THE STARTER REPORTED:
a) The start was delayed as the starting gates had to be pulled into position after the horses had arrived at the start.
b) MIGHTY FLYER (G Wright) jumped awkwardly losing one length and thereafter was slow into stride.
c) SILVER SPUR (L Africa) was slow losing one length and thereafter was slow into stride.
d) MR MAXIMUS (*B May) jumped awkwardly losing one length and thereafter was slow into stride.
THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED: (TN)
a) Jockey D Ashby (RAVISHING BOY) reported that this gelding did not stride out freely in running. The Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine the gelding on its return to the unsaddling enclosure and submit a report.
b) Approaching the 1000m KAPTEINSPANDISEILE (R Fourie), which raced green on the bend became cramped for galloping room for a number of strides on the inside of MY WORD MY BOND (G Cheyne).
c) REDEEMER (C Orffer) was eased and switched in off the heels of BIRDS EYE VIEW (*L Hewitson), which was hanging out in the latter stages.
d) PHOENIX RISING (G van Niekerk) raced wide on the bend and into the straight.
e) ICON KING (A Domeyer), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer J M T Stewart was advised. (SN)
JOCKEY AND/OR EQUIPMENT CHANGES:
a) Jockey J Smitsdorff rode JOZI KING. (declared 24 December 2016 / 09h16)
RACE CARD CHANGES / OTHER:
THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED:
a) RAVISHING BOY (D Ashby) returned lame on the right fore.
b) BIRDS EYE VIEW (*L Hewitson) returned cut into on the right hind heel.
THERE WERE NO SCRATCHINGS