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Leg 1 of the 2020 Work Riders’ Challenge will take place at the Vaal on Monday.

The good news for all concerned is that despite the current economic difficulties, the prize money for this challenge remain at R50,000.

The third and final leg of last season’s Work Riders Challenge was not run due to the lockdown, but it was decided that the log leaders after the first two legs would be declared the winners.

As a result, Joe Gwingwizha, who topped the table with 75 points, will claim the R20,000 first prize with Chamu Mabaya, second with 62 points, receiving a cheque for R10,000 and Tshepiso Matsoele, third on 44 points, getting R5,000.

They will receive their payments at the Vaal on Monday.

The work riders’ programme has been run with dedication and enthusiasm by former top jockey James Maree, who points out that the programme is important on so many levels. “Skills development, transformation and the welfare of the horses – all of these factors are looked at,” said Maree.

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