Strike it rich with Stry­dom


The Citizen (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - Piere Stry­dom

Green Top has the rat­ing to make him a banker in all bets.

Last week­end we ex­per­i­mented rid­ing with­out a whip as a re­ac­tion to what is hap­pen­ing in the UK where there is strong op­po­si­tion to the use of the whip. A lot of us were in sup­port of the con­cept and I’m def­i­nitely in that camp.

Af­ter rid­ing in that race I’ve sort of changed my opin­ion and the whole jockey room felt the same, be­cause even though you are not there to pun­ish the horse you have to find a way to get his mind on the job. It’s to get him to con­cen­trate, be­gin­ning from when you leave the pa­rade ring and take your horse down.

When I took my horse to the start last Sat­ur­day he was look­ing all over the place and not con­cen­trat­ing. Just a tap on the shoul­der is usu­ally enough to re­gain that fo­cus from him.

In the race it­self it felt weird when you try to en­cour­age the horse and there’s no re­sponse. You just feel that your horse is tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion and not putting his best foot for­ward. That could be­come an is­sue as we are ex­pected to give our horses ev­ery chance of win­ning and there is no way we can mo­ti­vate him to give of his best.

There are ob­vi­ously dif­fer­ences of opin­ions where cer­tain peo­ple feel you need to be more vig­or­ous to get a re­sponse but we have work to­gether to be more pro­gres­sive in putting the horse’s wel­fare first.

There are some jock­eys who use the whip ex­ces­sively in my view and when you get to the win­ning post and there are all the jock­eys hit­ting their horses, it makes a lot of noise and gives the im­pres­sion the horses are be­ing abused.

My per­sonal opin­ion I feel the whip is needed but just around the shoul­der. There should be no hit­ting the horse be­hind the sad­dle. There are a lot of dis­ci­plinary rea­sons why jock­eys need whips but it needs to be used in a kind way.

They need to un­der­stand the guy on top is in charge and just a tap on the neck to help them con­cen­trate usu­ally does the trick.

We are back on the In­side track at Turf­fontein to­day and will need to take the draws into ac­count.

Race 1 is over 1000m and See You Tyger has the best form but the horse I be­lieve can beat her is Tus­can Light. She fin­ished a head be­hind See You Tyger in what was her first start and any im­prove­ment should see her fin­ish on top this time.

There are a num­ber of un­raced run­ners who could pop up so be alert to any bet­ting moves.

Race 2 is an­other Maiden Plate but this time over 1450m and the best weighted run­ner is Adamo. He has a good draw and is def­i­nitely the horse to beat. He is po­ten­tially a good bet and prob­a­bly a BiPot banker.

The only dan­ger may be a tal­ented un­raced run­ner but they all seem to be badly drawn.

Race 3 is a hand­i­cap but Morn­ing Catch does seem to have the best form. There are a num­ber of oth­ers with chances so in­clude Shogun and Pur­ple Di­a­mond in the Place Ac­cu­mu­la­tor. The other dan­gers are D’Arivee and Danza.

I’m rid­ing Nephrite who will prob­a­bly find this a bit tough so I’m hop­ing for im­prove­ment.

Race 4 is an­other hand­i­cap with my first choice be­ing Mrs O. Her dan­gers are Vivir and Twelve Oaks and all three need to be in­cluded in the PA. For the Pick 6 con­sider Air Of Suc­cess, Jame­son Girl and Visu­al­ity.

Race 5 is a plate race and your best hand­i­capped run­ner should come out on top. Green Top is well ahead of the rest and looks a Pick 6 and PA banker.

The only pos­si­ble dan­ger is Storm Destiny who I rode last time and was quite im­pressed with her. She has not run since then and might need it, which makes Green Top hard to beat.

Race 6 is hand­i­cap over 2600m which al­ways turns out to be very com­pet­i­tive. My main se­lec­tions, in or­der of pref­er­ence, are Desert Sun­set, Day­tona Charger, Ka­makura, Mighty And Magic and Tapen­zee.

Put as many as those men­tioned into the PA but con­sider adding more to the Pick 6.

I ride Earth Sky who just won his maiden and of­ten they bat­tle to deal with the stronger op­po­si­tion in their next start. He is lightly raced so I’m hop­ing he can make im­prove­ment and cause the up­set.

Race 7 is an­other hand­i­cap with no horse hav­ing out­stand­ing form so you will need to in­clude as many as pos­si­ble. My main run­ners are Psy­chic, Tiger Jet, Rev­e­la­tion and Kurt’s Ap­proval. All those need to be in­cluded in the PA but for the Pick 6 add AP Chanel, Shang­hai Pierce and Storm Out­go­ing.

Race 8 is an­other hand­i­cap with my first choice be­ing Lazarus Tree. He’s lightly raced and could be too good for this field. Un­for­tu­nately he has a shock­ing draw. In the PA in­clude O Lucky Man as well. For the Pick 6 add Blue Di­a­mond Road. If those are not enough you need to go even wider.

I ride Sleepin­seat­tle who is held on form.

Race 9 is an­other hand­i­cap with the main run­ners be­ing Per­fect Ti­gress, Ken­tucky Blue and Soul Of Wit, who is my first se­lec­tion.

She has been run­ning in fea­tures and has had to deal with bad draws. She did run poorly last time so you might need to back her up in with Per­fect Ti­gress in the PA. Add Ken­tucky Blue for the Pick 6.

Pic­ture: JC Pho­to­graph­ics

VALUE BET. Piere Stry­dom be­lieves Soul Of Wit, who runs in Race 9 at Turf­fontein to­day, looks top value.

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