Hunting Tower seeks Gr 1 double in Champions Cup on All Stars Day

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<p>HUNTING Tower will have to overcome an outside draw if he is to complete a Grade 1 double at Clairwood on Saturday.</p>

<p>&nbsp;The Vodacom Durban July winner contests the R500 000 Dubai Racing Club Champions Cup over 1800m does, however, have the advantage of being one of the better-weighted runners in the field.<br />
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Charles Laird&rsquo;s runner is the top weight for the race but only 5kg separates the entire fields in this conditions event. With a merit racing of 112, Hunting Tower should be conceding large chunks of weight to all but three of the runners &ndash; three-year-olds Kildonan, Biarritz and Dynamite Mike.</p>
<p>However, the fact that he has to jump from draw NO 15 may well negate any of his weight advantage.</p>
<p>Kildonan may have disappointed in the Durban July but if the handicappers have got it right, he is by far the best-weighted runner in this event. He has a MR of 115, the highest in the race, and has just 55kg to carry.</p>
<p>But he is drawn outside of Hunting Tower at No 16 and that will not make matters too easy for jockey Weichong Marwing. Last year Kildonan won the Premier&rsquo;s Champion Stakes and trainer Mike de Kock will no doubt be keen to see his charge back in the No 1 box again this year.</p>
<p>Dynamite Mike was considered unlucky by many to not have finished a little closer to the leaders in the Durban July but he will get a good chance here to redeem himself. He will probably prefer this shorter distance and from draw No 9, he has to be one for the shortlist.</p>
<p>Biarritz appears to love this course loves this course and has run two crackers at Clairwood. Last year, with the affliction of the worst draw, in the field, he came from clouds to run second Kildonan in the Premier&rsquo;s Champion Stakes and had the talented Divine Jury behind him in third place.</p>
<p>Then last month, in the Grade 1 Gold Challenge, Biarritz came from way back to run a 0,85 lengths fourth to Succesful Bidder. Kildonan was just a head in front of him and Biarritz is now 1,5kg better off.</p>
<p>Equal Image, who won this race last year, is back fro a second crack and he has come to form at just the right time. He is also not well drawn at No 12 and may struggle to beat his younger opponents.</p>
<p>Argonaut and Kilcoy Castle set up a delicious clash in this year&rsquo;s Premier&rsquo;s Champion Stakes over 1600m. Geoff Woodruff&rsquo;s runner, Argonaut, could not have been more impressive when winning the Golden Horseshoe (G1) on Durban July day at Greyville and it comes as no surprise that bookmakers have priced him up as the 1-1 favourite.</p>
<p>But Kilcoy Castle has impressed in his two starts to date and with the Sean Tarry stable in excellent form, this is gearing up to be a great match up.</p>
<p>The Thekwini Fillies Strake also looks a match race between Gilded Minaret and the Cape Town-based Nania. De Kock&rsquo;s Gilded Minaret made it two wins from two starts when storming home345 in the Golden Slipper at Greyville but Joey Ramsden&rsquo;s runner was equally impressive when capturing a Juvenile Plate at Clairwood over 1500m earlier this month. State Factor from the Michael Azzie stable is the only other runner at single figures in the betting.</p>
<p>Also run on Saturday are the Dubai International Racing Carnival Derby and the Dubai Racing Club Oaks, both over 2400m.</p>
<p>Final fields for the five graded races to be run at Clairwood on Saturday are:</p>
<p>DUBAI RACING CLUB CHAMPIONS CUP (Grade 1)(Conditions Race) R500 000 1800m</p>
