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Abashiri – 2 Draw Worries Striker

Things going well for top jockey

It is amazing how life changes when you start doing well. I’ve had a couple of winners but it has a lot to do about getting the right ride at the right time.

Pomodoro won the July in 2012 – owner Chris van Niekerk hugs Piere Strydom

Multiple Champion jockey Piere Strydom, who has won the Vodacom Durban July twice in the past six years, writes on Tabnews that often he will phone for the ride he thinks is the best in a race and gets turned down.

He continues . . . 

I then call for my second choice, then third and fourth and get rejected on all of them.

I go down to my fifth selection, and get the ride. To my dismay, I find my horse priced up favourite.

Now the trainer expects the horse to win because he tops the bookmakers’ boards and he in turn has to tell his owner the horse can win. So after the race when we haven’t won, nobody is happy and the first person who gets the blame is the jockey.

So the next time when the horse runs against weaker opposition, because of all the disappointment I don’t get the ride back.

The Conglomerate – Striker’s 2016 July winner

If you keep taking rides at the wrong time you basically shoot yourself in the foot. As a jockey you have to earn a living and you hope that overall you’ll come out on top. Otherwise I would be watching from the grandstand and might as well turn up the game.

At the moment there are a number of top jockeys injured so I am able to get some of their rides.

I am still getting support at times from the smaller yards but the big change is that the Azzie yard is using me on a more regular basis, Paul Peter is putting me on more of his better horses and now, as Randall Simons has moved to the Mike de Kock yard, I’m getting more rides from Alec Laird.

Alec Laird – supporting Striker

So hopefully now my form will continue.

When I broke my collarbone two years ago I came back strongly to win the July and hopefully it is a good omen for this year.

The runners and draws for this year’s race have been revealed.

It’s a rare occurrence for me to cry when I end up with No 2 draw but because Abashiri is not a good starter and as it is a big field, there is chance it can get so bunched up that I’m definitely not going to be able to place him where I would like him to be.

I galloped Abashiri last week and even though he is not the fastest of horses, it was a pleasing gallop but what is good is that he is in a very happy mental state.

We will be going through the final field this week but my early fancies are African Night Sky and White River and both have attracted betting support.


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9 comments on “Abashiri – 2 Draw Worries Striker

  1. Ronny Nijimbere says:

    Am I the only one who is always pleased when Mr Pierre Strydom expresses his concerns when it comes to feature races? Because 8 of 10 he does Well (For me at least)…. Let’s go #ABASHIRI

  2. Seedated says:

    Big chance considering he’s one of only a few grade 1 winners in the race.. And not carrying top weight.. Lets go #ABASHIRI

  3. master says:

    We all look for transparency when it comes to trainer and jockey comments…..
    So in the Computaform “Post Draw comments from Durban July trainers” (its in print…after the Draws took place)…

    Mike Azzie “I was not happy to be on the rostrum last year, but I’m very happy this year with No. 2 draw. Abashiri is in a good space right now”

    …and now Pierre says he is not happy with Draw 2.


  4. Charm says:

    he will melt them down

  5. Charm Naidoo says:

    finish them STRIKER

  6. James George says:

    Abashiri ran in the Vodacom July in 2016 and finished 13th.It was drawn 2.So was it the draw or the injury?

  7. Saddam says:

    Abashiri in my eyes has the best jockey on board,he can win from any draw,go striker we will be screaming u home.

  8. charm says:

    im scared of Yakeen

  9. Ben says:

    there’s only one striker.

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