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Striker Gets Prime Met Ride

Delpech rides Cascapedia


Piere Strydom – big ride

It’s not fake news. Piere Strydom will ride Sun Met second favourite Last Winter as Anthony Delpech’s contractual obligations force him to jump ship to Mike de Kock’s late supplementary entry, Cascapedia.

These are the great days of speculation – plenty of fake news – and uncertainty over who will and who won’t in respect of the R5 million Gr1 Sun Met class of 2018.

And it will reach fever pitch in advance of the final field announcement on Monday.

The value in the ante-post market for the Cape flagship will only be available to the astute and lucky for three more days as we head towards the final declaration gate at 11h00 on Monday morning.

This week L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate winner Legal Eagle drifted to as much as 6-1 on word that ‘they’ said he was flat after Saturday’s exertions and giving the Met a miss.

In horseracing circles ‘they’ have a helluva lot to say – especially in times of uncertainty when everybody is looking for something to hold on to and have a dip at a nice price.

Braam Van Huysteen

Braam Van Huyssteen

His new owner Braam van Huyssteen left it in the champion trainer’s hands earlier this week:

“On Saturday, we just enjoyed the moment. We haven’t discussed any plans yet.  Saturday was a real highlight and as far as I’m concerned, Legal Eagle can come and retire on my farm tomorrow, but we’ll leave it to Sean.  If Sean feels we should take a chance in the Met, we’ll do that.”

Veteran trainer Sean Tarry has been round this block a few times – ‘same story, different year’ he chirps after hearing what ‘they’ had to say. He has confirmed that his champion is fine and on track.

Sean Tarry – handles the pressure

When taxed on Tabnews about Legal Eagle’s ‘limitations’ at 2000m, Tarry said: “I’ve got my opinion, other people have theirs and we’re never going to find common ground. But I’d like to have a few more horses who are questionable over the distance with a record like his!”

The fact that Anton Marcus is staying loyal to Legal Eagle is a further plus and let’s face it – if we run the race ten times, the Eagle wins it five times. Surely? That makes his current price very attractive.

.Last Winter – second favourite

Is Premier Trophy runner-up Last Winter overpriced?  The news that Delpech will take up the ride on the Gr3 London News Stakes winner Cascapedia is no surprise at all given his contractual commitments to the owners. It would probably not be fair to ask Delpech what route he would have taken if preference overrode contract.

For Piere Strydom, the late call-up to ride the progressive 4yo Last Winter presents a golden opportunity to notch a second Met winner. He was aboard Angus for Sabine Plattner and Brett Crawford in 2003 and has gone close a few times.

He is the best value for money rider at his age in the country and one of our greats of all time, with milestones of 5000 career winners well behind him.

Strydom won his sixth SA Championship as recent as the 2012/2013 season, his first since the 2000/2001 season

Dean Kannemeyer

Dean Kannemeyer – impressed with Last Winter

He has had a few frustrating Met days. Like in 2015 when he landed up riding three feature second places, as well as a disappointing sixth on Sansui Summer Cup champion, Louis The King in the Met. The pace was the curved ball there. It happens in the fairest Cape!

Dean Kannemeyer, who is yet to win the Met for his own account since taking the reins from his Dad Peter in 1999, said that he accepted Delpech’s move.

“Look contracts have to be honoured. Anthony has gotten to know Last Winter and in a race like the Met we need things to go our way. But Piere Strydom is a man who knows his way around Kenilworth and I couldn’t have hoped for a better sub at this late stage,” he said.

Time to have a bet  still – check the betting here

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4 comments on “Striker Gets Prime Met Ride

  1. Steve Akunor says:

    What an amazing ride by lyle Hewitson on solo hope at Vaal 11.40 am that was awsome

  2. A simple twist of fate……….now we wait with bated breath! May the best man and his horse win .????????????

  3. Ernest says:

    “How can we Forget” Sporting post 27th Jan 2014 !! The greatest finish in the history of the race.Imperious Sue ,Delpech wins by a nose,on the mare.Strydom 2nd on North By Northwest.What a race that was,The two , now senior jockeys,maybe fighting out the finish again in this years Met. Both men still the legends, and gentlemen they are. Both friends and sporting professionals,still an example of what the Jockey Academy from those years ago,instllled in the young apprentices of that era.Now,exactly 20 years to the day,”They meet again”. I hope it ends up a dead heat this year,or maybe its the ladies turn to win again.!Whatever the result,thanks to you two men,for keeping the sport of kings, exciting. Cant wait for the day!!

  4. Nic14 says:

    Last Winter has amazing action…but we all know how tough Kenilworth racetrack can be? Does Striker have it in him to give the 4 y/o that extra edge? I question that nowadays on some of Strikers rides at this track…

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