Geoff Woodruff
Geoff Woodruff

Geoff Woodruff

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

SA CLASSIC DAY

Turffontein, 30 March 2013

Both Tellina and Cherry On The Top, winners of the Gauteng Guineas and Gauteng Fillies Guineas respectively, have been entered for the big races on SA Classic Day, Saturday 30 March at Turffontein.

The R2-million SA Classic over 1800m is the second leg of the SASCOC SA Triple Crown, while the R1-million SA Fillies Classic forms the second leg of the Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara. The first legs were the Gauteng Guineas and Gauteng Fillies Guineas, while the final legs - the SA Derby and SA Oaks - will be run on Champions Day, 27 April.

Tellina, who is highly rated by the Geoff Woodruff yard, went into the Gauteng Guineas a well-backed 6-1 chance with a rating of 88. The handicappers took a dim view of his 0.50-length victory over War Horse and upped his rating to 100, making him the second highest-ranked runner on the list of entries for the Classic. Francois Bernardus, only sixth in the Guineas, is at the top of the ratings, 0.5kg better than his Guineas conqueror.

Tellina and Francois Bernardus drew at Nos 11 and 12 respectively and should start from single-figure stalls. War Horse will start on their outside, while Alexandra Palace, one of the big fancies in the Guineas but only ninth, has drawn almost on the paint at No 2.

Should Tellina also win the SA Classic, he stands in line to win the R2-million Triple Crown bonus for any horse who wins all three legs. There is a R1-million bonus for the filly who wins all three of the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara races, the Gauteng Fillies Guineas, the SA Fillies Classic and the SA Oaks, and Cherry On The Top is a filly who could well lift the additional prize.

The Ormond Ferraris-trained daughter of Tiger Ridge has a top-class record of six wins from nine career starts and her dam, Carolina Cherry, won the SA Oaks in 2001. She is the top-rated horse on the list of entries by two lengths and has drawn well at No 3.

Gauteng Fillies Guineas runner-up, Do You Remember, is the second top-rated runner at 100 and Woodruff’s filly will also have her supporters if she is declared to run when final acceptances fall due on 20 March. There is an additional entry stage for the two races, on Monday 18 March.

Extract from Tab News

SA CLASSIC (Grade 1)

Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

Entries

#

Horse

MR

Dr

Trainer

1

FRANCOIS BERNARDUS

101

12

Tyrone Zackey

2

TELLINA

100

11

Geoff Woodruff

3

LOVE STRUCK

99

6

Paul Lafferty

4

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

98

25

Geoff Woodruff

5

WAR HORSE

98

13

Corne Spies

6

GITIANO

97

3

Alec Laird

7

NO WORRIES

97

16

Gavin van Zyl

8

FANTASTIC MR FOX

96

26

Paul Matchett

9

GRAY’S CHAMP

95

28

Gavin van Zyl

10

SABADELL

94

24

Geoff Woodruff

11

EMERALD APPROACH

93

9

Mike de Kock

12

SWIFT AND STRONG

93

21

Sean Tarry

13

ALEXANDRA PALACE

92

2

Mike de Kock

14

ROCK OF ARTS (AUS)

92

18

Weiho Marwing

15

AMERICAN STORM

91

27

Spike Lerena

16

SAFE HOUSE

91

10

Mike Azzie

17

BAY OF BENGAL

89

15

Mike Azzie

18

CANNON

88

19

Mike de Kock

19

ROCK COCKTAIL (AUS)

88

1

Mike de Kock

20

TEQUILA SUNRISE

86

20

Mike de Kock

21

THE KING AND I

86

4

Sean Tarry

22

WILD ONE

85

23

Jeff Freedman

23

COOKIE MONSTER

84

22

Roy Magner

24

TOP COMMAND

83

8

Sean Tarry

25

VITRUVIAN MAN

83

14

Weiho Marwing

26

SAVAGE WIND

82

7

Joe Soma

27

WYLIE HALL (AUS)

82

5

Weiho Marwing

28

ROYAL LANCE (AUS)

75

17

Wieho Marwing

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

WILGERBOSDRIFT SA FILLIES CLASSIC (Grade 1)

Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

Entries

#

Horse

MR

Dr

Trainer

1

CHERRY ON THE TOP

104

3

Ormond Ferraris

2

DO YOU REMEMBER

100

10

Geoff Woodruff

3

KING’S TEMPTRESS

99

8

Kumaran Naidoo

4

FIRE WHEEL

95

14

Sean Tarry

5

JET BELLE

94

1

Robbie Sage

6

DYLAN’S PROMISE (AUS)

91

5

Charles Laird

7

ORATOR’S DAUGHTER

91

11

Alec Laird

8

NEGEV

90

13

Louis Goosen

9

SKY PIRATE

88

2

Weiho Marwing

10

AL KINDI

87

4

Mike de Kock

11

AMBER ORCHID (AUS)

81

6

Sean Tarry

12

CAT’S GAME

80

9

Stanley Ferreira

13

SECRET OBSESSION

80

12

Geoff Woodruff

14

WALKING ON THE MOON

78

7

Weiho Marwing

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow