Fling and Champagne: Noms

Fling and Champagne: Noms


The Grade 3 Final Fling and Champagne Stakes are now being run on the same card at Kenilworth on Saturday 28 July, following the wet weather-based decision to defer the Highlands Stud Winter Derby meeting to Saturday 15 July. This includes the Ladies Mile and the Winter Oaks which would have been too close for those running in the Final Fling on its original 21 July date.

Top weight in the Final Fling is last year’s Woolavington winner Lady Of The House, who runs in the Ladies Mile in the Mayfair Speculators colours, her first race since December. The Grade 1 winner cost R3.7 million as a yearling and comes under the hammer for a second time at the Central Route Trading Mixed Sale at Kenilworth on 26 July.

The Brett Crawford-trained filly shares top merit rating with last year’s winner Silvan Star whose more recent achievements include a third to Coral Fever in the Premier’s Champions Challenge at Turffontein in May.

Fresnaye, odds-on for the Winter Oaks, is rated only half a kilo behind the big two but is badly drawn at 16.

Nordic Breeze, who sprang a 25-1 shock in last year’s race, has again been nominated for the 1200m Champagne Stakes, a race her trainer Justin Snaith has won three times. On the evidence of recent Kenilworth meetings, she is not well drawn at 13 because the inside has been shown (by the penetrometer as well as the horses) to be significantly faster than the middle and outside on the sprint course.

Supplementary entries for both races close next Friday (July 20) with declarations the following Monday.

Entries and draws for the Final Fling Stakes (Grade 3) over 1 800m at Kenilworth:
4 Lady Of the House (4F) 60 108 BA Brett Crawford
10 Silvan Star (5M) 58 108 A Glen Kotzen
3 Brave Move (4F) 57 101 A Adam Marcus
2 Red Ginger (4F) 57 98 A Justin Snaith
12 Seattle Gold (4F) 57 98 A Brett Crawford
15 Konkola (4F) 57 87 A Justin Snaith
18 Party Crasher (4F) 57 86 A Glen Kotzen
8 Northern Ballet (5M) 57 84 A Justin Snaith
13 Baroness Mary (4F) 57 82 A Brett Crawford
14 Skip A Beat (5M) 57 81 AT Andre Nel
16 Fresnaye (3F) 55.5 107 A Joey Ramsden
7 Platinum Class (3F) 55.5 100 BA Justin Snaith
1 Midnight Moonlight (3F) 55.5 92 C J Burger/R van Reenen
11 Dynasty’s Blossom (3F) 55.5 90 BA Joey Ramsden
5 Love Supreme (3F) 55.5 90 A Brett Crawford
17 Glamorous Life (3F) 55.5 86 A Glen Kotzen
9 Ontenderhooks (3F) 55.5 85 AT Candice Bass-Robinson
6 Woodstock Fairy (3F) 55.5 80 A Candice Bass-Robinson

Entries and draws for the Champagne Stakes (Grade 3) over 1 200m at Kenilworth:
4 Goodtime Gal (5M) 58 103 A Michael Robinson
13 Nordic Breeze (4F) 58 95 A Justin Snaith
5 Captain’s Flame (5M) 57 99 AT Andre Nel
3 Arissa (4F) 57 96 A Eric Sands
8 Samsara (4F) 57 88 A Greg Ennion
15 Felicity Flyer (4F) 57 87 A Candice Bass-Robinson
1 Extradite (4F) 57 86 A Candice Bass-Robinson
14 Call To Account (3F) 56.5 102 A Joey Ramsden
7 Platinum Class (3F) 56.5 100 BA Justin Snaith
10 Made In Hollywood (3F) 56.5 97 A Joey Ramsden
11 Freedom Charter (3F) 56.5 93 A Candice Bass-Robinson
9 Lanark (3F) 56.5 91 A Andre Nel
2 Ostinato (3F) 56.5 89 A Glen Kotzen
12 Over Again (3F) 56.5 86 A R G Sheehan
6 Citizen Rose (AUS) (3F) 56.5 78 A Candice Bass-Robinson

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