The R2-million Summer Cup tops the card and Betting World have Mike de Kock-trained Orchid Island as the 13-2 favourite but the betting for the Grade 1 race over 2000m on the Standside card remains very tight with 13 of the 20 runners lying between 13-2 and 14-1. De Kock is looking for a 10th Summer Cup victory and will be relying on Orchid Island and Anthiny Delpech to do the job for him. Crowd Pleaser has a lot going for him other than the track as trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren’s main concern is that in the long straight they will be able to run him down.
Geoff Woodruff has won the last four running s of this race and with two earlier wins – El Picha and Eventuail – he will be looking for a sixth win. Woodruff has a three-pronged attack with Pagoda (JP van der Merwe) Banner Hill (Grant van Niekerk) and Master Switch with Pagoda the most fancied of the trio at 8-1. TAB will open betting on the meeting on tomorrow but already the good news for bettors is that the Net Pick 6 carryover has been increased a further R500,000 to R1.7 million and now the estimated pool is now R6 million.
The Investec Dingaans over 1600m for three-year-olds is another popular event on the card and Big Bear, winner of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup on Charity Mile day, has been priced up as the 2-1 favourite to win this event. However, he does have as good a draw as last time as he will jump from barrier No 12 this time.
SANSUI SUMMER CUP (GRADE 1) 13-2 ORCHID ISLAND 7-1 CROWD PLEASER 8-1 HEMOSO MUNDO, PAGODA 9-1 ABASHIRI 14-1 LIEGE, SOCIAL ORDER, FRENCH NAVY, WIND CHILL, BRAZUCA, BANNER HILL
16-1 MASTER SWITCH, GIRL ON THE RUN 19-1 CORAL FEVER 20-1 TILBURY FORT 25-1 NEW PREDATOR, MASTER SABINA 33-1 FORT EMBER 40-1 LET IT RAIN 66-1 MAC DE LAGO INVESTEC DINGAANS (GRADE 2) 2-1 BIG BEAR 6-1 PIETRO MASCAGNI 7-1 LIKE A PANTHER 8-1 MONKS HOOD 10-1 IDEAL SECRET, ALSHIBAA 12-1 ALWAHSH 16-1 PUGET SOUND 20-1 AND UPWARDS OTHERS MERCHANTS (GRADE 2) 7-1 BULL VALLEY 11-2 GRADUATIONA DAY 10-1 THE THINKER, PERA PALACE, RIVARINE 15-1 WILL PAYS, TALKTOTHESTARS
18-1 ROMI’S BOY 20-1 AND UPWARDS OTHERS IPI TOMBE STAKES (GRADE 2) 11-10 NOTHER RUSSIA 11-2 GUNS AND ROSES 8-1 SHE’S A GIVER, SECRET STAR 10-1 SECRET STAR, BELLA SONATA, BI POT
12-1 SYLVAN ON FIRE 16-1 AND UPWARDS OTHERS FILLIES MILE (GRADE 3) 18-10 SAN FERMIN, FOLK DANCE 9-2 CASHEL PALACE 8-1 WITCH OF THE WEST
14-1 AURELIA COTTA, MRS 0 16-1 AND UPWARDS OTHERS MAGNOLIA HANDICAP (GRADE 3) 4-1 SPRING WONDER, WRECKING BALL 7-1 QUEEN LAURIE 8-1 MYFUNNYVALENTINE
10-1 SHIVERING SEA 12-1 MY FRIEND LEE, ALILEO, LA BELLA MIA, FAVOUR`S PRIDE 14-1 DARING DIVA, KILAUEA 16-1 AND UPWARDS OTHERS RACING ASSOCIATION HANDICAP (LISTED) 5-2 FORTISSIMA 6-1 GONE BABY GONE 7-1 SAVE THE RHINO, RUN RHINO RUN 8-1 COOL CHARDONNAY 11-1 ROYAL HONOUR 12-1 STORM WARNING, BONDIBLI 14-1 AND UPWARDS OTHERS.