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Sarel von Willingh Smit has been one of the hottest trainers at Flamingo Park recently and “Oom Sarel” struck again on Saturday by winning the centre’s most lucrative race, the R200 000 RA Flamingo Mile (Non-Black Type) over 1600m, with Taqdeer.

Ridden by Francois Herholdt, the five-year-old gelding, who went off a weak 5-1 favourite, fought out a protracted duel with King’s Joy over the final 400m but kept running to win by a long head.  These two finished well clear of the opposition with third-placed Kingofthemountain another 4.60 lengths back and Code Red, stable companion to the winner, in fourth.

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