13 KZN-bred horses will line up for the KZN Breeders Million Mile on Sunday, which will see over R2,8 million in stakes awarded to the connections of KZN-breds on the 9-race card Proudly KZN day.
A day dedicated exclusively to Thoroughbreds registered with the KZN Breeders Premium Scheme, the only one of its kind in South Africa, it will also have the running of the KZN Breeders Series of seven races for a stake of R200 000 each over 1200, 1600m and 1900m (one each for juvenile colts and fillies), as well as the final leg of the “Level The Playing Fields” Series.
Only two races are carded on the turf for the day – the Million Mile and the fourth and final leg of the very exciting “Level The Playing Fields” Series over 1400m.
There will be two prizegivings for the latter – the winners of the race on the day, and the overall winners of the series which will see the leading jockey, breeder, owner and trainer by points each take home a cheque of R50 000.
Thank you to our race day sponsors including Mustajeeb (GB), Flying The Flag (IRE), Eightfold Path / Scott Bros, Piemonte Stud, Spring Valley Stud, The Fort Stud and Hughcor.
Bookings may be made in the Durban View Room on the day at R300 per person, dont forget to wear your black and white!
The KZN Breeders Million Mile Field is as follows:
(Kahal – Coastal Waltz by Rambo Dancer)
A seven year old Summerhill-bred and graduate of their Summer Ready To Run Sale, No Worries has been a pleasure to own for Brian and Yolanda Burnard. Merit Rated 103, the fiesty old soldier is going for his third attempt at winning the Million Mile and if he does, will be the first horse in history to do so. A six-time winner who beat dual Gr1 winner Rabada in his previous Million Mile victory, No Worries finished three lenghts off Marinaresco in the Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes at the beginning of May. Gareth Van Zyl will have the chestnut gelding primed for this race under Warren Kennedy without a doubt. A winner of the Gr2 Joburg Spring Challenge, he also finished second by a nose to Vercingetorix in the Gr1 Daily News 2000 early in his career.
(Modern Day – Caribbean Rose by Personal Hope)
The seven year old must be one of the last remaining sons of Modern Day on the racetrack, and the Middlefield Stud-bred has been consistent throughout his career in the care of Mark Dixon. He loves the 1600m and owned by Mr B A Richard & Mrs C C Richard, has had six career wins – winning his previous start and another prior to that, and placing four times from his last six outings.
(AP Arrow – Ja-Ja by Jallad)
Five year old owned in partnership by Mrs J P Gardner & Messrs B G Gardner, Mark Khan & G P Sadie, trained by Gary Alexander and bred by Summerhill Stud. Another picture of consistency, a six-time winner in Gauteng, this will be his second attempt at Greyville. He has beaten the likes of Irish Pride previously, the latter having finished twice within a length of Gr1 winner Rafeef.
(Kahal – Gypsy Queen by Royal Chalice)
Rathmor-bred Gr3 winning half-brother to Gr1 winner Gypsy’ Warning and Gr2 winner Surabi. Trained by Ormond Ferraris, the four year old who has won five times has defeated the likes of Gr1 winner Deo Juvente in the past. He also finished second to Abashiri in the Sea Cottage Listed and won the Drum Star Handicap Listed from Gr1 Summer Cup placed Judicial. He has won twice over 1600m, all his starts have been at Turffontein and he will see Greyville for the first time on Sunday afternoon.
(Visionaire – Hlabelela by Muhtafal)
Albert Rapp’s liver chestnut mare trained by Doug Campbell is now four year old and won six times. A previous winner on this race day over this course and distance, she has placed previously in a Gr2 and Gr3 behind Olma and Cosmic Light respectively. She has Gr3 Track & Ball Oaks winning jockey Ian Sturgeon in the irons on Sunday.
(AP Arrow – Qusoor by Fasliyev)
Shadwell Stud-bred chestnut horse Kings Archer is owned by Mr I F M van Schalkwyk, has won four times and placed over this course and distance. Placed consistently 21 times (seven of those in second!) he has not disgraced himself in good company and has placed over the course and distance.
(Kahal – Nojoom by Galileo)
Summerhill-bred Gr2 winner of the Ipi Tombe Challenge for owner Mr Chris Van Niekerk and trainer Sean Tarry.
