In the sports arena, Absa is best known as a local football sponsor but it is probably now checking on races in which Mayfair Speculators horses are still being allowed to compete despite the bank handling the company’s liquidation. Although Markus Jooste’s two top horses, Legal Eagle and Edict Of Nantes, have both been sold, several talented performers owned by his Mayfair Speculators are competing in big races. They include Dutch Philip, Always In Charge, Barrack Street, Brutal Force and Tevez who will all contest Saturday’s R400,000 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes at Kenilworth. Dutch Philip, a three-year-old co-owned by Mayfair, Bryn Ressell and Marsh Shirtliff, appears to have an outstanding chance of beating his 15 rivals and taking the R250,000 first prize. The son of What A Winter will be bidding to land another big race for trainer Candice Bass-Robinson and jockey Aldo Domeyer following their success with another of the same sire’s progeny Magical Wonderland in last weekend’s C...

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