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It is a tricky time of the year for the top trainers hoping to win Johannesburg’s most prestigious race, the G-Bets Summer Cup, and three-time South African champion trainer Sean Tarry said his yard’s final team would depend on who was on track in terms of fitness and who would have had the smoothest preparations.

Trainers also have to be mindful of the horses’ merit ratings with the first aim being to have it high enough to get into the race but low enough to be able to win off.

Tarry’s 10 entries for the Summer Cup are not prominent in the betting and, in discussing them, he started off with last year’s winner Liege, who is quoted at 25-1 with the sponsor

“He didn’t go in firing last year so probably needs to be prepared in a certain way and probably wants two easier runs before the Summer Cup, so we are looking at a similar route to last year,” said Tarry.

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