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Owner of the Week

Secretariat Stakes goes to Surcharge

Congratulations to our RA Owner of the Week Ian van Schalkwyk for winning the Supabets Secretariat Stakes (Listed) over 1400 metres with Surcharge on Saturday 2 December at Turffontein Racecourse. The three year old colt went out favourite and Gavin Lerena did everything right to bring him first past the post.   Surcharge has an excellent track record boasting four wins and one place from six starts. He is from the Stuart Pettigrew yard and was bred at Varsfontein Stud – Gimmethegreenlight (Aus) – Congestion Charge (GB) – Diktat (GB).

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Bezanova might have “taken a walk” in the betting for the KwaZulu-Natal Breeders Million Mile over 1600m at Greyville on Sunday, he still managed to hold on to the R625,000 first stake cheque in a close call.

Bezanova, who had run a 0.90-length third to Legislate in the 1600m Gold Challenge previously, when Durban July second favourite Futura was a neck behind him in fourth, opened at 13-10 in the betting but went through the stalls at 5-2 in the face of long-priced support for a few other runners.

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