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Ratings, draws are relevant
Jack Milner: In his weekly column jockey Piere Strydom always explains the relevance of a good draw on the Turffontein Standside track with regards to races over 1400m and 1600m.

He also explains why one should follow the best handicapped horses in fixed-weights races.

On Saturday Strydom made the following observation. “The Gauteng Guineas is for all the top three-year-olds and they carry the same weight. For that reason, your highest merit-rated runner should win.

“Based on that Hawwaam and National Park are the obvious choices. Hawwaam has a bad draw again which means he will come from off the pace, but from what I’ve seen he is a difficult ride because he tends to fight with the riders when he over-races. His danger should be National Park who is drawn No 1, which should put him on top to win this race.”

Strydom was spot on! Port Elizabeth raider National Park won his second Grade 2 race on the Highveld when he motored home under Richard Fourie to win the R1-million Gauteng Guineas, and the first leg of the SA Triple Crown, by 2.70 lengths from 1-1 favourite Hawwaam, who Gavin Lerena brought from near last, to run second…

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