Headline News Preview: Take a Chance on Tyne Bridge

<p>MEL KAPLAN<br />
THE two 90-something handicaps at Fairview yield potential betting opportunities. Tyne Bridge looks to have a sound chance of taking laurels in the MR 92 over 1400m (Race 5) while in the MR 94 (Race 8) over 1000m, in-form Take a Chance is the one to beat.<br />
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Photo: Justin Snaith trains Take a Chance.</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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Headline News Review: Marcus enters history books as Desert Links strikes gold

<p>JACK MILNER<br />
MANY pundits regarded Basil Marcus as master of pace in his days as a jockey and he particularly displayed that talent when winning the Gold Cup on Hedge in 1976. In that race Martin Schoeman dictated the pace on Jean Heming&rsquo;s Off the Hook and it was only the perfect timing of Marcus that saw Hedge get up in the final strides.</p>

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Headline News Preview: Moorcroft has the speed to slam rivals

<p>JACK MILNER<br />
WITH so many of the top horses based in KwaZulu-Natal for the winter, racing in Gauteng tends to test the most fervent of fans. Today’s card is typical of a Turffontein winter meeting and punters will need to take a stand when it comes to finding winners on the inside track.</p>

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Headline News Review: Another Gold Cup trophy for Marcus

<p>NICCI GARNER<br />
BASIL MARCUS, who twice took laurels in the Canon Gold Cup as a jockey, added a third trophy to his cabinet, this time as a trainer, when Desert Links won the R1.2-million Grade 1 event at Greyville on Saturday.</p>

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Headline News Review: Champ makes flying start to new season

<p>NICCI GARNER<br />
NEWLY crowned champion trainer Mike de Kock&rsquo;s two runners might have crashed and burned in the R1.2-million Gold Cup earlier at the Greyville meeting, but Gilded Minaret got the stable off to a good start to the 2008-09 racing season when winning the R200 000 Gold Bracelet (Grade 2) over 2000m.</p>

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