Headline News In-form Lerena can add another notch to his belt

JOCKEY Gavin Lerena.

JACK MILNER
A return to 1600m and the addition of blinkers could make all the difference to Urban Reason when he contests Race 4 at Turffontein on Saturday. Alec Laird’s runner has been trying distances of 1800m and 2000m but does not appear to get the trip.

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Headline News Allegra looks a sweet bet at Greyville

TRAINER Joey Ramsden

JACK MILNER
SWEET Allegra can continue her love affair with Greyville when she contests Race 7, a FM 82 Handicap over 1000m on Friday night. Joey Ramsden’s filly has contested five races at the course for two wins, two seconds and an unplaced effort over 1300m.

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Headline News Jet Tycoon can show them who's the boss at the Vaal

TRAINER Geoff Woodruff

JACK MILNER
REPUTATIONS of unraced horses are often a combination of a touch of truth and a profusion of embellishment. This is particularly true of well-bred first-timers from leading stables who by the time they arrive on track, are described as “beating Pocket Power/Dancer’s Daughter/ Warm White Night in work’’, and “a future champion for Mike de Kock in Dubai’’.

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Headline News Clyde Basel joins Phumelela as Sales Executive

Clyde Basel.

CLYDE Basel has resigned as CEO of the Racing Association to take up the position of Sales Executive with Phumelela Gaming & Leisure. Basel will join Phumelela on 1 June 2009 and will be responsible for marketing the company’s assets – both on and off its racecourses. These include racing broadcast sponsorships and advertising, raceday hospitality, vending rights and branding.

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Headline News Crawfords in Durbanville duel

Cielo Dorado, Durbanville.

JACK MILNER
TWO debut winners will go head to head in an interesting Novice Plate at Durbanville on Wednesday. Cielo Dorado from the Harold Crawford yard and Mountain Ash, trained by Brett Crawford, looked to have some promise when winning first time out and it could be hard to separate them in Race 7 over 1600m.

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Headline News Valloire and Strydom look a winning team at Vaal

TRAINER Mark Dixon.

JACK MILNER
TRAINER Mark Dixon may have walked away from Turffontein on Saturday without a stake cheque after Surfin’ USA only managed 13th place in the Champions Challenge. Nonetheless he is expecting to leave the Vaal on Tuesday with a compensatory bankroll and is confident Valloire can win Race 5, a MR 76 Handicap over 1000m.

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Headline News Banker pockets bulk of prize

Charles Laird

NICCI GARNER
TRAINER Charles Laird’s red-hot run continued on Champions Day on Saturday when Smart Banker put his nose in front at the right time to beat Aluminium by a neck in the R2-million Champions Challenge over 2000m.

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Headline News Gunna to fire on all cylinders at Beverley

LONDON – Tartan Gunna can atone for a shock defeat as an odds-on favourite last time with victory at Beverley today. Mark Johnston’s charge had been on quite a roll on the all-weather over the winter, stepping up from two second places to strike gold by six lengths at Wolverhampton in January.

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Headline News The KO Kid can punch rivals’ lights out

JOCKEY Johnny Geroudis

JACK MILNER
THE KO Kid returns to his favourite course and distance on Saturday and looks one of the better bets on a thorny Turffontein card. Alec Laird’s runner loves the inside track and is at his best over 1600m. He gets everything he needs in Race 8, a MR 92 Handicap, and will also enjoy the benefit of carrying just 54kg.

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