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Ormond Ferraris might be 85 years old but his knack with racehorses remains as effective as anyone’s – with a winner-to-runner ratio right up there with the young titans of the training ranks.

The wily veteran takes two horses to the Vaal on Tuesday, and only fools would bet against him coming away with a haul of prize money.

He fields the most intriguing runner on the card in Captain Of Tortuga, in Race 2, a Maiden Plate over 1400m around the Vaal turn.

If this three-year-old runs to his obvious promise he is the best bet on the card.

Captain Of Tortuga came out of a yearling sale ring with a R4.5-million “sold” sticker on his backside, which immediately created some expectation. Sent to champion trainer Justin Snaith in Cape Town, the colt had four outings – the last two at very short odds – but failed to find the winner’s circle.

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