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Trainer Gavin Smith kept his wife Marilyn busy on Friday by winning two of the four bonus races at the Fairview meeting.

The first four Maiden Plate races all carried a Racing Association (RA) bonus of R20 000 each for the winning connections.

Marilyn was on duty for the RA and had to present the winning connections with their bonus cheque after each of these races.

The Smith stable won two of these races and Marilyn was on hand to present her husband with the bonuses for the connections.

In the four bonus races there were eight different owners involved with the winning horses.

Smith said the RA bonuses are a great incentive for everyone that is involved with these races.

The main race at the meeting was the Ibhayi Stakes and part-owner Braam van Huyssteen was on hand to lead in Sir Frenchie, trained by Justin Snaith.

Van Huyssteen enjoyed his racing with one of his daughters Bianca from the RA room at Fairview.

He said Bianca is his lucky charm but it was a frustrating day for him up to Sir Frenchie’s win.

Van Huyssteen was involved with 16 runners on the day. “Some of my runners in the other races ran places but they could not find the winners’ box – till Sir Frenchie won his race.”

Van Huyssteen is a businessman from George in the Southern Cape and owns Sir Frenchie in partnership with Australian-based William Henderson.



2018: Sir Frenchie

2017: Gimme The Stars

2016: Memphis Mafia

2015: Charles Lytton

2014: Chestnut’s Rocket

2013: Albert Mooney

2012: Blaze Of Fire

2011: Fragrant Al

2010: All Ablaze

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