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On the same card as the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup at Turffontein on 1 November is the running of the Charity Mile November Handicap.

Our Giant
is set to defend his title in this year’s Charity Mile November Handicap which will be run on Turffontein’s standside track. Our Giant is one of 33 runners entered into this glittering R600 000 Grade 2 race.

TAB Online reports that the five-year-old has won four races since beating Biarritz by 0.50 lengths in last year’s race, including the Horse Chestnut Stakes over this same course and distance back in April this year.

Last Saturday he showed he’s at the top of his game when he raced over 1450m on the inside track at Turffontein and maintained his unbeaten record over that trip by beating Kingdom Come impressively.

His trainer, Charles Laird, has also entered Likeithot and talented four-year-old Smart Banker, who has won four of eight career starts.

Kingdom Come is one of four runners entered by SA trainers’ log-leader Geoff Woodruff. He has also nominated Buscador and Profit Report, first and second in the Nomads Hyperion Handicap at Turffontein last Saturday, and six-time winner Chariots Of Fire.

Ruling champion trainer Mike de Kock’s four-pronged entry includes Galant Gagnant, Gilded Minaret, Lubricator and Rudra, while KwaZulu-Natal-based Michael Roberts has entered his charge Tropical Empire, who visited the Highveld recently to contest the Emerald Cup at the Vaal.

Supplementary entries fall due on Monday 2 October with final acceptances on Thursday 23 October.

The first entries for the R600 000 Charity Mile November Handicap over 1600m at Turffontein on 1 November are as follows :

BUSCADOR (G V Woodruff);
CATMANDU (A Kirsten);
CHARIOTS OF FIRE (G V Woodruff);
CITIZEN DANTE (D Cunha);
DYNAMITE MIKE (K Naidoo);
E-FUEL (A Kirsten);
EDDINGTON (D Zaki);
EL PADRINO (D C Goss);
FORK LIGHTENING (S G Tarry);
GALANT GAGNANT (M F De Kock);
GILDED MINARET (M F De Kock);
GLIDING HIGH (B O Wiid);
HERALDIC SEAL (C Spies);
KILCOY CASTLE (S G Tarry);
KINGDOM COME (G V Woodruff);
LIKEITHOT (C Laird);
LUBRICATOR (M F De Kock);
OLYMPIC GOLD (G S Kotzen);
OUR GIANT (C Laird);
OUTCOME (M D Miller);
PREACH CONNECTION (K Naidoo);
PROFIT REPORT (G V Woodruff);
PURPLE RAIN (R R Sage);
RAY SAUCE (S G Tarry);
RUDRA (M F De Kock);
SHE’S ON FIRE (O A Ferraris);
SIRIUS STAR (G M Alexander);
SMART BANKER (C Laird);
TAP TAP (A G Laird);
THANDOLWAMI (C Eudey);
THE BIG ASK (M D Miller);
THEREALSLIMSHADY (A G Laird);
TROPICAL EMPIRE (M L Roberts).

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