To say nerves are jangling at Heversham Park Stud in Gauteng ahead of Saturday’s Dubai World Cup is perhaps the understatement of the year. No, SA does not have a runner in the $12m race, but the stud owns the dam of North America, who is second favourite to land the big prize at Meydan Racecourse. The mare Heversham own is named Northern Mischief and is currently housed in Ireland and victory for North America would be a huge boost for her broodmare standing. “We acquired her cheaply just before North America won his first race, she’s had a colt by Dandy Man, is in foal to Ballydoyle stallion Churchill and is booked to visit Acclamation,” said Heversham’s owner Nigel Riley on Wednesday. “I am toying with the idea of catching a plane to Dubai to watch the race, but if that doesn’t happen we’ll be glued to the TV,” he said. Race coverage Racing channel Tellytrack has announced it will be screening all nine races from Dubai. Riley — a leading advocate in Johannesburg — and his partner...

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