SA jock­eys ex­cel

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - MICHAEL CLOWER

THE South African jock­eys wal­loped the vis­i­tors at Ke­nil­worth yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing up their three-one tri­umph at Turf­fontein on Satur­day by tak­ing all four in­ter­na­tional races.

The fi­nal points tally in the Rac­ing It’s A Rush match was 547 to 288 and since this par­tic­u­lar se­ries was started in 2008 the home team has won five times out of seven.

Dis­ap­pointed vis­it­ing cap­tain James Doyle said: “I think we had bad luck with the draw. Ei­ther that or we are all very bad jock­eys!”

The big­gest name among the vis­i­tors may have failed to notch up his first South African suc­cess but it was not for want of try­ing and you could see why Sheikh Mo­hammed is pre­pared to pay so much for him as he pulled out one stop after another in an ul­tra-de­ter­mined bid to make all on Va­le­rio in the Bet­ting World Hand­i­cap.

But in the end his mount had no more to give and third was the best he could man­age.

In­de­pen­dence

Piere Strydom got up close home to win this on the Brett Craw­ford-trained In­de­pen­dence and the for­mer cham­pion led two fur­longs on Roar­ing Wind for Glen Kotzen in the last to take his to­tal to just two short of his 5 000 tar­get.

An­thony Delpech took the Vic­tor Lu­do­rum (top jockey) award and he kicked off yes­ter­day’s leg with com­fort­able win on Ind­aba in the Ta­ble Bay Ho­tel Hand­i­cap.

The three-year-old has now won three on the trot and Dean Kan­nemeyer some­what un­der­stand­ably reck­ons she has a real fu­ture.

He said: “I am go­ing to en­ter her for the Avon­tuur Cape Fil­lies Guineas although, as An­thony said, she re­ally needs 1 800-2 000m. But she has a lot of po­ten­tial.”

Bernard Fayd’Herbe, tak­ing part in this com­pe­ti­tion for the first time, landed the Egyp­tair Hand­i­cap on Saint Sophia for Mike Bass on a day the Mil­ner­ton maestro could do no wrong.

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