Champions Cup takes on new sport betting backer
All roads will lead to Greyville at the end of July when Gold Circle hosts a two-day festival with two feature races sure to lure racing connoisseurs.
World Sports Betting was announced on Wednesday as the new sponsor for the R1m grade1 Champions Cup on Saturday July 29 with the R1.25m grade3 eLan Gold Cup the top-liner on July 30.
"We are delighted to welcome World Sports Betting on board as Champions Cup sponsors," said Gold Circle marketing executive Graeme Hawkins.
"This two-day inaugural racing festival, presented by Prosport International, promises to combine the best of thoroughbred racing with top-class entertainment," he said.
The new Champions Cup sponsor will be delighted that the field for its 1,800m race may include Vodacom Durban July winner Marinaresco and Justin Snaith’s filly Bela-Bela.
Candice Bass-Robinson, trainer of Marinaresco, who won the cup 12 months ago, has also entered Nightingale, while Snaith, who made no secret of it that he fancied Black Arthur for SA’s most famous race, will be looking for an improved effort from his four-year-old.
Gold Challenge victor Captain America will be in the cup field with the Brett Crawford inmate attempting to put the cherry on top of an outstanding season for the Cape trainer.
Ten Gun Salute never became competitive in the July but is well drawn, while It’s My Turn falls into the same category as he ran out of energy in the July after leading the field into the straight.
On the Sunday, the Gold Cup is hugely popular with punters every year trying to find a long-priced winner over the marathon trip of 3,200m.
With 52.5kg on his back and Callan Murray flying back to ride Mike de Kock’s runner, perhaps we should look no further than Gold Vase third, Kinaan.
The son of Galileo has had this race as his major objective all season.
However, Snaith will want to spoil the party for Kinaan supporters with one of his two entries, Captain Splendid and July fourth, Krambambuli.
Captain Splendid lost the Gold Vase to Hermoso Mundo following an objection and it remains to be seen whether he can exact his revenge on Weiho Marwing’s stayer.
A total of 19 races will be run over the two-day festival, which has an entrance fee of R80 — that works out to R40 a day, which seems a bargain with some of the country’s best thoroughbreds in action.