As expected runners from the stables of champion trainer Sean Tarry and Mike de Kock dominate the entries for the R1-million HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes (Grade 1) over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday 22 April.
Tarry has nominated five runners including three-year-old Safe Harbour who at 106, has the highest merit rating of the 19 entries. She put up an improved performance when narrowly beaten by Orchid Island in the Grade 1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Classic over 1800m.
She is likely to prefer this 1600m and having drawn at No 7 will have plenty fans if she runs. Tarry has also entered Intergalactic, Trophy Wife, Tahini and Heaps Of Fun.
De Kock has nominated three runners, including Nother Russia, three-year-old Al Hawraa and The Centenary, who is likely to find this trip a touch sharp.
Cape Town-based trainer Justin Snaith has entered Star Express who narrowly beaten by Nightingale in the Grade 1 Klawervlei Paddock Stakes on Sun Met Day.
She has not raced since then but would be a massive contender if she runs. Fort Ember has been taking on the boys of late and performed well and Paul Peter’s runner has also got the advantage of jumping from No 1 draw.
Supplementary entries close at 9am on Thursday, with declarations by 11am on Tuesday 18 April