Sean Tarry, who leads the race for Champion Trainer, is assured of his second successive title. He is on 206 winners with a mammoth R27,7-million in gross stake earnings, nearly R10-million clear of Justin Snaith, who has 188 winners to his credit so far. Snaith has a full week to rack up 12 more winners to get to the 200-winner mark, not impossible.
In the race for Champion Jockey, S’Manga Khumalo (237 winners at present) will secure his second title with a comfortable win over Anthony Delpech (204) – a well-deserved success for a top class rider though S’Manga is likely to spend a chunk of next season on the bench with pending suspensions likely to hit him hard. A bench in Barbados or the Bahamas may ease the pain.
Markus and Ingrid Jooste once again completely dominated the Owners’ Championship and will receive the trophy for the ninth successive time. The Joostes will crown a magnificent season having won their first Vodacom Durban July and more than R26-million in gross stakes, some R18-million clear of Adriaan and Rika van Vuuren.
There could be an exciting week ahead for those following the contest between Callan Murray (77 winners) and Lyle Hewitson (68) at the top of the log. Hewitson narrowed the gap between him and Murray with a four-timer at Fairview on Friday and if he holds the momentum can give Murray a challenge all the way to the line.
Both have a number of average mounts at Turffontein and Scottsville this weekend, with Murray having a decent book at Flamingo Park on Monday and Hewitson having what looks to be a better card on Wednesday (Scottsville) and Thursday (Vaal).
In the Breeders’ race, it is almost certain that Emperor Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud will wrest back the coveted crown from twice most recent Champions Klawervlei, whose $1-million win with Illuminator in the CTS Million Dollar won’t be taken into account and leaves John Koster’s farm roughly R700,000 adrift of the formidable Mooi River outfit.
Their healthy rivalry is set to continue in the 2016/17 season, with both stud farms stepping out the progeny of promising new stallions and several other formidable breeders chasing hard.
Extract from Turf Talk
South African Breeders' Championship
|Summerhill Stud||20 649 238|
|Klawervlei Stud||20 001 100|
|Maine Chance Farms||12 331 138|
|Highlands Farms Stud||12 076 638|
|Lammerskraal Stud||12 073 850|
|Wilgerbosdrift||10 324 425|
|Mauritzfontein Stud||9 591 075|
|Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert)||9 309 225|
|Scott Bros||9 078 412|
Courtesy of NHRA / Correct as at 24 July 2016