Strike it rich with Stry­dom


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Match race adds spice to to­day’s Vaal meet­ing.

Isome­times get the im­pres­sion that pun­ters don’t like their own money. Is it that they don’t study form or is it be­cause some of them don’t know how to study form? On Tues­day I rode Artemisia at the Vaal and I was stunned to see he had been priced up favourite de­spite the fact he was held on form In the Mon­day morn­ing’s

Jack Mil­ner wrote: “Artemisia re­ceived a 4kg penalty for her penul­ti­mate vic­tory and an­other 2.5kg for win­ning her next start so she is back to a merit rat­ing of 81. When last at that level she was not win­ning so un­less she has con­tin­ued to make fur­ther im­prove­ment, we shouldn’t be rush­ing out to take 18-10, even with Piere Stry­dom up.”

For those who can­not read form it was laid out in black and white for you. It re­ally boils down to hav­ing some com­mon sense and racing sense.

I try to prove my­self wrong with my rides as my suc­cess de­pends on rid­ing win­ners and hav­ing fur­ther suc­cess. Fi­nan­cially the more I win, the bet­ter it is for me.

I am known as a jockey who stud­ies form which is why I do this ar­ti­cle and get asked to tip on race days. I use my knowl­edge of the horses and my ex­pe­ri­ence in races to as­sist me fur­ther.

The rea­son I started to study form se­ri­ously is be­cause when I moved to Joburg I was suc­cess­ful, but af­ter a while I re­alised I was rid­ing six or seven favourites and only com­ing home with one win­ner. I started think­ing that surely, with all those favourites, I should be win­ning more races.

That is not the case. Cur­rently I rarely get my first choice of rides but the pun­ters and the book­mak­ers seem to think I am.

I know I keep go­ing on about the same thing but I feel pun­ters are of­ten be­ing mis­led by the bet­ting. When I com­plain to the book­mak­ers they tell me I should be flat­tered be­cause it means they have re­spect for my rid­ing abil­ity but all the flat­tery in the world does not help any­body back a win­ner.

To­day we race at the Vaal and on the card is the WSB Grand Se­ries Match Race. It has been a long time since we’ve seen a match race in Joburg.

I took part in one many years back when I rode Brain­teaser against Di­vine Act. It’s a lot of pres­sure for the jockey be­cause you could ride the best race to suit your mount but the other horse turns out to be bet­ter than you. Sim­ply put, there is no place to hide.

We kick off with a work riders’ Maiden Plate for fil­lies and mares and Up­skilled looks a hard horse to beat. She ran sec­ond in her only start and as the rest of the field does not look that strong she should win this.

The dan­ger could be Cop Shop, but she has not raced for a year.

Race 2 is an As­sess­ment Plate where your best weighted run­ner should come out on top. But I will lean to­wards Oravar who ran sec­ond be­hind Palace Chapel and is 4kg worse off. The ob­vi­ous dan­ger is Palace Chapel and they should be good enough for the BiPot.

Race 3 is a Maiden Plate but it is quite dif­fi­cult to find a win­ner. I am lean­ing to­wards the Old Man Thyme form­line as the sec­ond horse, Zil­lzaal, won his next start. There­fore my se­lec­tions are Paquirri and Basil­ica Santo. They could be good enough for the Place Ac­cu­mu­la­tor but if not, you will need quite a few more run­ners.

Race 4 is an­other Maiden Plate and on this oc­ca­sion the main horses I fancy do not have the strong­est of form. In a very open race I give chances to March To Glory, Senor’s Guest, Riga D’ora, Ri­boux En Var and even Ti Gar.

Smart Deal has to have a chance but 1600m is prob­a­bly too short for him.

In­clude as many as those men­tioned in the PA and go with all of them in the Pick 6.

Race 5 is an­other As­sess­ment Plate where your high­est rated horses should be the ones to fight it out. They are In­vin­ci­ble Lady, Mrs Simp­son, and the horse who has run against very strong com­pany from bad draws, Sand Princess. Go with any two for the PA and all of them should be enough for the Pick 6.

Race 6 is a hand­i­cap where ev­ery horse should have a chance but on form the se­lec­tions are Shogun, Chang­ing Sea­son and Chep­ardo. I ride Nordic Rebel and I’m sur­prised to see he has been tipped to win be­cause he is held on form firstly by Bold Vik­ing and also by Nephrite based on the change in weights.

For the PA go with the first three men­tioned but for the Pick 6 put them all in.

Race 7 is a Novice Hand­i­cap where Bien Venue, Win­ter Storm, Make Your Move and Olof­berg should fight it out.

Bien Venue has been dis­ap­point­ing of late but prior to that he raced against stronger. I rode Win­ter Storm last time and the 1000m was def­i­nitely too short, so those two are the main con­tenders and are my Place Ac­cu­mu­la­tor horses. Add the other two into the Pick 6.

Race 8 is an­other hand­i­cap but again I have two fan­cies and they are State Trooper and Mount Keith. They should be good enough for the PA al­though you could even choose to banker one of them. For the Pick 6 con­sider Twelve Oaks as well.

Race 9 is a hand­i­cap for fil­lies and mares over 1000m. My first se­lec­tion and a banker in all bets is Fic­ti­tious. She has run against many of these horses, has the ben­e­fit of a 4kg claimer in the irons and there­fore looks to have them all beaten. The dan­gers are Wrap It Up and Queen Of War.

I’m rid­ing Nicky Noo who used to com­pete over mid­dle dis­tances and is now hav­ing her sec­ond run af­ter a rest over a sprint. That might just find her out. I’m hop­ing she im­proves up in Gaut­eng and proves good enough to win to­day.

Pic­ture: JC Pho­to­graph­ics

PIERE’S PICK. Piere Stry­dom has made Fic­ti­tious, who runs in Race 9 at the Vaal to­day, as a banker in all bets.

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