It sim­ply has to be once, twice, Three Times a Lady

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The last month or two has been a very good pe­riod for East­ern Cape horse rac­ing.

It was a hec­tic time for ev­ery­one in­volved with rac­ing in the prov­ince, with one meet­ing af­ter the other, in­clud­ing the big Al­goa Cup week­end.

This gave the Port El­iz­a­beth fra­ter­nity the op­por­tu­nity to show, on and off the track, that the Friendly City is a very im­por­tant role-player in South African horse rac­ing.

The two tracks at Fairview – the turf and the poly – were in a great con­di­tion dur­ing this busy pe­riod, with track manag- er Charles New­combe and his team do­ing some fine work.

Bet­ting pools at the Fairview meet­ings are al­ways solid, not only for the usual Fri­day meet­ings, but also when there is the oc­ca­sional Mon­day or Wed­nes­day meet­ing.

The Fairview Place Ac­cu­mu­la­tor is with­out doubt one of the most pop­u­lar bets with the South African pun­ters.

On the track, the PE sta­bles showed they mean busi­ness.

The Al­goa Cup was very nearly won by a lo­cal trainer, Gavin Smith, for the first time since 2009.

It is get­ting more and more dif­fi­cult for the Cape Town raiders to keep on win­ning this big PE race and the lo­cal sta­bles can’t wait for next year’s race.

East Cape rac­ing can be very proud of the PE women train­ers. Tara Laing didn’t have enough arms to carry all the tro­phies back to the sta­ble af­ter this year’s an­nual awards, and Sharon Kotzen and Yvette Brem­ner won ma­jor races.

On the Fri­day of the Al­goa Cup week­end, the Kotzen yard won the Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Stakes with the filly Just Chaos and this past Satur­day it was Brem­ner’s day in the lime­light.

The Brem­ner sta­ble had some suc­cess in the past when trav­el­ling to other cen­tres with some of the best PE horses and on Satur­day it was the turn of Na­tional Park to do PE proud.

This three-year-old geld­ing won the Gra­ham Beck Stakes, a grade3-race, at Turf­fontein in Jo­han­nes­burg with jockey Ryan Munger in the sad­dle.

The ac­tion con­tin­ues at Fairview on the turf track on Fri­day with eight races and we are go­ing with Three Times A Lady (race 4) as our banker.

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