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It was not long ago that owner Wimpie Kruger thought Lady Luck is surely not on his side with his horses regularly getting into the second box, but not winning races.

There were second places for Kruger’s horses in most of the big races in Port Elizabeth, including the Algoa Cup and the PE Gold Cup.

On Friday (25th May) after the running of the R150 000 Listed race over 3200m for the Glenlair Trophy at Fairview, Kruger said: “Second again.”

Kruger said this with his tongue firmly in his cheek and with a smile on his face. Yes, the sixth year old gelding Frikkie was in second place but his stable mate Desert Wisdom was the winner to give Kruger a wonderful exacta as a part-owner of both these stayers.

He owns the winner in partnership with his son, Wimpie junior. They also own Frikkie, in partnership with Raymond Becker.

Kruger is a passionate owner and loves the long distance races. He has been involved with the yard of trainer Jacques Strydom for many years. This combination had some fine victories in the Stayers races in Port Elizabeth. One of Kruger’s stars was Key Castle, the 2011 winner of the Glenlair Trophy.

It was a difficult situation for Kruger to shout two horses home at the same time on Friday but he was very happy with the final result.

It was also a wonderful result for Strydom who once again showed that he is a master when it comes to getting his charges ready for the long distance races.

GLENLAIR TROPHY

RECENT WINNERS

2018: Desert Wisdom

2017: Kingston Mines – course record 204.85s

2016: Crown Of Gold

2015: Crown Of Gold

2014: Crown Of Gold

2013: Paddy O’Reilly

2012: Jervis

2011: Key Castle

2010: Refined In Fire

2009: State Opening

2008: Arctic Fleece

2007: Palm King

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