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No Stopping Majmu!

Australian bred flyer underlines her trainer's confidence - watch the race on the clip in story

Majmu wins the L Jaffee Empress Club Stakes

The magic of Majmu! Anthony Delpech salutes in triumph as the daughter of Redoute’s Choice wins a cracker (JC Photos)

Trumped by champion international trainer Mike De Kock as the best filly he has trained, the outstanding Majmu silenced her critics with a scintillating second career Gr1 victory when clinching honours in a dramatic R1 million Laurie Jaffee Empress Club Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday.

In a disappointing incident at the start, and a major blow for the supporters and connections of Majmu’s major opponent, the starting gate appeared to bounce back and hamper KZN visitor Same Jurisdiction.

Jockey Piere Strydom can clearly be seen glancing to the inside at the Starter a few strides into the race, no doubt appealing for a false start call in his own mind. His mount was declared a non-runner by the Stipes, resulting in major deductions in winning bets and refunds on tote bets.

While we will never know how much the gate impediment cost Same Jurisdiction, nothing could take the gloss off an outstanding performance by Majmu, a magnificent daughter of Redoute’s Choice, who who was having her first start in 18 weeks since her Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas win during her brief Cape summer campaign.

The race was run at a good clip with Majmu five lengths off the pace in fourth, as Tamaanee led Smart Call and Banbury. Same Jurisdiction looked relaxed after the start incident, about ten lengths off and a few from the rear.

Anthony Delpech  -  good day at the office

Anthony Delpech – good day at the office

The order remain unchanged into the home run and at the 400m marker Delpech gave Majmu the office and she lengthened her stride.

Same Jurisdiction made her move at the same moment from two lengths behind Majmu and became tight between Not Sulking and Trophy Wife. But she had little to come and ran out of the money – only to be tagged a non-runner by the Stipes.

But at the 300m, the magnificent Majmu was out in the open and she drew clear to win by 3 lengths in a time of 97,50 secs as her regular rider saluted victoriously at the post.

It was a third winner for Delpech and De Kock on the day.

The perennial bridesmad Trophy Wife ran on best for second from many lengths back, ahead of her vastly improved stablemate Tamaanee, with Cape visitor Hammie’s Hooker holding fourth after briefly looking dangerous down the inside rail.

Majmu has now won 6 of her 7 starts with 1 place for gross stakes of R1 895 000.

The grey was bred in Australia by Arrowfield Stud and was purchased at the 2013 Inglis Australia Easter Yearling Sale for $300 000 by Shadwell Stud.

She is the second foal of South American Group 1 winner Spontaneous.

She obviously wasn’t at her peak today and De Kock is on record as saying she is good enough to win a Gr1 overseas. So anything could be next.

The world really is Majmu’s oyster right now!


Gr1 Empress Club Stakes  (SAf-Gr1)

Turffontein, South Africa, April 11, R1 million, 1600m, turf, good, 1.37.05

1 – MAJMU (AUS), 57.5, gr f 3, Redoute’s Choice (AUS) – Spontaneous (CHI) by Hussonet (USA). Owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum; Breeder bred in Australia; trainer MF de Kock; jockey A Delpech
2 – Trophy Wife (SAF), 57.5, b f 3, Tiger Ridge (USA) – My Squeeza (SAF) by Goldmark (SAF)
3 – Tamaanee (AUS), 57.5, b f 3, Teofilo (IRE) – Cangino (AUS) by Perugino (USA)
Margins: 3.00, 0.50, 0.75


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6 comments on “No Stopping Majmu!

  1. Alanlewis says:

    A lovely win. Interesting to see if the G1 prediction comes to fruition in a major domain?

  2. Larry Vermaak says:

    with same jurisdiction taking a right hook to the jaw and feeling dazed in the race it was impossible to gauge where our horse is compared to the mighty majmu. This was very disappointing to us owners and the public at large.Lets turn the the tables and imagine if this incident happened to Majmu all hell would have broken loose. Phumalela hang your heads in shame.

    1. Editor says:


      Interesting point.

