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Posted 2023-11-25 07:54:30  
Summer Cup day is here - what do you like?

It's that time of the year again – the Summer Cup is back, and thanks to Betway's sponsorship, this Grade 1 event at Turffontein boasts a noteworthy R5-million purse. The 2000m race on the Standside track this Saturday features a strong field, including Grade 1 winners like last year's champion Puerto Manzano and this year's Hollywoodbets Durban July victor, Winchester Mansion.

For bettors, the allure extends beyond the prestigious race itself. A R2 million Pick 6 carryover with an expected pool of R10 million and a R1-million carryover to the Quartet on Race 7, the Betway Summer Cup, with an anticipated pool of R4 million, make this event even more enticing.

The R5 million stake guarantees winning connections a substantial R2,850,000, resulting in a particularly competitive field this year. While officially a handicap, there's a maximum 6kg allowance among the top-rated runners, favoring those with higher ratings.

Considering the race's history, Mike de Kock, a nine-time winner, aims for his elusive 10th victory with contenders like Safe Passage, Aragosta, Shoemaker, or East Coast. Meanwhile, Sean Tarry, the recent prolific winner, eyes his sixth triumph with strong contenders Cousin Casey, Bless My Stars, and Litigation.

Puerto Manzano, despite carrying top weight, remains a live contender. However, Tarry's Cousin Casey stands out, backed by his impressive record as the 2022 Equus Champion Two-Year-Old colt and strong performances as a three-year-old.

Tarry dismisses concerns about Cousin Casey's stamina, confident in the horse's ability to handle the 2000m distance. Bless My Stars, a consistent performer, adds depth to Tarry's lineup, having finished third in the Durban July.

Other contenders to watch include Winchester Mansion, Anfields Rocket, Litigation, Zeus, and Atticus Finch. Trainer Tony Peter places high expectations on Electric Gold, citing the horse's ideal preparation and suitability for the 2000m track.

As anticipation builds, the Summer Cup promises thrilling competition, with jockey strategies crucial on the Turffontein Standside track's 800m back straight and ample straight for ground recovery. Tarry's trio and other formidable contenders set the stage for a memorable race day. 

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