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The threat of the trade unions and Cosatu maintaining their warning to boycott January’s Sun Met may have receded with the sale of Markus Jooste’s top horse Legal Eagle, while his other star, Edict Of Nantes, could be sold to Dubai or Hong Kong. The Public Servants Association had called for a boycott of the Cape Town race if horses owned by Jooste took part. Pensions have been seriously affected by the Steinhoff scandal. JSE-listed Phumelela Gaming & Leisure have been quick to respond, saying that its "door is open" for any negotiations. "Our CEO Rian Du Plessis is welcome to discuss with the unions any matter related to racing," said Phumelela racing executive Clyde Basel on Monday. Businessman Braam van Huyssteen, who has 175 horses in training, has bought Legal Eagle — for R3.2m, some say. "He’s the best horse in SA," Van Huyssteen enthused when the purchase was confirmed. He will race the six-year-old in partnership with Hedley McGrath and Brisbane-based William Henderson. The ...

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