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South African 3YO Triple Crown For 2009
In South Africa, a Triple Crown series will be introduced in 2009 for the major 3YO races at Turffontein in Johannesburg with bonuses totalling R3.75 million (A$535,000). Any horse that wins next year's Gauteng Guineas, SA Classic & SA Derby will collect a bonus of R2 million (A$285,000). There will also be a R500,000 (A$71,000) bonus for the horse running in all 3 legs who earns the most points (10 for a win, 7 for 2nd, 5 for 3rd & 3 for 4th). In addition there will be a similar R1 million (A$143,000) bonus, plus a R250,000 (A$36,000) points scheme, for the Triple Tiara fillies equivalents of the Gauteng Fillies Guineas, SA Fillies Classic & SA Oaks. With South African racing "hit by increasing numbers of the top horses being exported to Dubai, Britain & France in search of big prize-money", Robert Garner (marketing boss of Phumelela which owns Turffontein) told racingpost.co.uk: "We believe the bonus scheme will benefit racing & the breed, and go a long way to persuading owners of top horses to race their charges in South Africa as 3YOs & only campaign them internationally as 4YOs." Phumelela "introduced a similar Triple Crown scheme in 1999 when the Mike de Kock-trained Horse Chestnut won all 3 legs and a R1 million bonus, but the idea was allowed to lapse".