If there is a weekend in 2019 made for horse-racing fanatics, this is it. Friday night’s  meeting at Greyville heralds the opening of the SA Champions Season in KwaZulu-Natal and there will be eight feature races on the nine-race programme. In Louisville, Kentucky, Saturday sees the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at which Mint Julep, the traditional Derby drink since 1930, will be sold for $2,500 in a fancy cup etched with the twin spires motif of Churchill Downs Racecourse. Refreshments won’t be near that expensive at Turffontein’s Gins ‘n Roses Festival on Saturday which coincides with Champions Day at the city track, where a 12-race card brings the curtain down on the Highveld’s Autumn Feature Season. Mike de Kock, who has been celebrating his R9m National Sales purchase at the "Racing Masters" Golf Tournament in Swaziland this week, will be rushing back to saddle Sheikh Hamdan’s star three-year-old Hawwaam in the topliner, the grade1 Premier’s Champions Challenge (R4m) over...

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