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Posted 2024-05-16 07:15:16  
Green With Envy and Frances Ethel headline Big Gr1 races

The upcoming races, the Gr1 Daily News 2000 and the Gr1 Woolavington 2000, are set to showcase some of the finest talent in horse racing. 

Heading the lineup for the Gr1 Daily News 2000 is Green With Envy, recent victor of the Gr2 Kzn Guineas and a hot favorite for the R5 million Gr1 Hollywoodbets Durban July. Trained by Dean Kannemeyer, this colt has displayed impressive form on his return from a rest. He clinched the Gr1 Cape Derby on his last Cape effort and then exhibited an impressive burst of speed to overtake Sandringham Summit in the Gr2 KZN Guineas, despite doubts about his suitability for the distance as well as his return from the rest. 

Among the twelve nominations the caliber of competition Green With Envy will encounter at Greyville on Saturday, May 25 is clear to see. They represent the best in South Africa at this age level bar one missing contender, that being Purple Pitcher. His trainer, Robyn Klassen expressed doubts about running him this soon after the SA Derby, which he won and he will subsequently warm up for the July in Johannesburg in the Jubilee Handicap. Gr1 Cape Guineas winner Snow Pilot is expected to lead the pack of contenders trying to beat Green With Envy closely followed by Pure Predator and Oriental Charm, who recently secured second place in the Greyville 1900 against older opposition. 

Meanwhile, in the Gr1 Woolavington 2000, open to older Fillies and Mares for only the second time in its history has seen Saartjie, trained by Andre Nel, dominant with a commanding victory in the Listed KRA East Coast Cup at her latest start.

Surging from the rear, she edged out Future Girl, trained by Brett Crawford, in the closing strides from a wide draw. Saartjie is one of the twelve nominations and also holds an entry in the prestigious Gr1 Durban July.

The three-year-old's are spearheaded by Frances Ethel, recent winner of the Gr2 SA Oaks. With an impressive record of four consecutive victories, including triumphs in The Oaks Trial and The Oaks, this filly, trained by Brett Crawford, has attracted the attention of Barry Irwin, renowned principal of Team Valor, who has invested in her potential, a testament to her promising future. He bought her during the week of the SA Oaks and his faith was instantly rewarded with her Oaks win. She is also the highest rated filly in the event.

In the Gr1 Woolavington 2000:

1. BELLEVARDE: A 5-year-old mare trained by Joe Soma, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 110.
2. NONE OTHER: A 4-year-old filly trained by Lucky Houdalakis, with the same weight and rating as the above.
3. SAARTJIE: Another 4-year-old filly trained by Andre Nel, also carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 110.
4. GILDED BUTTERFLY: A 5-year-old mare trained by Stuart Pettigrew, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 108.
5. HOLD MY HAND: A 4-year-old filly trained by Glen Kotzen, with the same weight and a rating of 108.
6. PERFECT WITNESS: A 5-year-old mare trained by Candice Dawson, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 105.
7. FUTURE GIRL: A 4-year-old filly trained by Brett Crawford, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 97.
8. FRANCES ETHEL: A 3-year-old filly trained by Brett Crawford, carrying 57.5 kg with a rating of 118.
9. SILVER SANCTUARY: A 3-year-old filly trained by Mike de Kock, carrying 57.5 kg with a rating of 116.
10. MY SOUL MATE: A 3-year-old filly trained by Candice Dawson, carrying 57.5 kg with a rating of 115.
11. BEATING WINGS: A 3-year-old filly trained by Stuart Pettigrew, carrying 57.5 kg with a rating of 114.
12. MINOGUE: A 3-year-old filly trained by Wendy Whitehead, carrying 57.5 kg with a rating of 102.

In the Gr1 Daily News 2000:

1. GREEN WITH ENVY: A 3-year-old colt trained by Dean Kannemeyer, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 123.
2. SNOW PILOT: A 3-year-old colt trained by Justin Snaith, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 120.
3. PURE PREDATOR: A 3-year-old gelding trained by Fanie Bronkhorst, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 119.
4. ORIENTAL CHARM: A 3-year-old colt trained by Brett Crawford, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 118.
5. HLUHLUWE: A 3-year-old gelding trained by Justin Snaith, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 117.
6. WILLIAM IRON ARM: A 3-year-old colt trained by Tony Peter, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 117.
7. HOTARUBI: A 3-year-old gelding trained by Sean Tarry, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 116.
8. MID WINTER WIND: A 3-year-old gelding trained by Sean Tarry, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 116.
9. BARBARESCO: A 3-year-old gelding trained by J A Janse van Vuur, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 109.
10. JORDAN: A 3-year-old gelding trained by Sean Tarry, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 97.
11. THE GREY KING: A 3-year-old gelding trained by Justin Snaith, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 96.
12. FLAG MAN: A 3-year-old gelding trained by Gareth van Zyl, carrying 60.0 kg with a rating of 92.

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