Jack Milner: The first set of weights for the R750,000 World Sports Betting Grand Heritage (Non-Black Type) over 1475m at the Vaal on Saturday 29 September have been announced while the sponsors have put up the early betting for the race.
Once again the race, which will have 28 runners charging up the Vaal straight, has attracted a large entry of 58 runners.
However, the way the weights have been determined, Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained Mardi Gras comes in with a very nice weight of 56.5kg and he has been priced up a pretty warm favourite at 15-4. While the price might not appear to be all that short, second favourite is Zouaves and he is on offer at 12-1. Geoff Woodruff’s charge has been weighted to carry 61kg.
Janse van Vuuren knows what it takes to win this race as he captured the inaugural event in 2016 with Irish Pride, who is again among the hopefuls.
The Grand Heritage is open to all horses and the final field is by way of invitation from racing operator Phumelela.
To be considered for inclusion in the final field, every horse nominated must have had at least a minimum of ONE run from the time of first entry up to and including the time of the final supplementary entry.
Base weights are determined by the handicapper prior to consideration of additional weights for Graded and Listed races. Additional penalties for highest Graded/Listed win in the last 18 months are: Grade 1 3kg, Grade 2 2kg, Grade 3 1kg, Listed 0.5kg.
Thereafter, where applicable, amended weights for runs between first and final supplementary entries will be published on a weekly basis until final weights are announced. There is no sex allowance and no apprentice allowance.
First supplementary entries close at 11am on Monday 17 September with the final weights announced the next day.
Declarations close at 11am on Wednesday, 19 September after which the final field will be embargoed and announced at an event on later that day.
Stakes are payable up to 15th position, provided 28 runners plus two reserve runners are declared, with the first prize being R406,250.
Betting: 15-4 Mardi Gras; 12-1 Zouaves; 14-1 Divine Odyssey; 18-1 Kings Archer; 20-1 Sail For Joy; 22-1 Irish Pride; 25-1 Unagi, Noble Secret, African Ruler, Tsitsikamma Dance, Count Tassilo, Chepardo; 28-1 Socrates; 33-1 Clever Guy, Africa Rising, Mount Keith, Yamoto; 35-1 Soldier On, Purple Diamond, Killua Castle, Talktothestars; 40-1 and upwards others.
Weights and draws for the R750,000 WSB Grand Heritage (Non-Black Type) over 1475m at the Vaal on Saturday 29 September:
18 AFRICA RISING (S G Tarry) 64.5
19 NOBLE SECRET (M F de Kock) 64.5
9 TANDAVA (G Terzi) 64.5
30 UNAGI (G M Alexander) 64.0
55 TALKTOTHESTARS (F C de Beer) 63.5
31 FINCHATTON (G Terzi) 61.5
24 KINGS ARCHER (S T Pettigrew) 61.5
36 ZOUAVES (G V Woodruff) 61.0
4 ROUGE ALLURE (S Moffatt) 60.0
53 CLEVER GUY (S Moffatt) 59.5
23 IRISH PRIDE (J J van Vuuren) 59.5
7 JUST ASK ME (C J Lensley) 58.5
29 PURPLE DIAMOND (S G Tarry) 58.5
54 TOP SHOT (G M Alexander) 58.0
37 AFRICAN RULER (P A Peter) 57.5
10 DIVINE ODYSSEY (J J van Vuuren) 57.0
50 MARDI GRAS (J J van Vuuren) 56.5
49 PILOU (S G Tarry) 56.5
43 CHEPARDO (A G Laird) 56.0
57 DAFFIQ (G Terzi) 56.0
34 RINGS AND THINGS (A B Fortune) 56.0
27 SAIL FOR JOY (F P Habib) 55.5
58 SOLDIER ON (S T Pettigrew) 55.5
8 JUBILEE LINE (F P Habib) 54.5
42 KILLUA CASTLE (G V Woodruff) 54.5
14 STRAWBERRY PAVLOVA (S J Gray) 54.5
3 IMAGE AWARD (S G Tarry) 54.0
39 YAMOTO (S G Tarry) 54.0
41 COUNT TASSILO (S G Tarry) 53.5
21 LONDON SECRET (S G Tarry) 53.5
5 TSITSIKAMMA DANCE (A B Fortune) 53.5
46 HUYSSTEEN (M N Houdalakis) 53.0
12 LAKE KINNERET (S J Gray) 53.0
1 SOCRATES (S W Humby) 53.0
33 CLASSIFY (D Sham) 52.5
6 REBUKED (S Moffatt) 52.5
17 SILVER COIN (G Terzi) 52.5
35 FLYING WINGER (A G Laird) 52.0
13 BOLD COAST (S M Ferreira) 51.0
11 DANZA (A G Laird) 51.0
38 SILVER PEG (G M Alexander) 51.0
32 FULL OF ATTITUDE (J A Soma) 50.5
47 DAN THE LAD (P F Matchett) 50.0
26 MOUNT KEITH (A B Fortune) 50.0
51 WILLIAM NICOL (S J Gray) 50.0
15 BOCKSCAR (S G Tarry) 49.5
2 GALACTIC WARRIOR (M N Houdalakis) 49.0
52 COMBAT MUSTER (S J Gray) 48.5
28 SEVENTH OF JUNE (P A Peter) 48.5
44 DIVINE CONNECTION (A G Laird) 48.0
25 CHAPEL JIVE (S J Gray) 47.5
45 STREET FLYER (P F Matchett) 47.5
20 BRONX BOMBER (A G Laird) 47.0
16 CERTIFIABLE (S J Gray) 46.5
56 DHABYAAN (M F de Kock) 46.5
40 TORIO LAKE (J J van Vuuren) 45.5
22 SOVEREIGN REIGN (D Nieuwenhuizen) 45.0
22 HIDDEN AGENDA (S W Kenny) 0.0
22 LILY STARLETTE (P F Matchett) 0.0
22 NEPHRITE (M N Houdalakis) 0.0
22 TOKYO DRIFT (S W Kenny) 0.0