Pierre Jourdan wins the 2011 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile
Pierre Jourdan wins the 2011 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile

Pierre Jourdan wins the 2011 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (Gr2)

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PEERMONT EMPERORS PALACE CHARITY MILE (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

3 November 2012

Pierre Jourdan is set to challenge for victory in the R600,000 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile at Turffontein on Saturday 3 November for the second year running and fared well in the ballot for barrier positions at a special function held at Emperors Palace earlier this week.

The Charity Mile is a unique event that brings together top horses, celebrities and sponsors in aid of charity with each horse publically represented by a celebrity and running on behalf of a charity nominated by a sponsor. The finishing positions determine the amount each charity wins with a whopping R100,000 for the charity represented by the winning horse.

Pierre Jourdan’s connections were delighted when he drew at No 8 for the Grade 2 race because low-number stalls are an advantage over the Turffontein standside 1600m.

No runner has won the Charity Mile twice since its inception, but Pierre Jourdan tends to hit form at this time of year and his charity in this year’s race, San Michele, will be hoping for a bold effort by the Gary Alexander-trained gelding.

Champion trainer Mike de Kock has five runners including talented Link Man, who will run for Daily Sun-nominated charity African Angels and will be represented by actor Alfred Ntombela. Link Man scored a good win in the Joburg Spring Challenge over 1450m on the inside track at Turffontein this month and is reasonably drawn at No 10.

His highly regarded stable companion Silver Flyer (runs for Emperors Palace-nominated Khangezile Primary After-School Care Centre and has Sindy Mabe as his celebrity) did not fare as well in the ballot, drawing at No 16. Silver Flyer likes to run from off the pace though and a wide draw should not unduly prejudice his chances of winning.

De Kock will also field Meadow Magic, Silent Partner and Mujaarib. Meadow Magic, who runs for Racing Express-sponsored the Highveld Horse Care Unit and will be represented by Neil Andrews, drew at No 13, while Silent Partner got No 9 barrier. Ultra-promising Mujaarib has won all three of his races to date but drew wide at No 15.

Sean Tarry’s Whiteline Fever, who will run for Emperors Palace-nominated Peermont School Support Programme and will be represented by Anele Mododa, drew well at No 6. He was rated among the top three-year-olds last season and started his four-year-old campaign with an impressive win over 1450m at Clairwood this month.

Northern Emperor drew widest of all at No 19 and was later withdrawn, which brings first reserve runner The Mouseketeer into the field.

Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (Grade 2)

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

LINK MAN

60.5

111

10

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

2

PIERRE JOURDAN

59.5

109

8

P Strydom

Gary Alexander

3

SMANJEMANJE

59.5

109

1

G van Niekerk

Tyrone Zackey

4

SNOWDOWN

58.5

108

2

B Fayd’Herbe

Ormond Ferraris

5

ROYAL BENCHER

58.5

107

11

S Randolph

Alec Laird

6

WHITELINE FEVER

58.5

107

6

R Danielson

Sean Tarry

7

SILVER FLYER

58.0

106

16

K Shea

Mike de Kock

8

GOLDEN CREST

57.5

105

7

M van Rensburg

Geoff Woodruff

9

Scratched

10

POTALA PALACE

55.5

101

18

G Lerena

Michael Azzie

11

ASTRO NEWS

54.5

99

12

M Yeni

Brian Wiid

12

MEADOW MAGIC

54.5

99

13

R Simons

Mike de Kock

13

GLORIOUS JET

53.0

96

14

na

St John Gray

14

ROMAN WALL

52.5

95

17

K Teetan

Sean Tarry

15

SILENT PARTNER

52.5

95

9

D David

Mike de Kock

16

MUJAARIB (AUS)

52.0

94

15

G Hatt

Mike de Kock

17

THE MOUSEKETEER

54.5

99

5

na

Sean Tarry

Reserve Runners

18

WITTENBERG

54.5

99

4

Reserve

Geoff Woodruff

19

KINGS ENTOURAGE

52.5

95

3

Reserve

Lucky Houdalakis

Extract from Sporting Post

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