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There were 27 horses nominated to run in the R800,000 Allied Steelrode – OnamissionMile when first acceptances closed on Monday, and what a field this race could turn out to be.

Formerly known as the Charity Mile, this Grade 2 race will be run over 1600m on the Turffontein Standside track on Saturday 30 October.

Entries include SA Triple Crown Champion Malmoos, Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara winner War Of Athena, five-time Grade 1 winner Got The Greenlight, MK’s Pride and Copper Mountain.

In addition, Mike de Kock has nominated Al Muthana, who is now producing the promise he showed when winning on debut, Sparkling Water and Forever Mine.

Other than MK’s Pride, Paul Peter has entered highly rated Sound Of Summer and stalwart Astrix while Sean Tarry has seven entries – Cornish Pomodoro, Flying Carpet, Ikigai, Seehaam, Indlamu, Tierra Del Fuego, Willow Express.

De Kock will be happy with the draws of Al Muthana and Malmoos, who are at No 2 and No 8 respectively, while Peter will be delighted MK’s Pride will jump from pole position with Astrix at No 3.

War Of Athena landed No 16 draw while Got The Greenlight drew wide at No 23.

The field will be restricted to 16 runners.

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