De Kock seeks ‘Triple Crown’

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Jack Milner: Heavenly Blue is the lone runner from the Mike de Kock yard entered for the R2-million SA Derby over 2450m at Turffontein on Saturday 6 May.

The Derby is the third leg of the SA Triple Crown but that cannot be won this year as Janoobi captured the first leg and Heavenly Blue the second.

However, both are trained by De Kock and if Heavenly Blue does win the Derby it will be a De Kock Triple Crown.

There were 10 horses nominated when entries closed yesterday. Champion trainer Sean Tarry has two entries, Al Sahem, who finished second in the Guineas and third in the SA Classic, and Furiosa. Geoff Woodruff has nominated Pagoda, who was a convincing winner of the Listed Derby Trial over 2000m.

The entries for the R1-million Computaform Sprint also closed yesterday and Carry On Alice is among them and will attempt to defend the title. The fillies and mares will have a lot of fans for this event over 1000m as Jo’s Bond from the Justin Snaith yard and speedy three-year-olds Hashtag Strat and Wrecking Ball are also entered for the dash up the straight.

Brutal Force won a Pinnacle Stakes on Saturday over the course and distance so Joey Ramsden’s runner will also have plenty of supporters.

Supplementary entries close at 10am on Monday 24 April.

There were no supplementary entries for the R4-million Premiers Champions Challenge which will be run over 2000m at the same meeting.

Declarations for all three events must be received by 11am on Wednesday 26 April and the draws and final field will be announced at a function in the Centenary Room at Turffontein Racecourse at 11.30am

Entries for the R2-million SA Derby (Grade 1) over 2450m
AL SAHEM (S G Tarry) 60.0
ARLINGTON (R R Sage) 60.0
CAPTAIN AT SEA (G van Zyl) 60.0
FURIOSA (S G Tarry) 60.0
HEAVENLY BLUE (M F de Kock) 60.0
HIERONYMUS (B O Wiid) 60.0
KING OF BLUES (P A Peter) 60.0
LEE’S PICK (B O Wiid) 60.0
OKAVANGO DELTA (R R Sage) 60.0
PAGODA (G V Woodruff) 60.0

Entries for the R1-milion Computaform Sprint (Grade 1) over 1000m
ANJAAL (J L van Heerden) 60.0
ARABIAN BEAT (P A Peter) 60.0
BRUTAL FORCE (J Ramsden) 60.0
CHAMPAGNE HAZE (G M Alexander) 60.0
DOING IT FOR DAN (L W Goosen) 60.0
DOLLAR DAZZLER (A G Laird) 60.0
GRADUATION DAY (J A Soma) 60.0
ISCA (G H van Zyl) 60.0
MOOFEED (M F de Kock) 60.0
PIVOTAL PURSUIT (G M Alexander) 60.0
RAFEEF (M F d Kock) 60.0
RONNIE ROCKET (J Vos) 60.0
SPLENDID GARDEN (M G Azzie) 60.0
TRIP TEASE (L W Goosen) 60.0
TRIP TO HEAVEN (S G Tarry) 60.0
CLEVER GUY (S Moffatt) 58.5
PILLAR OF HERCULES (J Ramsden) 58.5
RIVARINE (M G Azzie) 58.5
CARRY ON ALICE (S G Tarry) 57.5
ELUSIVENCHANTMENT (D C Howells) 57.5
JO’S BOND (S J Snaith) 57.5
EXQUISITE TOUCH (S G Tarry) 56.0
HASHTAG STRAT (L W Goosen) 56.0
SEATTLE SINGER (C Spies) 56.0
WRECKING BALL (G J Maroun) 56.0

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