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Owner of the Week

Secretariat Stakes goes to Surcharge

Congratulations to our RA Owner of the Week Ian van Schalkwyk for winning the Supabets Secretariat Stakes (Listed) over 1400 metres with Surcharge on Saturday 2 December at Turffontein Racecourse. The three year old colt went out favourite and Gavin Lerena did everything right to bring him first past the post.   Surcharge has an excellent track record boasting four wins and one place from six starts. He is from the Stuart Pettigrew yard and was bred at Varsfontein Stud – Gimmethegreenlight (Aus) – Congestion Charge (GB) – Diktat (GB).

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Seattle Sunset has been the model of consistency since joining Cliffie Miller’s yard in Kimberley in July last year. During that period he has raced 10 times for four wins, two seconds and two fourths.  

He could add another victory to that tally when he lines up for Race 6 at Flamingo Park on Monday, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m. This distance seems to be at the outside limit of his range as most of his victories have been over shorter. However, two runs back he had a runaway victory over this track and trip, beating Ford Country by eight lengths.

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