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The Michael Azzie-trained Abashiri had to be pulled out of Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July with about 200m to run when he injured a leg but fortunately he did not have to be put down.

The thousands of spectators at Greyville gasped in shock as the commentator shouted out: “Abashiri has gone wrong and is being pulled out of the race.”

Abashiri, winner of the 2016 SA Triple Crown, was ridden by Piere Strydom and was quoted at around 12-1.

He broke well but then landed up at the back of the field. He came into the straight last with Strydom hard at work to get him back into the race.

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