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Delpech Is Victor Ludorum

Avontuur sponsored jockey bounces back

International Jockeys Challenge Leg 2

Despite a tough first leg, Avontuur sponsored Anthony Delpech came back strongly in the second leg of the International Jockeys’ Challenge at Turffontein on Saturday, to take the top riding honours for the competition.

The six man South African team captained by last season’s Champion  Jockey, Gavin Lerena, has once again won the challenge, the opening leg of which was held this past Friday at Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth.

Other members of the triumphant local team included Piere Strydom,  S’manga ‘Bling’ Khumalo, Greg Cheyne and Anton Marcus.

S’manga Khumalo was injured in a shocking accident before the first race, and was stood down.

‘Bling’, as the popular rider is known, was reportedly in a stable condition after injuring his coccyx when thrown from first-timer, Greatfiveeight

Khumalo, who was reported from various sources, to be in a ‘stable’ condition, was replaced by Muzi Yeni.


Hayley Turner

Hayley Turner

The International team was captained by Hayley Turner, and included Pat Cosgrave (Ireland), Robert Havlin (Scotland), Eduardo Pedroza (Panama), Francisco Franco da Silva (Brazil) and Aurelien Lemaitre (France).

The now officially retired Turner brought the crowd to its feet when in a thrilling finish she got her mount Dream Galaxy’s nose down on the line, to beat Greg Cheyne in a driving ride to win the eighth race by the proverbial whisker.

The jockeys rode in four races at each of the two events with South Africa achieving 453 points compared to the International Team’s 368 points over the two days.

In the last eight years of this prestigious event, South Africa has won six times.

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5 comments on “Delpech Is Victor Ludorum

  1. Ashleigh says:

    So Hayley beat the boys fair and square in Race 8 today, on the top weighted horse in the race. Hey AP, what do you think about that??

    1. Editor says:

      Rub it in Ashleigh

      1. digby says:

        Well I was firmly in the AP camp but wow what a ride. Chick out gunned the boys in a real driving finish and she got stuck into dream Galaxy at least 400 m out. And the stick work. Must have been a drum majorette in her youth. Cheyne won’t live that down in a hurry but that ride would have done piggott. Fabulous.

    2. Hayley says:

      and a girl jockey won the Melbourne cup 🙂

  2. Preston says:

    I love the manner in which Harley Turner was playing with the whip during the sustained drive to the finish. She reminded me of those Stylish West Indies Cricket Players during the 80’s and 90’s. Excellent ride. It was an excellent day and well done to Larry and his team.

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