Jack Milner: The battle is on for the younger horses to qualify for the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint on Champions Day on 5 May and the first big race for prospective three-year-old stars to up their merit ratings is the Grade 3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap over 1000m at Turffontein on Saturday.
Among the entries are Mike de Kock-trained Mujallad and Punta Cana, Barrack Street from the Sean Tarry yard, Whorly Whorly trained by Clinton Binda, Paul Peter’s Rebel’s Champ and Brigtnumberten who is trained by Roy Magner.
There are 19 entries for the Tommy Hotspur Handicap with Champagne Haze allocated top weight of 61kg and Talktothestars slated to carry 60.5kg.
Champagne Haze is trained by Gary Alexander who was also the conditioner of Tommy Hotspur. Talktothestars, owned and trained by Coenie de Beer, won the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint at Scottsville and also finished second behind Carry On Alice in the Computaform Sprint, both in 2016.
The final field will be announced on Tuesday.
Entries for the R250,000 Tommy Hotspur Handicap (Grade 3) over 1000m at Turffontein on Saturday 17 February.
19 CHAMPAGNE HAZE (G M Alexander) 61.0
2 TALKTOTHESTARS (F C De Beer) 60.5
7 WRECKING BALL (G J Maroun) 59.5
16 PURE BLONDE (A G Laird) 57.5
13 QUEEN LAURIE (G J Maroun) 56.0
6 CLEVER GUY (S Moffatt) 53.5
18 GREASEPAINT (R R Magner) 53.5
3 MUJALLAD (M F De Kock) 53.5
17 SPORTING MONARCH (B Warren) 52.5
12 WHORLY WHORLY (C Binda) 52.0
11 BARRACK STREET (S G Tarry) 49.5
15 GOLDEN MAN (G J Maroun) 49.5
14 BRIGTNUMBERTEN (R R Magner) 49.0
10 PUNTA CANA (M F De Kock) 49.0
4 ANGEL’S POWER (M/A Azzie) 0.0
9 REBEL’S CHAMP (P A Peter) 0.0
1 RIVARINE (M/A Azzie) 0.0
5 SPLENDID GARDEN (M/A Azzie) 0.0
8 TANDAVA (G Terzi) 0.0