Here comes SA’s biggest race

Here comes SA’s biggest race

Racing at the Vaal.

Saturday’s Grand Heritage at the Vaal offers racing fans something different.

For one thing, it is the biggest race on the South African calendar – in terms of field size and a few other measures. The starter has the daunting job of getting 28 runners away in a line; the commentator has identify each of them and rattle through all the names during the 1475m charge; and the judge must sort out who’s who as bunches of horses flash by the post on the inside, outside and middle of the track. The aim is to give middling-talent horses a shot at feature-race glory and decent prize money. The upshot of the...

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