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Leading owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste won their first Vodacom Durban July last year when The Conglomerate beat home Marinaresco.

The Australian-bred son of Lonhro is back to defend his title in the R5.25-million race over 2200m at Greyville on 1 July, one of two horses running in the name of the Joostes’ Mayfair Speculators (Pty) Ltd.

The other representative is three-year-old Edict Of Nantes, winner of two Grade 1 races – the Investec Cape Derby at Kenilworth and Daily News 2000 at Greyville.

Joey Ramsden trains The Conglomerate who will be ridden this time by Callan Murray, who tweeted that he was “Very excited to be flying home next week” to ride the gelding. However, what is significant is that Mayfair Speculators’ retained jockey, Anton Marcus, has chosen to ride Edict Of Nantes – and get down to 54kg to ride the Brett Crawford-trained colt.

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