Cape trainer Joey Ramsden<br /><br />IN what many may consider to be a surprise move, trainer St John Gray included just one of his army of "sand surfers" in the R600 000 Emerald Cup over 1450m on the Vaal sand on Saturday 27 September.</p>
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Photo: Peter Miller trains Lawful Leader.<br /> <br />LAWFUL Leader, the top-rated sand horse in South Africa, is one of 41 entries for the R600 000 Emerald Cup (Grade 2) over 1450m on the Vaal sand on 27 September.<br /> <br /> All 11 of the Peter Miller-trained gelding’s wins were gained on a dirt surface, but at Kimberley. The only time this Brazilian-bred son of Roi Normand journeyed to the Vaal to contest a race, he was well beaten. His best form has also come over longer distances. However Miller will not consider travelling to the Vaal from his Kimberley base unless he believes his runner has a chance of paying his way.
SIX of the world’s best jockeys will go head to head with South Africa’s top riders in an international jockeys’ challenge at the Steinhoff International Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg on Saturday 29 November.
<p>ALREADY the richest race on sand in the southern hemisphere the Emerald Cup gets a further R40 000 boost and will this year carry prize money of R600 000. </p>
<p>THE entry and acceptance dates for the R600 000 Emerald Cup, Africa’s richest race on sand, have been changed.</p>