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Big City Life Wins South Africa Gr1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge
In South Africa, 4YO entire Big City Life (Casey Tibbs-Dollar Crisis, by Goldmark) scored by a neck in the R750,000 (A$115,000) weight-for-age Gr1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge (1600m) at Clairwood. Big City Life (ridden by Piere Strydom for trainer Glen Kotzen) defeated front-running 5YO entire Blue Tiger (Counter Action-Manuka, by Rainbow Dream) & favoured 7YO gelding & multiple Horse-Of-The-Year Pocket Power (Jet Master-Stormsvlei, by Prince Florimund) who won this race last year. Big City life took his record to 8 wins (also including 2009's Gr1 Durban July over 2200m at Greyville, Gr1 Daily News 2000 over 2000m at Greyville, Gr1 Cape Derby over 2000m at Kenilworth & Gr2 KRA Guineas over 1600m at Greyville, plus 2008's Listed Racing Association Stakes over 1600m at Fairview) & 5 placings (including January's Gr1 Queen's Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth & 2009's Gr3 Byerley Turk Plate over 1400m at Scottsville, plus 2008's Gr2 Green Point Stakes over 1600m at Kenilworth) from 17 starts.