A four-time winning four year old with a pedigree to look forward to in the sales catalogue sheets in the future, she also placed a length in third to get Black Type in the Gr1 Empress Club Stakes. She has placed over this course and distance behind Inara in a Gr1.
(Mullins Bay – Mazisis by Albarahin)
Trained by Sean Tarry, the five year old mare has won five of her ten starts for onwers Messrs J Shill, M Finlay, L M Nestadt & M Trakman & Sean Tarry Racing C.C. (Nom: S G Tarry). She has also placed twice and two lengths off Persian Rug in the Syringa Handicap Listed. She is bred by Equus Champion Breeders Summerhill Stud.
(Admire Main – Cariad by Northern Guest)
Another represented by Champion breeder Summerhill Stud, four-time winner trained by Gary Alexander has placed five times previously, including second in his last start over 1600m at Turffontein. He finished four lengths off Zodiac Ruler over this course and distance in the Gr2 Golden Horseshoe.
Run Rhino Run
(Silvano – Haute Cuisine by Gallic League)
Roy Moodley’s five year old gelding out of the brilliant racemare, Haute Cuisine bred by Aldora Stud. Trained by Lezeanne Forbes who has had the most success with the five year old gelding, he placed three lengths behind recent Gr3 Derby winner Mr Winsome in the Michael Roberts Handicap Listed. Has won over this course and distance.
(Toreador – Sahara by Mogok)
Scott Bros handsome son of Toreador, trained by Sean Tarry for owners Messrs G D Tooch, G L Blank, G J Nassif, J Nassif, Z L Nassif, J Sarkis & Robin Scott. The three year old has only been out of the cheques on one occasion and cant be overlooked here. He has won twice including the Secretariat Stakes Listed, and placed second to Ektifaa in the Gr3 Tony Ruffel Stakes, where Doosra finished behind him.
(Mogok – Cape Sunset by Fantastic Light)
Half-brother to 4-time winner (from 7 starts) and now Mauritius resident, Caymen Sunset. Three year old Boiling Point is trained and owned by the same combination as Caymen Sunset, Geoff Woodruff and Mr Preggie Somasundram. A winner at Turffontein over 1450m, he recently placed ahead of the decent Kanonkop at the Vaal over 1800m.
(Trippi – Acquavella by Danehill Dancer)
Anton Procter-bred Dawn Calling has been very unlucky previously and deserves a Graded Stakes win this season. A gutsy filly owned by Mr David MacLean, the Trippi filly trained by Duncan Howells was voted Gold Circle’s leading two year old performer last season after placing second respectively in a Gr1 and Gr2 to Final Judgement and Querari Falcon. She has also followed up with two Gr3 places this season. She does relish the mile at Greyville and finished second (again!) in her last start to Louisiana in a Pinnacle Stakes, where she beat Intergalactic. Always game, she will be hard to beat here at the weights.
Final Field – 2017 KZN Breeders Million Mile
Sc# Horse Mass MR Draw B A T Jockey Trainer
1 NO WORRIES 60.0 103 (103) 6 B A T W Kennedy Gareth van Zyl
2 CARIBBEAN DAY 60.0 94 ( 94) 10 P A M V’Rensburg Mark Dixon
3 TOP SHOT 60.0 91 ( 91) 8 A T B Fayd’Herbe Gary Alexander
4 ROMANY PRINCE 59.0 101 (101) 1 A A Delpech Ormond Ferraris
5 LALA 57.5 100 (100) 11 A I Sturgeon Doug Campbell
6 KINGS ARCHER 56.0 91 ( 91) 12 B A K de Melo Stuart Pettigrew
7 INTERGALACTIC 55.5 99 ( 99) 2 A T …………. Sean Tarry
8 WUKKIN’ UP 55.5 93 ( 93) 3 A T …………. Sean Tarry
9 UNAGI 54.5 96 ( 93) 13 A C Zackey Gary Alexander
10 RUN RHINO RUN 54.0 84 ( 84) 4 A A Forbes Lezeanne Forbes
11 MATADOR MAN 53.0 94 ( 91) 5 A S Khumalo Sean Tarry
12 BOILING POINT 52.5 77 ( 74) 9 B A M Byleveld Geoff Woodruff
13 DAWN CALLING 50.0 95 ( 92) 7 A J P v’d Merwe Duncan Howells
Couplings: (3,9) (7,8,11)