pierre joburg spring challenge
pierre joburg spring challenge

Pierre Jourdan - Joburg Spring Challenge (Gr3)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

PIERRE JOURDAN DRAWS 3 FOR CHARITY MILE

Pierre Jourdan drew at No 3 for the R600,000 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday 6 November and his trainer Gary Alexander was delighted with what he described as “a cracking draw”.

“The draw is important over 1600m, especially at Turffontein,” he said. “We’re there for nothing because he won’t have to fight for position. Now we just have to leave it to Andrew (Fortune).”

Alexander added that his star four-year-old’s preparation was going well.

Pierre Jourdan, who has been beaten only twice in his career, made a winning comeback from a long rest in the Joburg Spring Challenge recently and Alexander mused: “It was a surprise when he won, but his class got him through. I’m very happy with him. As an individual he’s getting stronger and bigger all the time. He’s turning over nicely and is on track for the Summer Cup - if he can pull off a win in this race, it’ll be great.”

Pierre Jourdan will run on behalf of the Maphanzela Primary School and will be publicly represented by Bridget Masinga.

Trainer Mike Azzie was not too disappointed when Service Ace drew at No 9, though he said: “I would have liked to be drawn 3, 4, 5, or 6. But nine isn’t a bad draw and he will stay out of trouble from there.”

“Obviously the Summer Cup is his mission, so he’s just short of his best, but I have got him well enough to run a nice race. I want him to come out of the race unscathed and to come on from the run.”

“I wish the graded race committee would give this race back its Grade 1 status because, looking at the field, it deserves it. It is certainly a race I’m keen on winning. I came so close with Imperial Despatch. And if Service Ace did win it, I would be over the moon.”

Service Ace will be represented by Emmanuel Castis and will run for the Peermont Emperors Palace-nominated charity Thembakazi Primary School.

Galanthus’ trainer Tyrone Zackey was also at the draw ceremony and said: “Galanthus is a nice horse and he’s improving daily”.

He confirmed that Galanthus, who was most impressive in winning last week, is still on the upgrade and will be a contender in both Charity Mile and Summer Cup.

The final field in order of number, draw, horse, trainer, jockey, weight, merit rating, media partner, charity and celebrity :

PEERMONT EMPERORS PALACE CHARITY MILE

DRAW AND WEIGHTS

#

Draw

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

KG

MR

1

5

RUDRA

Mike de Kock

K Shea

62.0

112

2

3

PIERRE JOURDAN

Gary Alexander

A Fortune

61.0

112

3

12

GALANTHUS

Tyrone Zackey

G Figueroa

58.5

107

4

9

SERVICE ACE

Michael Azzie

G Lerena

58.5

107

5

4

BULSARA

Gavin Van Zyl

R Danielson

58.0

106

6

13

GALILEO’S GALAXY

Charles Laird

A Marcus

58.0

106

7

17

MASTER BLASTER

Geoff Woodruff

D David

58.0

106

8

14

CAPTAIN SCOTT

Alec Laird

F Herholdt

57.5

105

9

6

ASLAN

Sean Tarry

P Strydom

57.0

104

10

1

HAVASHA

Mike de Kock

R Simons

57.0

104

11

15

ZORBA’S TALE

Lucky Houdalakis

S Khumalo

56.5

103

12

8

VERTICAL TAKEOFF

Sean Tarry

tba

55.5

101

13

7

THANDOLWAMI

Craig Eudey

B Lerena

55.0

100

14

2

ALDERRY

Mike de Kock

A Delpech

54.5

99

15

18

AUTUMN GOLD

Sean Tarry

tba

54.5

99

16

10

IRON WOOD

Alec Laird

JP v’d Merwe

54.0

98

17

16

IRON CURTAIN

Robbie Sage

Reserve 1

53.5

97

18

11

HEADSTRONG

Mike de Kock

Reserve 2

53.5

97

PEERMONT EMPERORS PALACE CHARITY MILE

CHARITIES AND CELEBRITIES

#

Horse

Media

Charity

Celebrity

1

RUDRA

Emperors Palace

Monde Primary School

Gerry Eisdon

2

PIERRE JOURDAN

Emperors Palace

Maphanzela Primary School

Bridget Masinga

3

GALANTHUS

Daily Sun

Othandweni Children’s Home

Pabi Moloi

4

SERVICE ACE

Emperors Palace

Themakazi Primary School

Emmanuel Castis

5

BULSARA

Emperors Palace

Reahle Primary School

Relebongile (Lebo) Mabotja

6

GALILEO’S GALAXY

Emperors Palace

Khangezile Primary School

Sonia Booth

7

MASTER BLASTER

Racing Association

San Michele

Jen Su

8

CAPTAIN SCOTT

Emperors Palace

Mogobeng Primary School

Connie & Shona Ferguson

9

ASLAN

Emperors Palace

Nageng Primary School

Thuli Sithole

10

HAVASHA

The Citizen

Animal Anti-Cruelty Leaugue

Cindy Nell

11

ZORBA’S TALE

Emperors Palace

Umkhathize Primary School

Redi Tihabi

12

VERTICAL TAKEOFF

Emperors Palace

Welamlambo Primary School

Leanne Manas

13

THANDOLWAMI

TAB

Highveld Horse Care Unit

Neil Andrews

14

ALDERRY

Emperors Palace

Fortune Kunene Primary School

Mmabatho Montsho

15

AUTUMN GOLD

Emperors Palace

Izibuko Primary School

Craig Hinds

16

IRON WOOD

Emperors Palace

Jongimfundo Primary School

Brian Mitchell

17

IRON CURTAIN

18

HEADSTRONG

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