      There was talk of an enquiry into the starting gate malfunctioning on a few occasions on the day.

      We can find no mention of this in the Stipes report – surely a relatively catastrophic event (it happened twice) with fancied horses on the day should elicit a formal enquiry for the sake of transparency – both by the NHA and Phumelela?

      Some excerpts from the Stipes Reports on the day:

      The start of this race was reviewed and it was established that TRIP TEASE (P Strydom) lunged forward once its hood had been removed shortly before the start was effected. After the gates had opened, the left front gate of stall number 2 bounced back, impeding TRIP TEASE momentarily. The Board, after considering this, took no further action.

      The Stewards called a race review into the start of PIVOTAL PURSUIT (J Geroudis) in stall gate number 14 and established that this gelding had reared shortly before the start was effected and was on its hind legs as the gates opened. The handler allocated to PIVOTAL PURSUIT failed to release this gelding’s head timeously. The Board, acting in terms of Rule, declared PIVOTAL PURSUIT to be a non-runner.

      The Board reviewed the start of this race and established that the handler allocated to SAME JURISDICTION (P Strydom) had been slow to release this filly’s head as the gates opened and that the left front gate bounced back and struck SAME JURISDICTION on the head and she had been impeded as a result. The Board, acting in terms of Rule, declared SAME JURISDICTION a non-runner

      1. Steve Reid says:

        I don’t believe that any finger of blame can be pointed in Phumelela’s direction as the starter and starting stalls fall directly under the jurisdiction of the NHA. The question about maintenance of the stalls should be asked and here it is without doubt not being maintained by the NHA. I am told that Phumelela are responsible for the maintenance of these stalls. So who do we blame? A poor workman blames his tools as they say in the classics, and the NHA should divorce themselves of Phumelela in areas where they have responsibility. They are supposed to be independent of the operators. At this years NHA AGM, it was highlighted and conceded that Phumelela prepare the NHA financials. Phumelela also facilitate payments of NHA expenses in certain areas and these are obviously offset with lessor payments due to the “regulator” to balance the amounts owing. These actions are hardly those of an independent regulator and definitely questionable in terms of proper Corporate Governance. No wonder I and many others have the view that the tail is wagging the dog.

  3. Louis Goosen says:

    The Gauteng starting stalls are very old and urgently require proper maintenance. The rubber suction caps are not “sealing” as the gates open and the gate then bounces back into the horse’s face as the horse jumps. Just in our small yard we alone have incurred the effects of two of these incidents of late. The first was Seventh Symphony and the second was Trip Tease.

    The problem is that the horse is innocent and that it is quite simple to understand that the horse will become very nervous and reluctant to go in next time out.

    Just as important is the fact that the stalls have developed a lot of free play or looseness as such on their pivot points. This results in the gates crashing open, metal on metal. This is a very loud, abnormal noise right at the head/ears of the horse. Nervous horses become extremely highly strung when they anticipate this noise.

    This is why you will notice many first timers being ok first time out, but suddenly becoming very fractious next time out or third time out. They are very scared of the noise, which they anticipate as they get to the stalls or begin entering the stalls. This makes starts a nightmare for the Starter, handlers and jockeys.

    What we have also found is that the more often you jump your horses at home, the more time you put into schooling by jumping, the more fractious the horses become. There is no doubt that the stalls urgently require work as they are upsetting horses.

    Simply buying new stalls is probably not the answer. The rand dollar exchange rate refers in particular. The solution lies in putting serious time into silencing the stalls and into the rubber cups. It is quite a simple job, actually, for the mechanically minded types. The stalls themselves are still in very good structural condition.

    As for responsibility to maintain the stalls, that lies with the Operators , not with nhra. I have been told that Phumelela are working on the stalls and are upgrading them as we write. This will not be a quick fix, it is a process. The bottom line is that they are working on the issue.
    Lets give them a month or so and see the results. I think that it will be sorted out.

    1. Editor says:

      Thank you for the informative feedback Louis. The question begs – why aren’t Phumelela communicating this type of positive action?

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