Champions Day Strydom strikes in rain with Eddington, JJ The Jet Plane

<p>JACK MILNER<br />
WHEN rain began to fall on Friday afternoon Piere Strydom&rsquo;s wife, Beaty, was concerned the weather would have a negative impact on the Champions Day meeting at Turffontein. The jockey, however, was a lot more upbeat. “The more it rains the better chances my mounts will have,&rsquo;&rsquo; he told her.<br />
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Photo: Eddington wins.</p>

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Champions Day Cunha’s strategy could pay off in Gommagomma

<p>JACK MILNER<br />
TWO years ago, Ilha Da Vitoria became the first winner of the newly introduced Gommagomma Challenge and in doing so she completed the Summer Cup-Challenge double. Tomorrow Strategic News could follow in her footsteps when he lines up for this R3-5 million Grade 1 event over 2000m on the Turffontein standside track.<br />
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Photo: Strategic News wins the 2007 Summer Cup.</p>

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Headline News Aquitaine to prove she's a force in straight mile

<p>JACK MILNER<br />
WHEN Aquitaine won a Maiden Plate, she made a vivid impression on most punters. Racing over 1600m at Turffontein, she hit the front some 500m out in a 1600m event and won effortlessly by 17.25 lengths, a performance that certainly set tongues wagging.<br />
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Photo: Geoff Woodruff saddles eight runners today.</p>
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Headline News PREVIEW: De Kock juvenile to lead the way

<p>JACK MILNER<br />
WITH rain playing havoc with racing in KwaZulu-Natal, two juvenile feature races that were due to be run earlier this month – the Strelitzia Stakes for fillies and the Godolphin Barb Stakes over 1200m – have been added to today&rsquo;s card at Scottsville.<br />
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Photo: Forest Path</p>

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Headline News New Piazza at Turffontein

<p>THE new Piazza at Turffontein is a grand place to take in all the action of the Champions Day race meeting this Saturday, when the R3.5-million Gommagomma Challenge and seven other feature races will be run.</p>

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Headline News PREVIEW: World Trip backed to travel home345 well

<p>WHEN it comes to racing at Durbanville the expression “horses for courses&rsquo;&rsquo; is particularly relevant. Only certain runners enjoy the tight turning track and that is probably one sound reason why Greg Ennion&rsquo;s runner, World Trip, has found betting support in Race 5 this afternoon, a Novice Plate over 1800m.<br />
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Photo: World Trip beating Our Call in February.</p>
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Headline News Preview: Island Swing can dance to victory

<p>JACK MILNER<br />
TRAINER Brian Wiid believes the best is still to come from Island Swing and she could be the one to beat in the Grade 3 Jacaranda Handicap over 1800m at Turffontein on Sunday.&nbsp;<br />
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Photo: Brian Wiid</p>

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Headline News Review: Archipenko flies SA flag in Hong Kong

<p><img height="98" alt="" hspace="5" width="86" align="right" vspace="5" src="/Portals/0/jockeys/KevinShea.jpg" />NICCI GARNER<br />
SOUTH AFRICANS all over the world who tuned in to Sunday&rsquo;s broadcast of the Sha Tin fixture in Hong Kong would have stood proudly to attention when the South African national anthem was played after the running of the R12.65-million Audemars Piguet QEII Cup. It was the third time Sha Tin racegoers had listened to the emotive swells of &ldquo;Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika&rdquo; after London News won the race in 1996 and Irridescence beat a hot field two years ago.<br />
Photos: Trainer Mike de Kock and jockey Kevin Shea</p>

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