The eagerly anticipated SA Champions Season kicks off this Saturday 4th May at Hollywoodbets Greyville with the running of the Gr2 Independent on Saturday Drill Hall Stakes, as well as the WSB Gr2 Guineas and WSB Gr2 Fillies Guineas. The time-honoured Drill Hall Stakes has over the years, been the springboard to Gr1 races for many horses.

The 2024 Champions Season promises to be a ‘red hot’ arena, with races being contested over a variety of distances by South Africa’s top horses, as the season builds up to the most famous race of them all, the Hollywoodbets Durban July.

There are 10 races on the card on Saturday, with several #KZNBreds running, and two representatives the Gr2 World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas over 1600m:

• Minogue, Vercingetorix-Kileigh, was bred by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds. She is owned by Itssa It & Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd, and trained by Wendy Whitehead and;

• Soldier’s Eye, Rabada – Admiral’s Eye, was bred by Summerhill Stud. She is owned by Gerald Kalil and trained by Weiho Marwing.

Thanks to Gold Circle and Hollywoodbets we are looking forward to a feast of top class racing with stakes of nearly R35 million on offer over the coming 3 months.

Fingers and hooves crossed that the export restrictions to EU countries having been relaxed, our #KZN and #SouthAfricanbred champions can make their mark on overseas racetracks as well.

With Princess Calla, Isivunguvungu and Beach Bomb already in quarantine in America and on track for a bid at the prestigious Breeders Cup series of races in November, hopes are high that the 2024 SA Champions Season will unearth many more future international Gr1 winners.

Featured photos of the two #KZNBred entries in Fillies Guineas: Minogue & Soldier’s Eye, courtesy of Anneke Akal Kitching.


Gold CircleHollywoodbetsBlue Sky ThoroughbredsSporting PostBloomhill WartburgKaren Evans KalilAnneke Akal Kitching.

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