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Saturday’s meeting at Turffontein
is held annually in memory of 24 individuals, including jockeys and racing officials, who died on Tuesday 12 April 1988
when a United Airways charter flight crashed near the Free State town of Hennenman on its return from a race meeting in Bloemfontein.
The races have been named after the people who passed in this tragic incident and their surviving friends and families are invited to the track to share memories every year.
The topliner is a Merit Rated 96 sprint handicap over 1000m for a stake of R120,000, in which the neighbouring Turffontein stables of Paul Peter and Johan Janse van Vuuren look set to do battle with Kwite A Trip and Quantum King, respectively.
Five-time winner Kwite A Trip, fifth in a strong Pinnacle Plate at this track last week, is the marginal fancy considering Peter’s hot run of form at present. Having won all of his races over 1000m, Kwite A Trip should be good enough to carry top weight to victory.
Peter’s filly Freed From Desire, a revelation with five wins to her name this season, is another runner punters will be looking to, to make exotic permutations easier. She, too, has a big weight to shoulder, but as a two-time course and distance winner in top form, she ticks the most important boxes.
Mike de Kock will send out two runners at the meeting, and Rimaah (Race 1) looks to be the proverbial penalty kick having had the form of her recent second place to Maharanee well franked. Mike confirmed: “She is well, will enjoy the extra ground (1200m – 1450m) and will go close to winning this.”
His other runner is Keepingthepeace (Race 10), coming off a short rest into a MR70 handicap and he noted: “This filly will need the run, we’ll be happy if she can earn place money but she will improve with this run behind her.”
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