Howells Racing has had a good start to the current racing season and going into the New Year, Duncan is leading trainer in KwaZulu-Natal by number of winners and stakes.

There are still seven months of the season to go and as per usual, Duncan is locked in his annual battle with Dennis Drier for the KZN Trainers Championship. Duncan currently leads with 33 winners to Denniss 26 at a winning strike rate of just under 13%. Dean Kannemeyer is third on 22 winners with Louis Goosen and Dennis Bosch in close attendance with 20 winners apiece.

Its worth mentioning that two of the top five trainers are based at Ashburton that only has 10 trainers with Summerveld boasting over 30.

Duncan is also R600 000k ahead of Dennis in the stakes race.

Drier is ahead on the national log with his Cape Town successes adding to his totals but Duncan has plans to be more aggressive nationally as he feels that he has built up a decent string of horses that deserve a crack at the bigger out-of-province plums.

Duncan has Neptunes Rain pencilled in for the CTS $500000 1200m to be run on Sun Met day at Kenilworth although he admits that it will be difficult to win given the strength of the local runners.

Inclement weather has hindered plans to step out the first juveniles from the yard but the current dry spell should see some of them having their first races soon although the hiatus that sees Scottsville closed for March will put another spanner in the works.

A further batch of two-year-olds arrived in the yard this past week, noticeable by their long manes and bushy tails, but will soon be groomed to perfection like all Howells-trained horses who, fast or slow, all look a million dollars when they step out onto the racecourse.