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The Gr1 Mercury Sprint, the final leg in the country’s unofficial Weight For Age sprint championship, has been moved from a standalone meeting to Super Saturday, the final and probably most significant race meeting of the current racing season that finishes up on Tuesday, July 31.

The Mercury Sprint is often the deciding race when it comes to the Equus Awards judging panel for the country’s Champion Sprinter award and this year is no different.

The judging panel sit down and deliberate on the country’s equivalent of the equine Oscars minutes after the final Gr1 race is run this coming Saturday at Greyville.

Super Saturday, incorporates the Gr3 eLan Gold Cup along with four Gr1 races that have a significant impact when it comes to sorting out who is at the top of the heap come season’s end.

Some bookmakers have already priced up on Saturday’s big races and judging by the odds spread for the Mercury Sprint they expect a wide-open race.

At the top of the boards is the Dorrie Sham-trained Pinnacle Peak, second in both the Gr1 Computaform Sprint and the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint and victory come Saturday will see the gelding in with a big shout for the Equus Champion Sprinter award.

However, there is little separating the first eight horses in the betting, all quoted at 10-1 or shorter.

Opening betting on the Gr1 Mercury Sprint is:

9-2 Pinnacle Peak, 11-2 Trip To Heaven, 6-1 Sniper Shot, 7-1 Sunset Eyes, 8-1 Rocky Valley, Black Cat Back, 9-1 Dutch Phillip, 10-1 Will Pays, 14-1 Attenborough, London Call, Champagne Haze, 18-1 Bishops Bounty, 20-1 and upwards others.

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