in the air. The Dynasty filly Just Sensual had earlier beaten Nightingale home in the Grade 2 Tibouchina Stakes, following up on her brilliant second to the country’s now retired queen of speed, Carry On Alice.
Star Express, also from the Snaith stable, ran fourth behind Just Sensual in the Tibouchina Stakes and earlier in the year had run Nightingale to half-a-length in the prestigious Grade 1 Majorca Stakes at Kenilworth while Gimme Six, yet another Snaith stable inmate, was just touched off in a controversial finish by Lady Of The House in the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000.
The mouth waters at the possibility of all standing their ground at the final acceptance stage and treating the 50 000 racegoers at Greyville on Vodacom Durban July Day to a spectacular racing experience.
By Richard Mcmillan
DR HORSE A/S WGT M/R TRAINER
6 BELA-BELA (4F) 60.0 109 Justin Snaith
18 NIGHTINGALE (4F) 60.0 105 Candice Bass-Robinson
10 BELLA SONATA (4F) 60.0 103 Gavin van Zyl
17 STAR EXPRESS (4F) 60.0 103 Justin Snaith
13 FORT EMBER (4F) 60.0 100 Paul Peter
14 POLYPHONIC (4F) 60.0 100 Alec Laird
4 CHEVAUCHEE (AUS) (4F) 60.0 98 Brett Crawford
7 FROSTY FRIDAY (4F) 60.0 97 Gavin van Zyl
15 KILAUEA (4F) 60.0 96 B David Nieuwenhuizen
12 CHESTNUTS N PEARLS (4F) 60.0 95 Dennis Drier
24 TIGER'S TOUCH (AUS (5M) 60.0 93 Sean Tarry
21 WUKKIN' UP (5M) 60.0 93 Sean Tarry
23 LOUISIANA (4F) 60.0 92 Brett Crawford
20 FLYING SILVER (4F) 60.0 83 Garth Puller
9 JUST SENSUAL (3F) 59.0 109 Joey Ramsden
2 GIMME SIX (3F) 59.0 106 Justin Snaith
22 FINAL JUDGEMENT (3F) 59.0 103 Glen Kotzen
11 BI POT (3F) 59.0 98 Geoff Woodruff
5 ORIENTAL OAK (3F) 59.0 97 B Glen Kotzen
8 DAWN CALLING (3F) 59.0 95 B Duncan Howells
3 SHE'S A GIVER (3F) 59.0 95 Johan Janse van Vuuren
19 CAPTAIN GAMBLER (3F) 59.0 92 Joey Ramsden
1 TRIPPI'S GIRL (3F) 59.0 88 Glen Kotzen
16 VISUALITY (3F) 59.0 87 Sean Tarry
• Supplementary Entries close at 11:00 on Monday, 19 June 2017.
• Declarations close at 11:00 on Tuesday, 20 June 2017.