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Durban July Log At June 5

Contender Tales Of Bravery<br>Photo by Liesl King

After the running of the Group 1 Daily News over 2000m at Greyville on June 2nd, and the withdrawal of three horses, there have been significant movements on the Vodacom Durban July log as at June 5th.

Jackson was the outstanding winner of the Daily News on Saturday, the race which trainer Brett Crawford targeted for the imposing Dynasty three-year-old colt for after his Cape Derby win at Kenilworth in January.

Champions Day Belongs To De Kock

Mike De Kock<br>Photo by Liesl King

Champion trainer Mike de Kock dominated yet another big meeting witjh five wins on Champions Day at Turffontein on Saturday including two Group One events and three of the Group 2 races.

Irish-bred Rock Of Gibraltar five-year-old mare Europa Point won the G1 R2 million President's Champions Challenge under Anthony Delpech to cap a wonderful day for De Kock and owner Mary Slack's Wilgerbosdrift Stud.

Stars Gather For Champions Day

More than R7.2 million in prize money will be up for grabs on Champions Day, the richest program on the South African racing calendar, at Turffontein on Saturday when nine feature black type races including four Grade One events will be decided.

Igugu Heads Challenge Entries

Igugu and Andrew Delpech<br>Photo by Liesl King

Champion mare Igugu heads the list of entries for the R1 million President's Champions Challenge over 2000m at Turffontein on April 28.

The Australian-bred daughter of Galileo is a multiple G1 winner, having won two of the country's premier events, the Vodacom Durban July last season and the J&B Met last month as well as the SA Fillies Classic and Woolavington 2000.

G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes Preview

Covenent<br>Photo by Liesl King

An excellent field of fillies and mares contest the R500,000, Grade 1, WFA Klawervlei Majorca Stakes (1600m) at Kenilworth on Saturday as part of the Cape's top raceday, J & B Met Day.

South Africa's leading stables have entered eleven runners for the race headed by Gibraltar Blue from Mike de Kock's Durban yard with the Rock Of Gibraltar four-year-old mare trying to regain her Grade 2 Ipi Tombi Challenge form over 1600m from April 2010.

Igugu Heads Strong Met Field

Igugu wins the Durban July<br>Photo by Gold Circle

There were few surprises when the final field was announced for the R2.5-million J&B Met to be run over 2000m at Kenilworth on Saturday 28 January with South Africa's reigning Horse of the Year Igugu heading a fantastic field of 16.

Australian-bred Igugu, the winner of nine of her 11 starts in South Africa including the G1 Vodacom Durban July, has recovered from a slight setback and is a hot ante-post favourite for the finale to the Sizzling Summer Season in the Western Cape.

Grade 1 Fields Due Monday

The final fields for the three Grade 1 races on J & B Met Day at Kenilworth on January 28th were released on Monday.

Summer Season Countdown

Champion mare Igugu<br>Photo by Liesl King

The countdown has begun for the highlight of South Africa's Sizzling Summer Season, the R2.5 million, Grade 1 J & B Met to be run over 2000m at Kenilworth, Cape Town, on January 28th.

An unusual feature of the J & B Met is that the final field of 20 is determined by what is called the

Golden Sword Among Met Entries

Golden Sword<br>Photo by Racing and Sports

All the big guns have been entered for the R2,5 million J & B Met to be run over 2000m at Kenilworth on January 28 with the race given an international flavour with the entry of Chester Vase winner and Irish Derby runner-up Golden Sword.

The Irish-bred Golden Sword, by top international sire High Chaparral, has been purchased by Mike de Kock out of the Ballydoyle yard of Aiden O'Brien.

Award Precedes Group One Win

Outstanding mare Dancewiththedevil got the timing right when she won the G1 Summer Cup at Turffontein last Saturday less than 24 hours after she was named the Kwazulu-Natal Breeder's Horse Of The Year.

Dancewiththedevil Reigns Supreme In Summer Cup

Dancewiththedevil<br>Photo by Gold Circle

Dancewiththedevil delivered a scintillating finish to win the R2 million, Grade 1, Sansui Summer Cup(2000m) at Turffontein on Saturday.

The five-year-old mare, under Gavin Lerena, swooped up late from last to record the biggest win of her career.

Spring Is In The Air At Turffontein

Gibraltar Blue<br>Photo by Gold Circle

Despite unseasonal wet weather in some parts of the country, spring is here to stay.

It heralds the arrival of long sunny days, reminds us to unpack the braai and dust off the beach gear and most importantly it brings about the re-emergence of the country's top horses from their post July slumber.