A match race between Stuart Pettigrews Soldier On and
Ashley Fortunes Tsitsikamma Dance, the winners of the
respective legs of the Grand Heritage Series at Turffontein
on Saturday, is planned for the Vaal on 8 December.
Phumelela Racing Executive Clyde Basel said:
The race will be run over 1475m. We want to make an
event of it, its early holiday time and a week after the
Summer Cup. We are finalising the prize money and the
conditions of the race with the sponsor. Chances are
that both Soldier On and Tsitsikamma Dance will run
again before then and that their ratings may change.
There is just half a kilo in it on merit ratings after Saturdays
races. Soldier On is rated 91, and Tsitsikamma
Dance is rated 90. The latter won in 88,42s, the former
in 88,81s, so theyre almost equal on exposed form,
both having won 4 of 11 starts and both gutsy as they
come!
The last match race on the Highveld was held more
than 28 years ago in July 1990, when Cliffie Ottos powerhouse
sprinter Divine Act (Charles van Booma) beat
Brainteaser (Piere Strydom) over 1000m in front of a
capacity crowd at Gosforth Park. – tt.