<p>1 – 15 HUNTING TOWER (C Laird) A Marcus 58.0 – 112 2 – 12 EQUAL IMAGE (M F De Kock) K Shea 57.5 – 109 3 – 8 MALTEME (A G Laird) J Geroudis 57.0 – 105 4 – 7 JAGGED ICE (D Kannemeyer) S Cormack 55.5 – 109 5 – 18 HILGROVE (M W Bass) K Neisius 55.5 – 107 6 – 3 ROYAL AIR FORCE (G V Woodruff) M Khan 55.5 – 100 7 – 16 KILDONAN (M F De Kock) W Marwing 55.0 – 115 8 – 14 APPELATE COURT (G S Kotzen) M Byleveld 55.0 – 97 9 – 17 CAPTAIN CORAGEOUS (L Wiid) G Lerena 54.5 – 104 10 – 2 SILVER MIST (J Ramsden) G Hatt 54.0 – 107 11 – 1 SINGING SWORD (T Zackey) P Strydom 54.0 – 107 12 – 10 HIS LORDSHIP (G V Woodruff) J Sampson 54.0 – 106 13 – 4 AFRICAN APPEAL (M W Bass) J Lloyd 54.0 – 103 14 – 11 FORK LIGHTENING (S G Tarry) B Smith 54.0 – 102 15 – 9 BIARRITZ (S J Gray) …………… 53.5 – 110 16 – 6 DYNAMITE MIKE (M G Azzie) G Schofield 53.5 – 108 17 – 13 SURFIN’ USA (M Dixon) M Odendaal 53.0 – 100 Reserve Runners 18 – 5 NORTHERN WOLF (G V Woodruff) Reserve 1 54.0 – 98 Same Trainer: (2,7) (5,13) (6,12,18)</p>
<p>MEYDAN PREMIER’S CHAMPION STAKES (Grade 1)(For 2 year olds) R500 000 1600m</p>
<p>1 – 3 ARGONAUT (G V Woodruff) M Khan 57.0 – 107 2 – 5 PROFIT REPORT (G V Woodruff) A Marcus 57.0 – 102 3 – 9 KILCOY CASTLE (S G Tarry) B Smith 57.0 – 94 4 – 2 LET’S GET STARTED (N L Bruss) G Hatt 57.0 – 94 5 – 1 JUDGE JUPITER (W H Marwing) M Odendaal 57.0 – 92 6 – 8 JAZZ GIANT (M G Azzie) G Schofield 57.0 – 90 7 – 14 LION’S BLOOD (T Zackey) P Strydom 57.0 – 89 8 – 10 CHANNELSEVENTYTWO (M F De Kock) W Marwing 57.0 – 88 9 – 4 WOODLAND BLAZE (W H Marwing) K Shea 57.0 – 87 10 – 13 KINGDOM COME (G V Woodruff) J Lloyd 57.0 – 86 11 – 6 SILVERWARE (C Spies) F Naude 57.0 – 86 12 – 7 DA VINCI’S LEGACY (D Zaki) S Randolph 57.0 – 85 13 – 12 THUNDERING JET (G S Kotzen) B Fayd’Herbe 57.0 – 81 14 – 11 FIRE KING (M F De Kock) J Geroudis 57.0 – 0 Same Trainer: (1,2,10) (5,9) (8,14)</p>
<p>MEYDAN THEKWINI FILLIES STAKES (Grade 1)(For 2 year old Fillies) R350 000 1600m</p>
<p>1 – 10 GILDED MINARET (M F De Kock) W Marwing 57.0 – 103 2 – 7 STATE FACTOR (M G Azzie) G Schofield 57.0 – 100 3 – 11 CLEOME (M F De Kock) K Shea 57.0 – 97 4 – 4 NANIA (J Ramsden) J Lloyd 57.0 – 95 5 – 1 IMPERIALIST (W H Marwing) M Odendaal 57.0 – 92 6 – 12 LADY BONZER (C Laird) A Marcus 57.0 – 92 7 – 14 LASER FAN (G H Van Zyl) P Strydom 57.0 – 92 8 – 2 MOCHACHINO (M G Azzie) B Fayd’Herbe 57.0 – 92 9 – 3 MIA JOSHUA (G S Kotzen) M Byleveld 57.0 – 88 10 – 15 ELLA ENCHANTED (D C Howells) G Lerena 57.0 – 86 11 – 6 ROSE LIPPED MAIDEN (D Kannemeyer) S Cormack 57.0 – 82 12 – 9 PRESTIC (M F De Kock) K Latham 57.0 – 80 13 – 13 WINERY ROAD (M F De Kock) J Geroudis 57.0 – 80 14 – 8 ICE BELLE (J Ramsden) G Hatt 57.0 – 79 15 – 5 AQUATINT (M W Bass) K Neisius 57.0 – 76 Same Trainer: (1,3,12,13) (2,8) (4,14)</p>
<p>DUBAI INTERNATIONAL RACING CARNIVAL DERBY (Grade 2)(For 3-year-olds) R200 000 2400m</p>
<p>1 – 16 MR BROCK (M F De Kock) W Marwing 57.0 – 98 2 – 5 OUR GIANT (C Laird) A Marcus 57.0 – 98 3 – 8 BOUND TO TRAVEL (A G Laird) J Geroudis 57.0 – 92 4 – 6 PRINCE ASAD (G V Woodruff) M Khan 57.0 – 92 5 – 11 BOUND BY HONOUR (S G Tarry) B Smith 57.0 – 90 6 – 12 DESERT LINKS (B Marcus) J Lloyd 57.0 – 90 7 – 14 GOVERNATOR (B Marcus) K Neisius 57.0 – 89 8 – 10 SER DE CARRERA (G S Kotzen) R Hill 57.0 – 89 9 – 4 KIWINSKY (M G Azzie) G Schofield 57.0 – 94 10 – 3 PIRATE’S GOLD (G S Kotzen) M Byleveld 57.0 – 86 11 – 1 DAY OF THE PIPER (G S Kotzen) K Latham 57.0 – 85 12 – 7 TARWOOD (M F De Kock) G Lerena 57.0 – 79 13 – 13 AUTUMN FROST (M F De Kock) K Shea 57.0 – 84 14 – 15 FOX LOOT (W H Marwing) M Odendaal 57.0 – 80 15 – 2 MAN RAY (M W Bass) B Fayd’Herbe 57.0 – 80 16 – 9 GO GOING GONE (P L Lunn) P Dillon 57.0 – 67 Same Trainer: (1,12,13) (6,7) (8,10,11)</p>
<p>DUBAI RACING CLUB OAKS (Grade 2)(For 3-year-old Fillies) R200 000 2400m</p>
<p>1 – 5 ARABIAN PEARL (M F De Kock) W Marwing 57.0 – 98 2 – 1 RIVER JETEZ (M W Bass) K Neisius 57.0 – 97 3 – 6 LONDON FASHION (G V Woodruff) M Khan 57.0 – 94 4 – 3 STAR OF THE SEA (C Laird) A Marcus 57.0 – 94 5 – 11 COMPETITOR (J Ramsden) G Hatt 57.0 – 93 6 – 7 CYMBELINE (M W Bass) B Fayd’Herbe 57.0 – 90 7 – 12 PRETTY PARTNER (R G Phillips) J Geroudis 57.0 – 87 8 – 9 LA BELLA DONNA (M H Maingard) J Lloyd 57.0 – 85 9 – 8 LONDON BALLET (M G Azzie) G Schofield 57.0 – 84 10 – 10 CRESCENT LILY (G S Kotzen) M Byleveld 57.0 – 83 11 – 2 CLANDESTINE (D Kannemeyer) S Cormack 57.0 – 80 12 – 4 MISS MICKY (G V Woodruff) G Lerena 57.0 – 79 Same Trainer: (2,6) (3,12)</p>

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