With 10 days to go until the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup, things got a bit more real for the connections of the respective runners in the 20-horse field with the barrier draw on Wednesday afternoon.
In front of an audience that included sponsors, owners, trainers, jockeys, celebs and the media the mechanism, which used the Johannesburg skyline as a backdrop, helped paint a much clearer picture for the 2000m contest at Turffontein Racecourse on 26 November.
Every year we get better at this as SANSUI from a sponsorship point of view. We’e got a lot of history with Phumelela and we’re very excited to once again be part of this.
Chris Dirks | Group Executive Merchandise and Marketing for SANSUi licence holders, JD Group.
“We are glad to be here and to partner with a prestigious horseracing event like this. Our aim is to grow it into one of the best events in Gauteng. Spread the word and tell people that it’s happening and they should get their tickets,” Hans Kekana, speaking on behalf of Gauteng Tourism, said.
It’s a case of deja vu for The Conglomerate with the winner of this year’s Vodacom Durban July having to once again overcome a wide berth, the Joey Ramsden inmate with Piere Strydom up, having drawn 15.
But there was reason to smile for the combination of Geoff Woodruff and Anton Marcus as their charge Deo Juvente managed to land a plum draw of eight. Top weight Mac De Lago will jump from starting stall three while St Tropez, the second of the Ramsden runners, claimed pole position.
Tasked with picking one of the respective blocks for his ride in the race, apprentice Lyle Hewitson ended up with stall 14 for Romany Prince. Rather than rue his position the young jockey opted to rather look forward to once again competing in a Grade One contest.
“It starts to become real when you end up getting to this point. Just seeing the promo videos for the big day is enough to give you goosebumps and I’m privileged to have a ride in the big race and really looking forward to it,” said Hewitson.
Race-7 (Turf) R 2,000,000 2000m 17:10 Ref-405 SANSUI SUMMER CUP (Grade 1) Open
Sc# Horse Mass MR Draw B A T Jockey Trainer
1 MAC DE LAGO 60.0 114 (114) 3 A T W Marwing Weiho Marwing
2 PUNTA ARENAS 58.0 110 (110) 5 A K de Melo Dennis Drier
3 DEO JUVENTE 56.0 106 (106) 8 A A Marcus Geoff Woodruff
4 MASTER SABINA 56.0 106 (106) 6 A T G Lerena Geoff Woodruff
5 THE CONGLOMERATE 56.0 106 (106) 15 A T P Strydom Joey Ramsden
6 JUDICIAL 55.5 105 (105) 2 A K Zechner Tyrone Zackey
7 NO WORRIES 55.5 105 (105) 10 B A T W Kennedy Gareth van Zyl
8 SARATOGA DANCER 55.0 104 (104) 13 A C Zackey Duncan Howells
9 JUXTAPOSE 54.0 103 (102) 7 A C Maujean Stanley Ferreira
10 LIEGE 53.5 102 (101) 12 A T S Khumalo Sean Tarry
11 ROMANY PRINCE 53.5 102 (101) 14 A *L Hewitson Ormond Ferraris
12 TEN GUN SALUTE 53.5 102 (101) 9 A T G van Niekerk Duncan Howells
13 MASTER SWITCH 53.5 101 (101) 18 A T A Delpech Geoff Woodruff
14 SAMURAI BLADE 52.5 100 ( 99) 4 A T M Yeni Sean Tarry
15 STONEHENGE 52.5 99 ( 99) 16 A T J P v’d Merwe Sean Tarry
16 MOGOK MASTER 52.0 99 ( 98) 11 B A T M V’Rensburg Joe Soma
17 MASTER ‘N COMMANDE 52.0 97 ( 97) 17 A A Forbes Geoff Woodruff
18 ST TROPEZ 52.0 97 ( 97) 1 A T *C Murray Joey Ramsden
19 IRISH PRIDE 52.0 95 ( 94) 20 A R Simons Johan Janse van Vuuren
20 BANKABLE TEDDY 52.0 91 ( 90) 19 B A R Danielson Brian Wiid
Couplings: (3,4,13,17) (5,18) (8,12) (10,14,15)
No. of Trainers: 13
This year’s renewal of the 2000m Grade One contest is being hailed as “The People’s Race” and tickets have already gone on sale for one of the biggest events of the Highveld racing season.
Last year’s race was won by Master Sabina, with jockey Gavin Lerena in the irons, and the Geoff Woodruff inmate has once again been entered in a bid to defend the mantle as champion.
Tickets start at just R75 for general access to the races on the day with secure infield parking and a R25 TAB betting voucher as part of the deal. There will be a number of food vendors as well as musical entertainment for ticket holders to enjoy.
Those looking for a more elegant experience can choose the Racing. It’s A Rush Summer Garden, which are R395 per person with the package including a burger meal, a complimentary beverage and a TAB betting voucher to the value of R25. This beautifully styled demarcated area will host private betting facilities, a private bar, toilets and musical entertainment will be on offer.
For R350 per person The Summer Bollywood Racing Experience promises to add a dash of colour to the Summer Cup proceedings. The chance to enjoy Indian entertainment with dancers, Mehndi artists and a host of local celebrities will be in attendance.
There’s the Summer Festival to consider for those looking to make a family day of it with the R250 purchase price including access for two adults and two children, who will receive a lucky packet and access to the kids play area, as well as a seven piece family meal and two R25 TAB betting vouchers.
Last, but not least, the Summer Vanity Fair is R150 per person and includes access into the specially demarcated area hosted by Funmasters. DJs, entertainment and surprise giveaways and also includes access to secure infield parking, private facilities and a R25 TAB betting voucher.
For those looking to make a day of it there are hospitality options in the Furious Room with a buffet offered at R165 per person as well as on the City Deck which overlooks the racetrack and allows diners to soak in the atmosphere of a day at the races.
Food vendors will also be selling their wares for those wanting to relax in a more informal environment on the day.
The Joburg Spring Challenge (Gr 2) follows the successful hosting of The Grand Heritage, sponsored by World Sports Betting, and provides yet another chance to showcase to showcase horseracing in Johannesburg.
It also continues the build-up towards the marquee events like the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile on 5 November, the Air Mauritius International Jockeys’ Challenge, the Turffontein leg happens on 20 November, and the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup which will take place on 26 November.