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Not many SA sportspeople earn R785,00 in one day, but that was about the earnings of 48-year-old jockey Anton Marcus at the conclusion of the Sun Met meeting at Kenilworth on Saturday.
One can only surmise what SA sporting legend Gary Player, in Cape Town for last week’s CTS sale and Saturday’s big meeting, thought of the payday if he cast his mind back to 1959. That was the year he won his first major golf championship— the British Open — and you can be sure his winner’s purse was paltry compared with what Marcus banked at the weekend.
Former champion Marcus has always maintained that his major objective in the sport is to capture the big races, and he was true to his word on Saturday.
His three successes came in the R5m CTS 1,200 on the favourite Cirillo; the R5m CTS 1,600 on another market leader, One World; and the cherry on the top, victory on Rainbow Bridge in the R5m Sun Met.
Assuming the jockeys’ winning purse is 10% of the winner’s cheque his two CTS triumphs will have nett...
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