Howzat for a major upset in Flamingo Park feature?


<p>RANK outsider Howzat (50-1), trained by Wallace Tolmay, came back to his best to win the R100 000 Racing Association Mile at the expense of Mike de Kock&rsquo;s Pine Nut in a tight finish at Flamingo Park yesterday.</p>

<p>In a difficult looking contest it was De Kock&rsquo;s other runner Goldsmith who found good betting support from 6/1 to 33/10, but under 62kg he managed only ninth, 5,25 lengths behind the winner. Randall Simons gave Pine Nut, who shouldered 56,5kg, every chance in the drive to the line but Howzat and the talented Chad Little were determined and stuck to their task gallantly, prevailing by a short head.</p>
<p>Interesting for those who were on course was that Tolmay and De Kock were sitting close to each other and they watched the slow motion replay together. After Howzat was declared the winner, and in his charming way, Mike commented: “It&rsquo;s all in a days work, here today and in York not too long ago.&rdquo; A true sportsman and an ambassador for SA racing, he went on to say: “I had a fantastic day racing here today and I will be back every year if I can. The race didn&rsquo;t fall our way, but well done to Wallace for his win.&rsquo;&rsquo;</p>
<p>Tolmay was full of praise for his charge and the manner in which he carried the 62kg to victory. This was an extremely big day for this quiet-spoken trainer who works hard and deserves all the success that comes his way. Tribune came into this race with fantastic form and was not disgraced finishing 3,50 lengths behind Howzat.</p>
<p>Peter Miller took the training honours at the meeting with four winners and was extremely elated when Shoe King won the R75 000 Racing Association Sprint by almost a length. Stable companion Rummy came right back to best to fill second spot at odds of 8/1 and tote favourite Gun Powder &lsquo;N Grit stayed on for third. The fancied Gold Court and Zopot Casino were both disappointing, finishing out of the placings.</p>
<p>Miller had the race to himself when his duo Lawful Leader and Stock Exchange fought out the finish of Race 2, a MR 76 Handicap over 2200m. Lawful Leader had the upper hand by over a length, while third finisher Rambo Colours appeared to be in another race ten lengths off the winner. Gerrit Schlechter brought Caribbean Blue through to a finely timed win in Race 3, a Maiden Plate over 1800m.</p>
<p>Fast Shoes impressed when winning for trainer Cliffie Miller in Race 4, a MR 68 Handicap over 1600m. The seven-year-old hit the front early in the straight and was never to be caught. Select Connection came out of the pack to secure second spot but was never a danger to the winner. Cliffie Miller also took third place in this race with Top Shoe who was heavily supported from 7/2 into 22/10 and news from Kimberley is that he is working well at home345 and is one for notebooks.</p>
<p>Pyrenees reeled off Peter Miller&rsquo;s third winner of the afternoon in race 6, a MR 60 Handicap over 1200m. There was a number of scratchings which left the Stephen Moffet trained Dublin Club at the top of bookmaker&rsquo;s boards. The 14/1 chance Pyrenees burst through late to win while Dublin Club stayed on well for second and should not have to wait too long for his next win.</p>
<p>Recent maiden winner Port Of York followed up with a good win in the last race of the day and the manner in which he won suggests he can complete the treble next time. No Limits was not disgraced in second place while Charming News was another to make a note of, for the future.</p>

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