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gelded Blackburn Roc doddled the second in spite of T HAPPENS often. Just Drier having reservations when you are about to before the race. give up on a horse they “I had some doubt before come and surprise you. the race because there were
None were more surprised some fancied runners but than Alyson Wright as the little horse has done Iknow finally brought his nothing wrong. I said to Eric homework to the track in (Stephenson) he’s a huge the card opener at Greyville runner.” yesterday. And so it proved as Sean
“You don’t know how frustrating Veale took him to the front this horse has been,” early and extended his lead Wright revealed. “He’s a with every stride. “He was really nice horse with a unlucky last time. He was great temperament but he green with Mandla,” he just wasn’t putting it in on said. the racetrack. I was so busy Things didn’t quite work shouting for our other horse out for the stable in the third that I didn’t notice him. as Hole In One took a bump
“We were contemplating out of the gate and was shuffled scratching him and trying back to last while stable for a 1900m next week. But companion the favourite was holding we phoned the owners and Walterthepenniless was on. Muzi Yeni extracted they said to run him.” caught wide for much of the more from Lowan race. Denysschen’s filly Such A
Donovan Dillon took full Rush and she pulled clear of advantage on Doug Fleek with Lola Crawford’s Campbell’s runner Farland, Spring Lightning getting up pinching an early lead in the for third. straight. At one stage The one-eyed mare Walterthepenniless looked Gorgeous Guest was game certain to reel him in but in his last win over course Dillon extracted more from and distance and she turned his mount and held off the in another brave performance challenge by a head. when making all the
It was a 1-2-3 for running to win the fifth to Ashburton trainers in the give Alyson Wright a double. fourth but not quite in the Apprentice Ashton Arries order that most punters had no hesitation in taking would have liked. his mount to the lead and
Fleek was well supported was not seriously challenged. to crack a string of runnerup Luke-warm berths and 100m out, favourite Dunzie was given although under pressure, every chance but appeared
Craig Zackey, showing no ill effects from his bad tumble last week and down to ride Amor Ardiente at the request of Belinda Impey, confirmed Wright’s assessment. “He’s good looking and has a beautiful action. He will probably be better 1200m to a mile.”
Favourite Chiron was under pressure early and never in the hunt.
Three winners last Sunday saw Dennis Drier take his tally of winners to eight for the month and it was number nine as the reluctant to go on with her effort and held on narrowly for second from top weight Amber Furst. The Garth Puller/Khanya Sakayi combination have been red-hot in recent weeks and they added another to their fastgrowing list of winners when London Knight went back-to-back in the sixth.
Front runners, helped by a tailwind, were not stopping at Greyville yesterday and London Knight kept rolling under Sakayi. This was Sakayi’s 15th win of the season and Puller’s 10th .
Q The Music finally made it to the winner’s enclosure in the seventh but it was only just as he was hardpressed by stable companion Winter’s Coming with a short-head in it at the line.
Q The Music was running on empty the last 100m but Garth Wright kept him hard to his task to deny apprentice Jabu Jacobs the first winner of his career.
Seasoned galloper Emperor Niarchos has been a soldier for Frank Robinson and has taken a new lease on life in the twilight of his racing career.
But it was just not enough in the last race as he was nailed on the line by Samsonite who came from the clouds under Sherman Brown. Emperor Niarchos was still going great guns at the wire but it just wasn’t enough. WITH the announcement that he will be Glen Kotzen’s main jockey for the coming season, up-and-coming young rider Ryan Munger, pictured, has been thrust into the spotlight.
One of our hardest working riders, he took over 1300 mounts last season, and the soon to be 23- yearold spoke to us while on the way to his engagements at Port Elizabeth on Monday.
“I have lived in Johannesburg virtually my whole life but will be moving to Cape Town, and already have my own place in Blouberg. I am looking forward to experiencing life in a different city,” he said.
Ryan comes from a racing family, as 2015 Vodacom July winning jockey Stuart Randolph is his uncle.
“Stuart is my mother’s brother, and when I was growing up I got to know about the racing industry through him. Whenever I need advice I can go to him and he will be there.
‘’I decided at an early age that I would like to have a sporting career, and was the right size to be a jockey. I enrolled in the jockey academy in 2011 while in Grade 10. Craig Zackey, Louis Mxothwa, Heavelon Van Den Hoven and Xavier Carstens were all in the same intake as me.’’
Success came early, and his first winner came on 30 December 2012 from only his sixth ride – the filly Nordic Lass for Dennis Drier.
“’I can still remember the race as if it was yesterday and the hair on the back of my neck still stands up when I think about how I won for the first time’’ he says about this special moment in any young riders’ career.
Now Tellytrack manager Dominique Zaki was a supporter when he was still training, with the likes of listed winner The Angelus, while Precursor for Johan Janse Van Vuuren was another standout ride from the early days.
Season by season he was near the top of the appy ranks, giving him a good grounding when he came out of his time in 2016. He also displayed his work ethic from early on travelling to Flamingo Park and Port Elizabeth on regular basis.
“Mr Human and now Mrs.Miller have supported me in Kimberley, as has Mrs Bremner in PE, and I have been able to repay all of their loyalty,” he says about his travels.
He had started to venture to Cape Town on occasion towards the end of last season, which is how the current arrangement with the Glen Kotzen outfit came about.
With Richard Fourie now officially freelancing but riding predominantly for Justin Snaith, Kotzen was on the lookout for a replacement, and approached Ryan after he won on promising youngster Lanza for the stable at the end of July.
“After I won the Juvenile Plate on Lanza Mr Kotzen said to give him a call. I did, we had a meeting, came to an agreement and here we are.
“Last season was good - I won over 100 races, and finished in the top ten. But the one thing missing on my C.V. is big feature race wins, and joining the Kotzen yard will give me the chance to win more Graded races” is how he sums up his expectations about his new job.
Indeed it’s almost shocking to discover that Ryan has only won a single Grade 3 race so far, on Ilitshe for Jurgen Van Heerden in April last year, a definite under achievement for a rider of his standing and ability.
Ryan rates Lanza a talented sort, and expects him to run well in the Sophomore Sprint at Durbanville on Saturday, while he has high hopes for Herodotus, who is Computaform and Racing Express’ top bet on the day, and sure to go off a hot favourite in Race 3.
With regard to longer term plans, he wants to go the same route as recently departed young talents Grant Van Niekerk and Callum Murray.
“My only overseas experience so far was an apprentice challenge in Abu Dhabi back in 2014, but I want to get back there. I need to flesh out my C.V. with Grade 1 wins, which will enable me to break into Singapore or Hong Kong” he says with such conviction that you do not doubt it is going to happen for the upwardly mobile young man.
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