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Race 1: GENERAL MISTY(12)
Race 2: PANCHATANTA(10)
Race 9: HENRY HIGGINS(8)
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Jockey: Piere STRYDOM - Trainer: Paul LAFFERTY
This is a most intriguing renewal of the Investec Dingaans as there is a solitary representative of the fairer sex in the form of the Sean Tarry trained daughter of Elusive Fort, SIREN'S CALL. She has been excellent in her career thus far and only got going late to finish a creditable runner-up to the champion filly Majmu over 1400m on this track, four weeks ago. The mile on this course will be right up her alley but it is significant that Khumalo climbs aboard her for the first time in a race. The other interesting observation is that she had the classy filly One Fine Day just over two lengths behind her last time out. Having said all that, the top selection goes to the brilliant HARRY'S SON who should have beaten One Fine Day when he was luckless in the Golden Horseshoe at Greyville on July day. He certainly set the record straight with his conqueror Afrikaburn as he trounced that rival in a Grade 1, a few weeks later. The son of Haradasun was brilliant when he easily beat JAYYED in a Grade 3 over seven furlongs on this track recently, despite conceding 4.5kgs to the Mike de Kock trained colt. Both runners will strip fitter but it is hard to imagine the latter reversing the form at the weights.
Race 9: KINGSTON MINES(12)
Jockey: Francois HERHOLDT - Trainer: Mike DE KOCK
This is another interesting event and based on previous experience, one shouldn't pay too much attent- ion to the ratings as the emerging stayers still have lots of improvement to come. Having said that, the Mike de Kock charge, KINGSTON MINES has flourished over ground and despite him taking a huge rise in class, his conditioner has placed him cleverly and he is well-weighted. The Archipenko gelding has the pedigree to stay all day and the manner in which he quickened under a huge mass over 2400m at the Vaal last time was super-impressive. Admittedly, he didn't beat much that day but he shoulders 10kgs lesser this time around and has his third run after the break. He is only having his tenth career run and has huge scope for improvement.
Race 10: RUSHMORE RIVER(11)
Jockey: Anthony DELPECH - Trainer: Joe SOMA
This is another tough handicap to read but dropping RUSHMORE RIVER to a mile could be key and the Joey Soma inmate can cause the upset. The son of Windrush has always been held in high regard and exactly one year ago, at this same meeting, he beat some useful sorts to shed his maiden tag over this c & d. He showed plenty of promise in subsequent efforts before suffering a major setback that kept him out of action for 35 weeks. He showed some spark in a few of his comeback performances and moved up menacingly before tiring badly in heavy conditions in a Grade 2 over nine furlongs on this track, just two weeks ago. He jumps from a much kinder draw this evening and takes a big drop in class. It is encouraging that Delpech has kept faith with the four-year old gelding and the pair should go very well in this contest.
Race 12: TAMARIND(14)
Jockey: Gunter WROGEMANN - Trainer: Robbie SAGE
TAMARIND failed to build on his promising debut when he only managed a tiring 4th second time out but that was his first try down the straight and the son of Kahal obviously has decent ability. His debut experience around the bend will stand him in good stead today and he is bred to relish this trip. The Robbie Sage inmate has lots of scope for improvement and he should go close from his handy draw.
Race 7: AS YOU LIKE(12)
Jockey: Marthinus MIENIE - Trainer: Alec LAIRD
Trainer's Geoff Woodruff and Alec Laird are represented by nine of the twenty entrants in this R2 million contest and hardly surprisingly their runners could dominate the outcome. Of course, the former's stable was a head away from clean sweeping the quartet in this very same race, exactly one year ago. This time though, the nod goes to the latter's yard and its four-year old representative, AS YOU LIKE who is the mount of Marthinus Mienie. This son of Tiger Ridge got closer to LOUIS THE KING in each of his starts in the Triple Crown and only a length separated the pair in the Derby.
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