Popularity of PE racing thrives on competitive edge

Punters’ Pal

THERE are many reasons why it is better to be at the race- track rather than follow the action at the tote or at home.

That was the case last Friday at Fairview when patrons enjoyed some rare sights. In two of the nine races a deadheat for first place was declared. In another race there was a dead-heat for third.

These results again showed how exciting and competitive Port Elizabeth racing is.

For many years in PE it has been the stables of Gavin Smith and Alan Greeff doing battle for top honours. That is why it was particularly touching to see what transpired after the first dead-heat.

It was horses from these stables that were involved and most of us expect the trainers to charge to the winner’s enclosure to lead their horse first into the No1 box.

In a lovely touch that epitomises the spirit of PE racing, these two trainers first led the one horse in and then the other, before posing together for the winning pictures.

These sorts of gestures make PE such a popular place for everyone to come and race. Yes, everyone fights hard for their place in the sun and the sparks do fly, but being a racehorse trainer in PE, you should know that there are always more important things in life.

We confidently tipped you a solid place accumulator last Friday. It does look more difficult today but the nine races will start a very exciting time for racing fans.

The Cape Flying Championship will headline the meeting at Kenilworth tomorrow. Trainer Yvette Bremner will fly the PE flag, with the gelding Copper Parade contesting this Grade 1 event.

Make sure you back a winner or two today to load up for a busy week ahead.

Next week there are meetings at Fairview on Wednesday and Friday, followed by the J&B Met at Kenilworth in Cape Town on Saturday.

Punters’ Pal’s tips for Fairview:

PA R432

2-8/1-4/3-4-8/1-3-5/1-7/1-8/4-7-8

Pick 6 R2160

1-3-4-10-11/3-4-8/1-3-5-12/1-2-7/1-7-8/3-4-7-8