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Trainer Geoff Woodruff best put this year’s R4-million Premier’s Champions Challenge into perspective when he said: “We’re probably all chasing after prize money without expecting to win.”

With Legal Eagle heading up the nine runners for this Grade 1 race over 2000m on the Turffontein Standside track tomorrow, under the race conditions it will be mighty hard for any of his opponents to earn the R2.4-million winner’s cheque.

Sean Tarry’s charge has everything in his favour. He is at least 3kg better handicapped than any other runner in the race, has a record of six wins from eight starts at Turffontein and is unbeaten over the course and distance. He is also the defending champion, having beaten stablemate French Navy by 2.10 lengths last year.

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