Highlands Stud continue sponsorship of Cape Winter Series
Highlands Stud will, for the second year, sponsor the Cape Winter Series which begins on Saturday 28 April at Kenilworth.
The Highland Stud Winter Series for colts and geldings has a total purse of R1-million with each of the three races – the Guineas over 1600m on 28 April, the Classic over 1800m on Saturday 26 May and the Derby over 2400m on Saturday 30 June – carrying prize money of R250,000 with a R250,000 bonus going to any horse who can win all of the Grade 3 events.
The Highlands Stud Winter Series for fillies comprises the Sweet Chestnut Stakes over 1400m, the Stormsvlei Mile over 1600m and the Winter Oaks over 2200m. Each of these Listed races will carry prize money of R150,000 with a R150,000 bonus going to any filly who can win all three events. The fillies’ races will be run at the same meetings as those for the colts and geldings.
The Highland Stud Winter Guineas and the Highlands Stud Sweet Chestnut Stakes will both be run on the Summer Course while the other races will be staged on the Kenilworth Winter Course.
Only two horses have collected the R250,000 bonus for winning all three legs and they are Pocket Power and last year’s champion, African Night Sky. African Night Sky was bred by Highlands Farm.
Two years ago Marinaresco won the first two legs but the connections opted to run him in the Vodacom Durban July instead of going for the Winter Derby.
“The Winter Series is very much a stepping stone for younger horses in the Cape. It has been won by some of the top horses to race in this country so when we were offered the sponsorship it was almost a no-brainer,” said Ross Kieswetter of Highlands Stud.
“It is a lower key series but the breeders really get around it and it is synonymous some great horses. Some owners don’t like sending their young horses to KwaZulu-Natal and this series caters for them. We have also owned some horses who have performed well in the series like Liquid Mercury and Whisky Baron.”
If ownership changes across the series, the bonus will be shared proportionately. There will be 5% paid to winning trainer/s, 5% to the winning jockey/s and 0.5% to the winning groom (if the trainer, jockey or groom changes across the series, the bonus will be shared proportionately).
There will be no consolation bonus scheme. Horses who have participated in both the first and second legs of the Winter Series will not be subject to the payment of entry and declaration fees in the third leg.