Piere Strydom, back today.
IRISH-BRED Drayton, a popular early banker bet, has been scratched from today’s race meeting at the Vaal, which throws the event wide open and brings runners like Glittering Temple and Mount Hood well into the reckoning.
Trainer Glen Puller
QUICK MILLIONS is holding form well and he has the best credentials in Race 7 at Clairwood this afternoon, a MR 85 handicap over 1900m. He could hold the key to a successful day for bettors.
Last time Quick Millions was caught in the closing stages after going into his customary role as pacemaker and finding it just a little short.
Eagle Mountain (right).
SOUTH Africa’s globetrotting Champion Trainer Mike de Kock is set to write another new chapter in the history books by becoming the first South African to saddle a runner at the US Breeders’ Cup World Championships meeting at Santa Anita near Los Angeles, California, on 25 October.
Zarkava, decision pending.
STAR filly Zarkava is a doubt for this afternoon’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
Alain de Royer-Dupre’s unbeaten three-year-old has been the long-time favourite for the race, but heavy overnight rain could have scuppered her chances.
Sean Tarry in Longchamp bid
PARIS – The first G1 of Arc Day was rendered a farce after Fleeting Spirit’s stall did not open and the race was carried out in a style reminiscent of the 1993 Grand National.
Zarkava wins the Arc.
PARIS – Zarkava swept away all the doubts as she wrote her name into the record books with a stunning victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Alain de Royer-Dupre’s filly had to overcome being drawn in stall No 1 and a tricky passage through the field, but sprinted clear inside the final 200m to maintain her unbeaten record in brilliant style.
Trainer Mike de Kock
NEWMARKET (Eng) – Eagle Mountain trimmed almost half a second off the Newmarket track record for a mile as he made a triumphant comeback in the Nayef Joel Stakes.
Kevin Shea, Eagle Mountain
NEWMARKET (Eng) – An intriguing runner at Newmarket today is Eagle Mountain, formerly trained by Aidan O’Brien, in the Nayef Joel Stakes over 1600m. The Derby and Champion Stakes runner-up makes his debut for Mike De Kock, who has nursed the four-year-old back from a fractured pelvis.
Jockey Gavin Lerena
A competitive card at the Vaal could result in the same scenario as last Thursday when the Pick 6 paid R107 324 and shrewd Place Accumulator punters coined R5 789 for each correct permutation.
NIGHT racing at Turffontein has been shelved in order to allow Phumelela and the Racing Association to fully assess if the installation of lights at the Johannesburg track is the best way to spend the proceeds arising from the cancellation of the usage agreement to hold race meetings at Newmarket.