Jack Milner: Will Takingthepeace win the R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks over 2450m at Turffontein on Saturday 5 May and claim the R1-million bonus that goes with capturing all three legs of the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara?
When the Mike de Kock-trained runner won the first leg, the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2) over 1600m, there were many who thought it was a flash in the pan. However, when this daughter of Visionaire came from last in the Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic over 1800m to catch Green Top in the final stride, she won over many more fans.
Now all eyes will be on Takingthepeace in the Oaks to see if she can match the feat of Igugu and Cherry On The Top, the only other two winners of the Triple Tiara.
There are doubts about her staying ability and the De Kock stable have been saying all the time that Silver Thursday is their Oaks contender but Takingthepeace has beaten her in both the Fillies Guineas and Fillies Classic and could very well do so again. Silver Thursday finished second in the Fillies Guineas but was unplaced in the Fillies Classic. She did lose her original rider when Anthony Delpech was injured a race earlier. Silver Thursday is beautifully drawn at No 4 for the Oaks.
Once again, she has landed a wide draw but that has not stopped her before and with her last-to-first style of running it is unlikely to bother her.
Alec Laird-trained Green Top is also among the entries and is nicely drawn at No 6. However, on breeding there has to be some doubt as to her staying power as she is a half-sister to Doosra and Master Blaster who have excellent form at around 1400m. Nevertheless, there is a half-brother, Wicket Maiden, who did see out the distance but he was by Silvano.
De Kock has dual entries for Cascapedia and Orchid Island in both the R4-million Premier’s Champions Challenge (Grade 1) and the Grade 2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes, both over 2000m.
Supplementary Entries for SA Nursery, SA Fill Nursery, Camellia Stakes, Gerald Rosenberg Stakes, SA Oaks and Gold Bowl close at 9am on Thursday 26 April. Declarations close at 11am on Monday 30 April.
Entries for the R1-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks (Grade 2) (3rd Leg of SA Triple Tiara) over 2450m at Turffontein on Saturday 5 May.
14 AZKUR (C D van Zyl) 60.0
8 CASHEL PALACE (A G Laird) 60.0
10 CHARIOT OF GOLD (S G Tarry) 60.0
7 EMPRESS ROCK (W H Marwing) 60.0
3 FLICHITY BY FARR (A Wright) 60.0
11 FOREST EXPRESS (S G Tarry) 60.0
15 GOTTALOTTALUV (S T Pettigrew) 60.0
6 GREEN TOP (A G Laird) 60.0
1 MAR DEL SUR (C D van Zyl) 60.0
9 OUR SHINING STAR (S M Ferreira) 60.0
13 PILGRIM’S PROGRESS (C D van Zyl) 60.0
2 PRETTY BALLERINA (O A Ferraris) 60.0
5 SECRET POTION (G V Woodruff) 60.0
4 SILVER THURSDAY (M F de Kock) 60.0
12 TAKINGTHEPEACE (M F de Kock) 60.0
12 AFRICAN DYNASTY (C D van Zyl) 0.0
12 SUNSHINE SILK (G V Woodruff) 0.0
Entries for the R400,000 Highlands Stud Camellia Stakes (Grade 2)(F&M) over 1160m
17 ARISSA (A G Laird) 58.0
7 ARTEMISIA (G J Maroun) 58.0
11 GREEN PEPPER (J J van Vuuren) 58.0
6 HEAPS OF FUN (S G Tarry) 58.0
8 MY FRIEND LEE (M N Houdalakis) 58.0
13 MYFUNNYVALENTINE (S G Tarry) 58.0
16 QUEEN LAURIE (G J Maroun) 58.0
12 SECRET STAR (S T Pettigrew) 58.0
5 TAHINI (S G Tarry) 58.0
2 WRECKING BALL (G J Maroun) 58.0
14 GREEN PLAINS (S G Tarry) 57.5
3 COVERED IN SNOW (D N Stenger) 56.5
10 LA BELLA MIA (W H Marwing) 56.5
18 NO MORE WORDS (R R Sage) 56.5
9 RADIANT SPLENDOUR (G M Alexander) 56.5
1 SCHIPPERS (G V Woodruff) 56.5
15 WINTER’S FORGE (S M Ferreira) 56.5
4 DAGMAR (M F de Kock) 50.0
Entries for the R400,000 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes (Grade 2)(F&M) over 2000m
5 ORCHID ISLAND (M F de Kock) 60.0
8 WIND CHILL (J A Soma) 59.0
4 BI POT (G V Woodruff) 58.0
13 CASCAPEDIA (M F De Kock) 58.0
9 COLD CASH (G M Alexander) 58.0
10 GIRL ON THE RUN (J J van Vuuren) 58.0
11 OH MY DARLING (M F de Kock) 58.0
1 PATCHIT UP BABY (O A Ferraris) 58.0
7 PENNINGTON SANDS (T Zackey) 58.0
2 SABINA’S DYNASTY (P A Peter) 58.0
3 SILVAN STAR (G S Kotzen) 58.0
6 SIMPLY ROYAL (S G Tarry) 58.0
14 TAMBALANG (S G Tarry) 58.0
12 WITCHCRAFT (S G Tarry) 58.0