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Other News Blackball for corner pocket


Viv Greybe: Trainer Gavin van Zyl’s top-rated Blackball has the ability to defy top weight on the Greyville Polytrack on Friday night when teamed up again with in-form Warren Kennedy in Race 5, a 1600m MR 90 Handicap.

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Other News Draco a Jebel Ali stand-out


Ed Marnane: Dubai – Jebel Ali-based French trainer Nicholas Bachalard has an exciting prospect on his hands with US import Draco, the comfortable winner of a minor event on his UAE debut last month. The son of Astrology returns to action in Friday’s Jebel Ali feature, Race 4, a 1600m conditions race.

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Headline News Wild Brier to rough up rivals


Viv Greybe: Six-year-old Wild Brier, who has shown smart progress since leaving the Highveld and joining Gavin Smith’s stable, has a bright chance to claim top honours on the Fairview Turf track today when teamed up Teaque Gould in Race 6, a Pinnacle Stakes over 2400m.

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Headline News Time to Talktothestars again


Jack Milner: One of the key designs of the merit rating system is to keep every runner reasonably competitive. So, when a runner’s merit rating gets too high the handicappers are tasked with reducing it to a level at which the horse is capable of leaving his mark on a race.

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