Everything you need to know about 2022 Hollywoodbets Durban July runner, Sparkling Water. This four-year-old filly isn't afraid to mix it up with the boys, as evidenced by her excellent second-place finish in the Premier's Champions Challenge




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SPARKLING WATER is the only member of the fairer sex in the 2022 final field and must have a big shout under a handy 53,5kgs. She flew late to be denied by Astrix in the Gr1 Premier’s Champions Challenge and comes in off a perfect prep. Mike de Kock last won this iconic race with a filly (Igugu in 2011) – can the master do it again? S’manga Khumalo won two Gr1’s on Jet Dark and the former July-winning SA Champion now prefers the ride on this high-quality filly – there must be something in that decision


Jockey: S’manga Khumalo
Trainer: Mike de Kock
Owner: Wilgerbosdrift (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mrs M Slack)


Breeder: Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein
Sire: Silvano (GER)
Dam: Espumanti (GB by Dansili (GB)


Age: 4
Colour: Bay
Sex: Filly


Merit Rating: 116

Weight: 53.5
Draw: 12


Career Record: 15 runs (6 wins, 8 places)
Stakes Won: R1 414 125

Runs at Hollywoodbets Greyville: 0
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0


Notable Runs:

2nd in the 2022 Premier’s Challenge (Gr 1) 2000m
3rd in the HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes (Gr 1) 1600m
3rd in the 2022 Colorado King Stakes (Gr 2) 2000m
1st in the New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers (Gr 2) 2800m



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