How­ells, Drier neck and neck

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

THE bat­tle for the KZN Cham­pion Trainer’s ti­tle is down to the wire and with just five meet­ings left to the end of the cur­rent sea­son it is still touch-andgo be­tween Dun­can How­ells and de­fend­ing cham­pion Den­nis Drier.

The ti­tle is de­cided by num­ber of wins in the prov­ince.

How­ells cur­rently leads on 68 with Drier a close sec­ond on 64.

Third on 56 wins is Dean Kan­nemeyer. Lead­ing KZN trainer by stakes won is Sean Tarry on R5.56 ml­lion, just over R1 mil­lion ahead of How­ells who is R200k ahead of Drier.

How­ells had edged ahead by five go­ing into Satur­day’s Greyville meet­ing but Drier cut that back to two with a tre­ble on the day be­fore How­ells came back with a dou­ble

Lady In Black

Drier kicked off with Lady In Black in the first, an­other promis­ing filly by Dy­nasty and now un­beaten in two starts, and Pre­mier Dance cut the How­ells lead to three.

But the Ash­bur­ton-based trainer coun­tered with Ac­ci­den­tal Tourist win­ning the fourth.

Rocky Val­ley de­fied top weight in the sixth to give Drier a tre­ble but How­ells fired back with Rus­sian Speed hold­ing on nar­rowly to win the ninth.

How­ells and Drier sad­dle eight run­ners each at Greyville to­mor­row which adds some nee­dle to the af­ter­noon’s rac­ing as How­ells goes into the fi­nal fort­night of the sea­son with a four-win lead hop­ing to clinch his sec­ond ti­tle.

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