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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

ICraig Zackey

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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