Athena tops Cup boards

Athena tops Cup boards


Jack Milner: Filly War Of Athena has moved to the top of the betting boards for Saturday’s World Sports Betting presents the Gauteng Summer Cup.

The R2-million Grade 1 race will be run over 2000m on the Turffontein Standside track.

The four-year-old filly was in spectacular form last season with wins in all three legs of the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara, the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 at Greyville and the Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge.

While she only came up against runners of her own sex, she won those races without much effort and revealed she had lost none of her zip with a triumphant return a Pinnacle Stakes for fillies and mares over 1400m at Turffontein, giving 10kg and a drubbing to last season’s champion two-year-old Rain In Holland.    

Fillies have held their own in this race over the years with Ilha Da Vitoria (2005), Flirtation (2010), Dancewiththedevil (2011) and Summer Pudding (2020) all having success in this event.

Her connections will be delighted with the No 5 draw she pulled at Monday’s draw and if she does pull it off, it will be the first Summer Cup success for both trainer Paul Matchett and jockey Muzi Yeni  

Early favourite Malmoos has drifted marginally to 33-10 with Got The Greenlight at 5-1. They are the only runners quoted in single figures.

Good news for bettors is that TAB will be having its own version of Black Friday with carryover mania totalling R7.1 million on the Summer Cup meeting. The breakdown is as follows:


* BiPot (Leg 1 Race 2): Carryover = R250,000 with likely pool R750,000

* Place Accumulator (Leg 1 Race 3): Carryover = R100,000 with likely pool R750,000

* Pick 6 (Leg 1 Race 4): Carryover = R3,000,000 with likely pool R12,000,000

* Jackpot 1 (Leg 1 Race 5): Carryover = R500,000 with likely pool R1,200,000

* Jackpot 2 (Leg 1 Race 7): Carryover = R400,000 with likely pool R800,000

* Pick 3 Races 8 to 10: Carryover = R250,000 with likely pool R400,000

* Trifecta Race 5: Carryover = R200,000 with likely pool R400,000

* Trifecta Race 6: Carryover = R200,000 with likely pool R400,000

* Trifecta Race 7: Carryover = R200,000 with likely pool R400,000

* Quartet Race 8 (S Cup): Carryover = R2,000,000 with likely pool R4,000,000


Latest betting

3-1 War Of Athena

33-10 Malmoos

5-1 Got The Greenlight

14-1 Second Base

15-1 Bingwa, Puerto Manzano, Al Muthana

22-1 Shango, Golden Pheasant, Sparkling Water

28-1 Astrix, Majestic Mozart, Flying Carpet

45-1 Seehaam

70-1 African Adventure, Tierra Del Fuego, Tree Tumbo, Johnny Hero, Green Haze


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