Mike Moon: There’s so much exciting racing this weekend that punters will be forgiven for going cross-eyed. Once again, the Dubai World Cup at Meydan coincides with a big Saturday meeting at Turffontein, providing a smorgasbord of quality thoroughbred thrills.
And smaller meetings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are there to help build wagering pots and recoup losses.
From a pure sporting perspective, the Grade 1 SA Derby at Turffontein will be the focus of local interest, with charismatic young gun Hawwaam out to confirm his enormous potential.
When bookmakers priced up Mike de Kock’s colt at 1-6 last week it rather dampened the betting appetite for the venerable 2450m race. There has been very little Derby market movement since then, the only stirring being a tightening from 18-1 to 16-1 for Hawwaam’s stablemate Atyaab.
The 1-6 has been something of a talking point in the betting shops, but pity those who fancy a bookmakers’ place bet on Hawwaam. They are faced with odds of 1-100!
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