Three talented three-year-olds, including two fillies from KwaZulu-Natal stables, were added to the list of Vodacom Durban July hopefuls at the first supplementary entry stage on Tuesday.
They join the 46 remaining horses that stood their ground at yesterday’s first acceptance stage for the R4.25-million, Grade 1 spectacle that draws massive local and international interest and claims the right to be rated the greatest race on the African continent.
The fillies that have joined the battle for a place in the final field of the 2 200m event at the Theatre of Champions at Greyville in Durban on July 7 are the daughter of Go Deputy from the Alyson Wright stable, Flichity By Farr, and the Duncan Howells stable inmate Fiorella.
The third supplementary entry is the bay gelding Rocket Countdown from the Candice Bass-Robinson yard.
Flichity By Farr gave notice that she was to be given the utmost respect when finishing just over a length second to Secret Potion in the recent Oaks at Turffontein where Takingthepeace failed to win and secure the Triple Tiara.
She had shown little before that to suggest she could be a July candidate but her earlier wins over 1 800m and 2 000m indicated that she would enjoy ground and her Oaks performance confirmed that.
Fiorella upstaged superstar Snowdance in the Daisy Fillies Guineas at Greyville recently and indicated that she had a fair amount of talent before that when one-and-a-half lengths fourth behind Takingthepeace in the SA Fillies Classic at Turffontein.
The Howells stable is in top form and the Captain Al filly could make her final bid for a big-race invitation in the Grade 1 Woolavington next month.
Rocket Countdown first put his hand up as a gelding worth following when beating the Brett Crawford-trained White River home in the Selangor Cup. White River has since finished second in the Cape Guineas and third in the Byerley Turk and is currently in the top 18 on the first Vodacom Durban July Log.
Rocket Countdown’s latest quest for consideration came when second from the widest draw to Rainbow Bridge in the Cape Winter Guineas confirming that he could be worth considering for a July ticket. – Richard McMillan.
$ Denotes 1st Supplementary Entry
ABASHIRI M G Azzie/A A A 115
AFRICAN NIGHT SKY Justin Snaith 108
CASCAPEDIA (IRE) Mike de Kock 109
CHARIOT OF GOLD Sean Tarry 87
CORAL FEVER Robbie Sage 118
CROWD PLEASER J A Janse van V 105
DARK MOON RISING Paul Lafferty 95
DEO JUVENTE Geoff Woodruff 109
DO IT AGAIN Justin Snaith 110
ELUSIVE SILVA Justin Snaith 107
$FIORELLA Duncan Howells 108
$FLICHITY BY FARR Alyson Wright 100
FORT EMBER Paul Peter 105
GIRL ON THE RUN J A Janse van V 100
GLIDER PILOT Tyrone Zackey 106
GOLD STANDARD Glen Kotzen 117
GREEK FIRE M G Azzie/A A A 106
HEAD HONCHO Andre Nel 98
IT’S MY TURN Dean Kannemeyer 108
LEGISLATE Justin Snaith 117
LIEGE Sean Tarry 110
LIKE A PANTHER Mike de Kock 106
MAJESTIC MAMBO Paul Peter 104
MAMBO MIME Dean Kannemeyer 104
MATADOR MAN Sean Tarry 105
NGAGA (AUS) Andre Nel 99
OH SUSANNA (AUS) Justin Snaith 121
PACK LEADER Glen Kotzen 107
PEROVSKIA Harold Crawford 109
PLATINUM PRINCE Justin Snaith 101
RABADA Brett Crawford 112
$ROCKET COUNTDOWN Candice Bass-Robinson 102
ROY HAD ENOUGH (AU Frank Robinson 110
ROY’S RIVIERA (AUS Frank Robinson 96
ROYAL CRUSADE Mike de Kock 101
SABINA’S DYNASTY Paul Peter 106
SECRET POTION Geoff Woodruff 102
SHENANIGANS Sean Tarry 89
SOCIAL ORDER Sean Tarry 106
STAR EXPRESS Justin Snaith 109
STEEL ROSE Glen Puller 106
STRATHDON Justin Snaith 97
SURCHARGE Stuart Pettigre 109
THE SLADE Dean Kannemeyer 105
TILBURY FORT Sean Tarry 100
WARRIOR’S REST Sean Tarry 102
WHITE RIVER Brett Crawford 108
WILD WICKET Duncan Howells 100
YAKEEN (AUS) Mike de Kock 97
The following have all now been scratched:
BANNER HILL, BRAZUCA, DAWN ASSAULT, FRENCH NAVY, GAMBADO, LADY IN BLACK, LEGEND, MARDI GRAS, MY FAVOURITE BROWN, NOBLE SECRET, NOTHER RUSSIA, RED CHESNUT ROAD, SAFE HARBOUR, SARATAOGA DANCER, SILVA’S BULLET , SILVAN STAR, SILVER GOD, SILVER THURSDAY, SIMPLY ROYAL, TAKINGTHEPEACE , THE ROCKETMAN, THRONG, WIND CHILL