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‘Poor Ride’- Adam Azzie

Odds-on favourite runs downfield

Francis SemelaFrancis Semela – rode a poor race in trainer’s opinion

Trainer Adam Azzie has told journalist Andrew Bon that Equus Award-winning workrider Francis Semela has to take responsibility for a poor ride on the odds-on favourite Tapenzee in the Vaal opener on Thursday.

“Everything we told him not to do, he did do. We as trainers have to answer to owners. Punters answer to their pockets,” said Azzie.

Francis Semela is one of the most experienced workriders in the country. We were unable to obtain a comment from him. The horse finished over 10 lengths off the winner in a Bipot blowout.

Watch the interview and the re-run below and feel free to have your say via our comments facility:

The Stipes reported:

An inquiry will be opened into Workrider F Semela’s ride on TAPENZEE.

In view of the performance from TAPENZEE (+F Semela) (10.25 lengths, betting 7/10), the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine this gelding.



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10 comments on “‘Poor Ride’- Adam Azzie”

  1. This is just one of the more badly executed coups on punters in the early season industry fest. Easy way out to blame the workrider, he is only one part of the team who made this happen.

    1. 100% correct. Before big races u suddenly c a lot of carry forward pick sixes and not only in 1 centre all around the country. They never blame top jocks for shxxx riding

  2. Hell it was funny. I never bet on workriders races. Anything can happen and usually does and I think to have money on the race detracts from the reason behind holding the event in the first place. Losing a bet in any race can become personal and jockey’s would be shattered to hear the names I’ve called them over decades of racing.
    I didn’t know who was riding as I tuned in late but heck it was funny. It looked as if my 3 year old nephew was aboard
    One up for the horse!

    1. Some comments are unfair to the work riders.The horses that take part in most Work Riders meetings are mostly low merit rated horses.But the results most times are still in line with the betting.
      Strange when the pros ride in the 68/65 merit rated races( usually last race of the day) and a 40/1 wins and the hot favourite does not place no one says, do not include these races in the exotics

  3. You have to be blind to not see that the work rider on the favourite was not trying.
    If you are not convinced after that race to stay away from work rider races, you must enjoy racing more than your hard earned money.
    Although Adam Azzie did not say that the horse was pulled, anyone listening to the interview can read between the lines.
    These types of antics pushes us away from racing.
    There was a R500 000 carry at Turffontein on Saturday and the pool was under R2000 000 with the carry over. It is the sign of the times. Look at the National 2 year old sales. Then look at the NHRA. The less said about them the better.

    Workriders race about once a month. If they find the work rider guilty in reality he will suffer no punishment because they cant suspend him from riding on a race by race basis. They can only suspend him for a few says or a few weeks and that will mean he will be able to ride in the next work riders race. If they suspend him from riding in the next one or two or three work riders races, they will then be opening the door to doing the same to jockeys which they know they cannot do. Work riders are never fined much because they are work riders. The system employed fails racing.

  4. I AGREE WITH PMB. I’M NOT A JOCKEY, BUT CLEARLY THE HORSE WAS RUNNING AROUND. ONE CANNOT BLAME THE JOCKEY FOR THAT. LOOK AT THE HEAD ON REPLAY. FROM THE START OF THE RACE, THE HORSE WAS PULLING, (HEAD TO ONE SIDE), GREEN AROUND THE BEND. SO I DON’T SEE HOW THE JOCKEY WAS TO BE BLAMED FOR THAT.

    “An inquiry will be opened into Workrider F Semela’s ride on TAPENZEE.”

    Do the Stipes do this when a professional jockey rides a 7/10 off the board?

  5. Nico Pal that’s the only way the poor horse could run when the Jock has his feet on the dashboard and a half Nelson on the reigns.

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