Horses / Horse News

Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
2 minute read
19 Oct 2021
9:31 am

Cream of Highveld horses entered in renamed Charity Mile

Mike Moon

Among the entries are several candidates for the Summer Cup in late November.

War Of Athena will be amongst the fan favourites at the Gauteng Summer Cup at Turffontein on Saturday. Picture: JC Photographics

Reigning Triple Crown and Tiara champions Malmoos and War Of Athena could meet for the first time if they stand their ground for the Grade 2 Steelrode – OnamissionMile to be run at Turffontein on Saturday 30 October.

However, they may not be each other’s biggest concern on the day as a cluster of other stellar names are among the 27 entries received at the first entry stage of the renamed event.

The popular and storied race used to be known as the Charity Mile (and before that the November Handicap) and has been operator Phumelela’s social investment showpiece in recent years.

A new sponsor for the event has appeared in shining armour, just as racing emerges from its darkest hours of coronavirus and financial collapse, and doubled the prize money to R800,000.

Among the entries are several candidates for the Summer Cup in late November and, as always, the race will be used as a high-quality preparation for the Highveld’s premier race – and a key Cup pointer for punters.

The likes of multiple Grade 1 winner Got The Greenlight, recent Joburg Spring Challenge victor MK’s Pride and up-and-coming Al Muthana are among the nominees that stand out.

Other than MK’s Pride, current leading trainer Paul Peter has entered highly rated Sound Of Summer and stalwart Astrix. They drew barrier positions 1, 17 and 3 respectively.

Former champion trainer Sean Tarry has seven entries: Cornish Pomodoro, Flying Carpet, Ikigai, Seehaam, Indlamu, Tierra Del Fuego and Willow Express.

Master conditioner Mike de Kock has Malmoos, Al Muthana, Sparkling Water and Forever Mine.

De Kock will be happy with the draws of Al Muthana and Malmoos, who are at No 2 and No 8 respectively.

War Of Athena landed the No 16 draw while Got The Greenlight drew very wide at No 23.

Supplementary entries close at 11am on Friday 22 October. Entries close at 11am Friday 22 October 2021 and weights are published the same day. Declarations are due by 11h00 on Tuesday 26 October.

Five other feature races are scheduled for the 10-race Charity Mile meeting, which will the first on the Standside track since its spring treatment.

Entries for CHARITY MILE, Grade 2, R800,000, 1600m (Turf)
(Draw, name, trainer, MR)

2Al Muthana (AUS)Mike de Kock101
12Approach ControlCandice Dawson102
3AstrixPaul Peter112
24BingwaDorrie Sham111
20ChijmesJ A Janse van Vuuren108
4Copper MountainJ A Janse van Vuuren121
19Cornish PomodoroSean Tarry107
6EliudCandice Dawson112
27ExpressFromTheUSStuart Pettigrew118
10Flying CarpetSean Tarry109
14Forever MineMike de Kock107
25G G’s DynastyPeter Muscutt105
23Got The GreenlightJoe Soma126
22IkigaiSean Tarry107
15IndlamuSean Tarry99
26Majestic MozartAshley Fortune104
8MalmoosMike de Kock125
1Mk’s PridePaul Peter120
21Pack LeaderAlec Laird105
18Puerto Manzano (ARG)J A Janse van Vuuren113
5Running BraveFanie Bronkhorst115
13SeehaamSean Tarry107
17Sound Of SummerPaul Peter99
11Sparkling WaterMike de Kock109
9Tierra Del FuegoSean Tarry110
16War Of AthenaPaul Matchett122
7Willow ExpressSean Tarry103