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Bitter Sweet Candyman!

What was he thinking?

Andrew Fortune (photo: Coastal Photos)Andrew Fortune – brilliant, but… (photo:  Coastal Photos)

Andrew Fortune may possibly have dealt any hopes of a second jockey’s title a mortal blow after his antics in the fourth at Turffontein on Saturday.

Nine winners behind Greg Cheyne and seven behind Gavin Lerena with nearly half the season ahead, Fortune has been prepared to tour the country in search of winners this term and his prospects of a second title were promising.

But although a supremely talented horseman, Fortune is never far from controversy, and he was at it again on Saturday. Riding Bay Style for Gary Alexander, Fortune injudiciously waved his whip in the face of third-placed Lerena-ridden Flipflash which had social media in a tizz.

From the couch and watching numerous re-plays, the damage done to Flipflash was marginal if having any effect at all as the only blow landed appeared to be on the sheepskin noseband of Flipflash who never faulted.

National Horseracing AuthorityThe stipendiary stewards immediately called a race review followed by an objection which was not a surprise given the incident – the grounds being intimidation in the closing stages.  That it was over ruled was also not a surprise given that the incident happened a few jumps from the line and Flipflash would never have got to Bay Style in any case.

But there is often a fine line between race-riding and winning at all costs.

Racing alone up the inside fence, Fortune deliberately let his mount drift across to join Flipflash and favourite Handsome Henry. A perfectly legitimate move given that a horse generally tends to try just a little harder when racing with company.

What happened next is what got many people’s gander up.

Bay Style was roughly half-a-length clear when joining Flipflash and under a soft left-handed stick. However, Fortune’s flailings changed from down the neck to ‘stirring the porridge’ with Flipflash catching one on the noseband.

Just how this incident is viewed by the authorities will be interesting in its self.

Read more here about the official NHA reaction

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5 comments on “Bitter Sweet Candyman!”

  1. Why would mr fortune want to waste valuable ground by letting bay style hang to the left?he also had the whip in his left hand trying to make sure the horse wouldnt hang to the left so the author of this article for my mind has read this all wrong as if he keeps bay style straight he wins by a very comfortable margin

  2. Andy did not and could not stop Bay Style hanging to the left. Gavin was moving up and Andy knew that if his mount continued to hang, it would interfere with Gavin’s horse and the eventuality would have been a good objection for interference which would have been upheld. The quick thinking of Andy to intimate Gavin and his horse prevented the eventual interference. Big bets were placed on Bay Style shortly before the race. Andy took a win at all costs approach and succeeded. He should get a holiday but does he really care when he sealed the deal. Andy is not only a top draw thinker, he is a top class jockey.

  3. Amazing dramatization of the race …any idea who the choreographer was in this remarkably well rehearsed cloak and dagger drama…pity the show lasted for only 6 strides…but well done to all participants, as, according to the version of events in the article, this must have taken months of rehearsal to perfect…to me it looked like completely unavoidable and I saw nothing untoward at all, much along the same lines as Peter D….silly silly us..

  4. Well said George, and love your choice of phrase. This industry is all about the ‘suits’, and banality in their quest to be noticed. Hence my attendance at Bingo evenings.

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