Gold Cup draws the best

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

KRAMBAMBULI, fourth in the re­cent Vodacom Dur­ban July, heads the weights for the R1,25mil­lion Grade 3 eLan Gold Cup to be run over 3 200m at Greyville on Sun­day, July 30.

For the first time, the Gold Cup meet­ing will take place over two days of the weekend July, Satur­day 29 and Sun­day, July 30, with the Grade 1 Cham­pi­ons Cup the high­light of the Satur­day card and the Gold Cup plus the two fi­nal twoyear-old Grade 1 races of the sea­son, namely the Premier’s Cham­pion Ju­ve­nile Stakes and the Grade 1 Thek­wini Stakes sup­port­ing Gold Cup Sun­day.

Vodacom Dur­ban July win­ner Marinaresco and Rising Sun Gold Chal­lenge vic­tor Cap­tain Amer­ica head the 17 nom­i­na­tions for the Grade 1 Cham­pi­ons Cup to be run over 2 000m. Marinaresco, run­ner up in last year’s July, made amends in the Cham­pi­ons Cup and will be out to de­fend his crown.

Bela-Bela

Also nom­i­nated are Gar­den Prov­ince win­ner Bela-Bela, and July run­ners It’s My Turn, French Navy, Ten Gun Salute and Nightin­gale.

Krambambuli heads an en­try of 28 run­ners for the Gold Cup that in­cludes Her­moso Mundo and Cap­tain Splen­did, the pair re­cently in­volved in a tight fin­ish to the Gr3 SABC Gold Vase.

The Grade 1 Thek­wini Stakes has at­tracted 31 nom­i­na­tions in­clud­ing re­cent Grade 2 Gold Cir­cle Golden Slip­per win­ner Desert Rhythm who will be look­ing to ce­ment her place at the top of the two-year-old fe­male rank­ings and Equus Cham­pion.

Her cause has been helped by a plum draw at 6.

In op­po­si­tion will be the first five past the post in the Golden Slip­per, Let It Flow, Tsessebe, Rockin Rus­sian and Nep­tune’s Rain.

Pur­ple Di­a­mond, sur­prise win­ner of the Gr2 Dur­ban Golden Horse­shoe on July day, run­nerup and beaten a short head, An­ces­try, and the un­beaten Sand And Sea are among the 20 nom­i­na­tions for the Grade 1 Pre­miers Cham­pion Stakes which will make for a crack­ing race if all three stand their ground.

Also in the mix is Cap­tain And Mas­ter, the more fan­cied of the Tarry run­ners in the Golden Horse­shoe and pos­si­bly a touch un­lucky af­ter finding traf­fic.

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