Tasty clash in Graham Beck Stakes

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Jack Milner: We could see a replay of last Saturday’s race in which Broadway Trip got up on the post to touch off Flying Free when the runners line up for the Grade 3 Graham Beck Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday 4 November.

Broadway Trip, trained by Alec Laird, was narrowly able to retain his unbeaten record when he got up in the dying stride to thwart Gavin van Zyl-trained Flying Free.

The Graham Beck Stakes, along with the Grade 3 Starling Stakes for three-year-old fillies, will be run on the same day as the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile. The two races are seen as the main warm-up races for the respective Grade 2 Investec Dingaans and the Grade 3 Fillies Mile, both over 1600m, at Turffontein on Sansui Summer Cup Day, Saturday 25 November.   

There are 38 entries for the Graham Beck Stakes and the bad news for Laird and Van Zyl is their charges have landed up with wide draws, not the place to be over 1400m on the Standside track. 

Mike de Kock has a number of entries and they have mixed draws but he will be happy Hakeem, who ran third behind Broadway Trip, has landed a reasonable draw.

Another interesting entry is Louis Goosen-trained Zen Arcade who was beaten by Broadway Trip on debut but has won two races since then.

De Kock also has Silver Thursday, an impressive winner last Saturday, among the nominations for the Starling Stakes and she is drawn No 14 of the 24 entries. 

It is interesting to note Port Elizabeth trainer Yvette Bremner has nominated two runners for this event, Veeipee Club and Via Seattle.   

Supplementary entries close at 11am on Friday with declarations by 11am on Tuesday 24 October.

Entries for the R250,000 Graham Beck Stakes (Grade 3)(three-year-olds) over 1400m

23 BLACKBALL (G H van Zyl) 56.0

34 BROADWAY TRIP (A G Laird) 56.0

2 ALSSAKHRA (P A Peter) 54.0

19 BOATSWAIN (R R Sage) 54.0

33 BORYA (G H van Zyl) 54.0

38 CASH TIME (G M Alexander) 54.0

1 DARKEST HOUR (B D Botes) 54.0

24 FLYING FREE (G H van Zyl) 54.0

14 FULL MAST (M/A Azzie) 54.0

31 GALACTIC WARRIOR (M N Houdalakis) 54.0

28 GONNAFLY (T Zackey) 54.0

17 HAKEEM (M F de Kock) 54.0

13 IDEAL SECRET (M/A Azzie) 54.0

10 KEANAN’S ROCK (S G Tarry) 54.0

18 KURT’S APPROVAL (B O Wiid) 54.0

20 MISSOURI (S G Tarry) 54.0

7 MIYOSHI (G M Alexander) 54.0

4 MUJAAFY (M F de Kock) 54.0

30 MUJALLAD (M F de Kock) 54.0

11 NAAFER (M F De Kock) 54.0

5 ORPHEUS (M/A Azzie) 54.0

36 PLAY THE NIGHT (S G Tarry) 54.0

6 PRINCE OF KAHAL (R R Magner) 54.0

37 REBEL’S CHAMP (P A Peter) 54.0

15 SEA KING (J J van Vuuren) 54.0

35 SECRET HARBOUR (P F Matchett) 54.0

8 SEERITE (R R Sage) 54.0

22 SILVER GOD (S G Tarry) 54.0

27 SIR DAVID BAIRD (M F de Kock) 54.0

25 SO LONG SPRING (T Zackey) 54.0

29 STAR OF JOBURG (E Verdonese) 54.0

9 THE PUMA (R R Sage) 54.0

32 VARALLO (C Laird) 54.0

26 WHORLY WHORLY (C Binda) 54.0

21 WONDEROUS CLIMBER (S G Tarry) 54.0

12 ZEN ARCADE (L W Goosen) 54.0

3 ZERODARKTHIRTY (S G Tarry) 54.0

16 WINTER’S FORGE (S M Ferreira) 51.5

Entries for the R250,000 Starling Stakes (Grade 3) (three-year-old fillies) over 1400m.

2 VEEIPEE CLUB (Y Bremner) 56.0

5 VIA SEATTLE (Y Bremner) 56.0

23 AURELIA COTTA (S G Tarry) 54.0

17 FOREST EXPRESS (S G Tarry) 54.0

1 GREEN TOP (A G Laird) 54.0

18 LA BASTIDE (S G Tarry) 54.0

3 LET IT FLOW (M N Houdalakis) 54.0

21 MAR DEL SUR (G H van Zyl) 54.0

22 MOHALLELA (M F de Kock) 54.0

10 MRS O (M/A Azzie) 54.0

13 NO MORE WORDS (R R Sage) 54.0

7 OUTLANDER (C Spies) 54.0

12 ROCKIN RUSSIAN (S G Tarry) 54.0

16 SERENDIPITY (M N Houdalakis) 54.0

14 SILVER THURSDAY (M F de Kock) 54.0

6 STAR PROFILE (C Spies) 54.0

9 TAKINGTHEPEACE (M F de Kock) 54.0

11 TAMARINA (A G Laird) 54.0

4 THINK TWICE (R R Sage) 54.0

19 VARSITY GIRL (C Dawson) 54.0

24 VENTURI (C J Lensley) 54.0

20 VIRGINIA MOON (P A Peter) 54.0

8 WINTER’S FORGE (S M Ferreira) 54.0

15 WITCH OF THE WEST (M N Houdalakis) 54.0

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