Empress Club final field

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Empress Club final field

WARREN KENNEDY

Summer Pudding has stood her ground and will line up in Saturday’s HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes over 1600m.

The Grade 1 race for fillies and mares carries prize money of R750,000.

Only two runners – Mill Queen and Saragon – were pulled out at declaration stage which has left a field of 11.

The race does appear to be at the mercy of Paul Peter-trained Summer Pudding, a winner of 10 of 11 races. Eight of those victories have come on the Turffontein Standside track.

She demonstrated her wellbeing last month when running out a 3.50-length winner of the Grade 2 Colorado King Stakes over 2000m, where she took on the colts.  

Warren Kennedy rides the daughter of Silvano and she jumps from barrier No 3.

Her main opposition is expected to come from Running Brave, Lady Of Steel and Seehaam.

In the WSB Summer Cup over 2000m, Running Brave, in receipt of 2kg, was beaten 2.50 lengths by Summer Pudding while Lady Of Steel finished a 2.10-length third behind Summer Pudding in last year’s Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 at Greyville at level weights, and could be better suited to this 1600m.

Sean Tarry-trained Seehaam could not have been more impressive when winning the Listed Jacaranda Handicap over 1800m at Turffontein. However, she carried 52.5kg will carry 60kg on Saturday.       

Two three-year-olds have accepted in Zimbaba and Due Diligence.

Betting: 5-10 Summer Pudding; 9-1 Running Brave, Lady Of Steel, Seehaam; 14-1 Kelpie; 15-1 Wisteria Walk, Due Diligence; 28-1 Marygold; 30-1 Rio’s Winter; 33-1 Zimbaba; 45-1 Rouge Allure

 

 

HSH PRINCESS CHARLENE EMPRESS CLUB STAKES (Grade 1)(For Fillies and Mares at Weight-for-Age) R750,000 1600m

 

1 – 3 SUMMER PUDDING (P A Peter) W Kennedy 60.0 – 129

2 – 9 RUNNING BRAVE (F Bronkhorst) M Yeni 60.0 – 119

3 – 6 KELPIE (B Crawford) A Marcus 60.0 – 115

4 – 7 LADY OF STEEL (J J van Vuuren) G Lerena 60.0 – 111

5 – 5 WISTERIA WALK (M N Houdalakis) C Zackey 60.0 – 107

6 – 10 MARYGOLD (A G Laird) S Khumalo 60.0 – 105

7 – 2 RIO’S WINTER (S Moffatt) L J Ferraris 60.0 – 104

8 – 4 SEEHAAM (S G Tarry) L Hewitson 60.0 – 100

9 – 1 ROUGE ALLURE (S Moffatt) R Munger 60.0 – 96

10 – 8 DUE DILIGENCE (M F De Kock) C Murray 57.5 – 105

11 – 11 ZIMBABA (S G Tarry) C Habib 57.5 – 98

Same Trainer: (7,9) (8,11)

 

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