Han Solo Returns In Defence Of His Title

First race off @ 12h10

The Eastern Cape’s biggest race meeting takes place at Fairview Racecourse this afternoon and nine races are carded.

The main event of the day is the Listed Jonsson Workwear Algoa Cup which is run over 2000m.

There is a R500 000 Pick 6 carryover with a likely pool of R3 million. The first is due off at 12h10.

After winning Friday’s Fairview feature and enjoying a good day at Hollywoodbets Durbanville yesterday, Brett Crawford is looking to The Futurist to round off a cracking weekend. His charge makes his third appearance this season and has been carefully prepared for this engagement.

He will carry just 54,5kg in the feature and will be ridden by Craig Zackey, who has steered the consistent son of Futura to into third place last time, after winning and finishing second in his two previous rides on the six-year-old gelding.

Defending champion Han Solo returns for the Kotzen family  at the age of 7.

He is likely to be settled near the rear of the field from his wide draw and will be mowing down the frontrunners.

The son of Master Of My Fate caught the eye with a solid prep run at Hollywoodbets Durbanville last month. He has to beat a wide draw but is rock solid and could make it a double.

Kuyan Kotzen enjoys the 2022 Algo Cup celebrations with Granny Judy Wintle,  in whose colours Han Solo runs (Pic – Pauline Herman)

Three Rocks from the Alan Greeff stable takes her place in Race 2. She is a winner of her last four starts.

She was slow into stride over 1200m last time but quickened up well and won going away. She has won three times and finished second once from as many starts over this distance.

The daughter of Heavenly Blue is above average, and she should win again.


Jockeys Louis Nhlapo and Stallone Naidoo will not be riding today.

General Information as at 05 November 07h00
Weather Sunny, 23 deg, 12-15km/h South Westerly Crosswind
Rainfall Last 24 Hours: 2mm Last 7 Days: 62mm
Irrigation Last 24 Hours: Nil Last 7 Days: Nil
Penetrometer Reading 23
Track Condition Good
False Rail 4m off zero to 1200m, thereafter a gradual increase to 8m with an 8m spur at the 800m
  • The Bipot starts in the second race at 12h40
  • The Place Accumulator starts in the third race at 13h10
  • The Pick 6 starts in the fourth race at 13h45
  • The first Jackpot starts in the fifth race at 14h20
  • The second Jackpot starts in the sixth race at 14h55

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