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Today's Racing : 18th September 2014 - International , Vaal Sand

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Sharks Bay in fine fettle
The winner of the Grade 2 Post Merchants at Greyville, Sharks Bay, will be one of the more fancied runners in Sunday’s R600 000, Grade 1 Mercury Sprint at Clairwood and trainer Dennis Drier is confident the Australian import will run a very big race.
The Mercury Sprint is a weight-for-age event over 1 200m and has drawn a competitive field of 14 runners. It is the final major race for sprinters in the racing season and the result could influence the judges in their selection of the Champion Sprinter category at the Equus Awards.
Drier has two runners in the race with the six-year-old Restructure gelding Archipeligo as back-up to the three-year-old Sharks Bay and both, according to Drier, will go into the race in top condition.
Sharks Bay ran a brilliant race in the Merchants to beat the top speedster Thunder Key by a neck after having to switch for a run in the closing stages. Having been half way back in the field going through the 400m mark he began his move forward towards the inside but found himself in a pocket.
Jockey Sean Cormack had to switch him for a run and with the finishing post looming up he drove the Canny Lad gelding forward to burst through very late and snatch victory from the classy Thunder Key who had previously run second to Earl Of Surrey in the Golden Horse Casino Sprint at Scottsville.
“I would have preferred it if it had been at Greyville but he is very well and I am hoping for a big run from him.”
Archipeligo’s last run was in the Golden Horse Casino Sprint where he hung throughout and finished midway back in the field. Before that he had made the running over 1 000m at Greyville and only been caught in the very last strides and beaten a head by top Cape sprinter Gaultier.
“He is getting to the end of his racing career and will probably have one more run. He is very well and I am hoping he runs a good race. Of the two, Sharks Bay is probably the better.”

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