Grand Se­ries fi­nal at the Vaal

The Herald (South Africa) - - Horse Racing -

THE WSB Grand Se­ries will draw to a close at the Vaal to­mor­row with the run­ning of the Match Race be­tween the win­ner of the first leg and the run­ner-up in Leg 2.

The race was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be run as the WSB Grand Her­itage over 1 475m at the Vaal on Septem­ber 29 in which an en­larged field was due to square off against one an­other.

How­ever, the course was not in good enough con­di­tion at the race was post­poned for a cou­ple of weeks. Un­for­tu­nately, the course was still not up to scratch so the de­ci­sion was taken to move the race to the Turf­fontein In­side track.

How­ever, that course did not have the fa­cil­ity to have all the horses com­pete in one race so the de­ci­sion was to split the race in two and have the win­ners face one an­other in a Grand Se­ries fi­nal.

Tst­sikamma Dance and Sol­dier On won the re­spec­tive races but Stu­art Pet­ti­grew, trainer of Sol­dier On, de­cided he had other plans for his charge and Sol­dier On would miss the fi­nal. As a re­sult, se­cond-placed Dan The Lad will take his place.

The match race will also be run over 1 475m and they will be rac­ing for a win­ner-take-all R250 000.

The race has been num­ber as Race 12 but will be run at 1.15pm be­tween races 2 and 3.

Ryan Munger will be aboard the Ash­ley For­tune-trained Tsit­sikamma Dance while S’manga Khu­malo has been given the ride on Paul Match­ett’s charge, Dan The Lad. He will re­place Fran­cois Her­holdt who is cur­rently rid­ing in South Korea.

There are also two re­serves carded and they are the se­cond-placed run­ner in the first leg, who was Zouaves, as well as third - placed Lake Kin­neret from the se­cond leg. –

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