Held on Saturday, August 29, at the illustrious Vaal, the R250,000 G3 August Stakes over 1200m was a treat for sports enthusiasts, both those who love watching race horses and those who are fans of mechanical horse power.
Among the many features that made this event stand out, one was the innovative event heralded as the “Race to Jump” initiative. The main idea behind this initiative was to showcase as many as 90 ex or retired race horses in a jumping competition, one that proved to leave the audience enthralled. In addition to this, the BMW Vaalridge Auto show displayed a variety of the very best of BMW vehicles for the mechanical horse power savvy.
The Supreme Series
The second installment in the Super Supreme Series, this event was preceded by another sprint organized by World Sports Betting, the Non-Black Type, on August 8. Held at the Flamingo Park, the event ended with the victory of the Louis Goosen-trained horse, Varbration. The next and final installment in the series, an event over 1450m, will be held on September 26.
Prior to the start of the Super Supreme Series, the betting company set a bonus of R5,500,000 on the horse emerging victorious in all 3 of the installments. When it came to their notice that Varbration would not be competing in the August stakes, the bonus was changed to R100,000 for only the last two installments of the series, so as to yield maximum public interest.
Although claiming this generous bonus will be no easy feat come September, a number of the entries at the August Stakes had the potential to do so. Among them was:
- Mike Azzie-trained Isphan, a victor of a number of races over 1450m, with a merit rating of 99
- Olympic Bolt, who carries a preference much farther than both the races but will be performing 1200m for the first time, marking his 1200m debut
- Ormond Ferraris-trained Captain Haddock, who has won two times over a mile and a big runner
- Alec Laird-trained five-year-old Bouclette Top, a contestant with class and livened up by blinkers and a well-deserved merit rating of 108
- Jade Vine, a victor in course as well as distance at both the Supreme Cup and the August Stakes
- Roman Carnival, quite an effective runner from 1200m to a mile
- Olypmic Owen, a winner of GR3 over 1100m and very close to 1400m
- Mike de Kock’s Mootahadee, a winner of all-weather surfaces between 1200m and 1400m with a pretty hefty galloping weight
August Stakes really was a delight for all those who attended, catering to the varying preferences of all attendees alike. The retired horses really wowed the audience with their performance. Apart from the obvious sports related areas, the food market attracted a number of fans looking for the best culinary treats the event had to offer, as well as a craft market that only made the ways to have fun much more diverse.
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