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Owner of the Week

Two winners last week for Colin Bird

Colin Bird enjoyed two victories at Turffontein last week to earn the Owner of the Week Award. The first was Boatswain (Aus) who won a Maiden Plate over 1160 metres on 12 September. This three year old colt is from the Robbie Sage stable and was ridden by Muzi Yeni.   His four year old filly Open Road who went out as favourite on 14 September and won a FM62 Handicap over 1400 metres. She is from the Roy Magner stable and was ridden by Gavin Lerena. Open Road was bred at Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein – Count Dubois (GB) – Gap Year by Rich Man’s Gold (USA).

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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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