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Jessica Slack — granddaughter of the late Harry and Bridgit Oppenheimer — got married last weekend and she could receive a belated wedding gift if State Star wins Thursday’s eighth race at the Vaal. Slack, who married trainer Mike de Kock’s longtime assistant Steven Jell, is thankfully as enthusiastic about racing as her mother, Mary Slack, and her grandparents. In an interview with the Sporting Post, Slack said: "Grandma and grandpa set some pretty high standards, we want to live up to those and take the next steps — and to breed champions, of course! "We hope to continually upgrade our stock and breed the best, fastest and toughest we can. I am not interested in numbers, just quality," she added. State Star is proof that Slack only wants to breed from high-quality mares as the four-year-old, who won her first start by nearly three lengths, is a daughter of Epsom Derby winner, High Chaparral. The filly is trained by Alec Laird and has been partnered in each of her three outings by ...

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