Headline News Preview: Window of opportunity for Drier runner

<p>Photo: Dennis Drier<br />
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JACK MILNER<br />
ROSE Window spent 10 months off the track in a period that saw him move from Gauteng to Dennis Drier in KwaZulu-Natal. Now a five-year-old, the Kahal gelding is beginning to show the kind of form that saw him beaten a head in the 2007 Tony Ruffel Stakes at Turffontein and run third to Buy And Sell over 1600m at Randjesfontein.</p>

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Headline News Preview: Man of Atlantis can surf to success on Vaal sand

<p>JACK MILNER<br /> WITH the build-up to the Grade 2 Emerald Cup on 27 September, racing at the Vaal this week is on the sand track. The stake for the Emerald Cup over 1450m was last week increased to R600 000 and it remains the richest race on dirt in the southern hemisphere.<br /> <br /> This week there are two meetings at the Vaal – Tuesday and Thursday – with both fixtures due to be run on the sand track. Topliners on the card on Tuesday are two MR 76 Handicaps, one over 1800m and the second over the Emerald Cup distance of 1450m.<br /> <br /> Photo: Andre Kirsten trains Man of Atlantis</p>

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Headline News Preview: Big Six can wade in to land his sixth win

<p>MEL KAPLAN<br />
BIG Six returns to Flamingo Park where he bids for win No 6 in his first outing since turning six.<br />
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The Flamingo Park 1000m is ideal for him – he won his only previous start over the track and trip in his penultimate outing – and he appears well handicapped in Race 4 on Monday, a MR 63 Handicap.<br />
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Photo: Chris Erasmus trains Big Six</p>

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Headline News Combat Leader to Execute Fort Beluga

<p>MEL KAPLAN<br /> ALTHOUGH six years of age Combat Leader has made amazing improvement since moving to Glen Kotzen&rsquo;s KwaZulu Natal stables and has posted three wins and a 0.75-length second in his three runs. All four races were over 1200m with two at Clairwood where he will take on eight rivals in Race 7, a MR 93 Handicap over the trip on Sunday afternoon.<br /> <br /> Photo: Glen Kotzen trains Combat Leader.</p>

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Headline News News Of London to post Turffontein win

<p>JACK MILNER<br /> IS Access Code better than Evident Halo? That is the question around which Race 7 at Turffontein today revolves. Evident Halo beat News Of London with authority by one length over 1600m on the inside track last month. Tomorrow, over 1600m on the standside track, Dominic Zaki&rsquo;s runner takes on another Geoff Woodruff inmate in the form of Access Code.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Photo: Mark Khan rides Access Code.</p>

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Headline News Preview: Qui Harbour to tower over Eiffel at Vaal

<p>JACK MILNER<br /> SOME runners develop a big reputation after just one outing but still need to prove themselves on the racecourse. Dominic Zaki&rsquo;s Eiffel is such a runner. The Medaaly colt made his debut at Turffontein on 29 June and was the talk of the town. He opened at even-money and only drifted due to solid support for Alec Laird&rsquo;s Dinner for One, who eventually started as the 11-10 bookmakers&rsquo; favourite.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Photo: Dominic Zaki saddles Eiffel.</p>

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Headline News Preview: Coverley to make winning return after rest

<p>HAROLD STERLEY<br />
COVERLEY returns to action following a 161-day rest, and this talented individual is expected to bounce right back to winning ways at Fairview today. He is set to line up in Race 8 over 1200m and his trainer, Gavin Smith, will also field useful Gold Tipped. The trainer has engaged Raymond Danielson for Gold Tipped, while young Sandile Khathi has been booked for Coverley.<br />
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Photo: Raymond Danielson rides Gold Tipped.</p>

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Headline News Officer Wales to put back the thrill

<p>JACK MILNER<br />
BLUES singer BB King had a hit in 1969 with “The Thrill is Gone&rsquo;&rsquo; and that is a feeling many punters will have since the curtain dropped on an eventful and exciting winter season in KwaZulu-Natal.<br />
The fields get smaller and the racing more mundane but followers of Officer Wales in Race 7 at Clairwood today might be able to recapture some of the joys of bygone days by backing a winner.&nbsp;<br />
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Photo: Anton Marcus rides Officer Wales.</p>

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