The Highveld Hawks defended their title in the New Turf Carriers Rider Cup inter-provincial jockeys’ challenge fought out at Greyville on Sunday.
The Hawks team of Muzi Yeni (captain), Craig Zackey, Ryan Munger and Raymond Danielson (subbed in for the injured Lyle Hewitson) amassed 146 points to the Cape Eagles’ total of 137 and the KwaZulu-Natal Falcons’ 127.
The Victor Laudorum prize for the leading individual jockey went to Aldo Domeyer of the Eagles with 52 points – thanks to two victories in the four-race competition. He claimed the opening contest on 7-2 favourite Show Me Your Rosie and the closing race on Miss Ferris – for owner-trainer Julie Dittmer at 13-1.
Under the competition rules, winning rides collected 20 points for a team, second places 16 points, thirds 14 – on a descending scale over the 12 runners, with last place garnering a single point.
As winning team member Munger said: “It’s a great initiative, with everyone trying really hard – right down to last place.”
The Highveld Hawks only won one of the four races, when Raymond Danielson claimed Race 4 on Silver Cent at 8-1 – winning by 0.50 lengths from Yeni on 18-1 shot March Preview. However, the Highveld riders racked up points with a number of places.
Yeni commented: “I think we were the hungriest team. Joburg is a grind and the guys know how to work hard there. They rode their hearts out today. We didn’t have the best rides, but we ground it out.”
The scoresheet – thanks to Gold Circle:
|INTERPROVINCIAL RIDER CUP – GREYVILLE SUNDAY 22 JULY 2018|
|JOCKEY NAME||RACE 3||RACE 4||RACE 6||RACE 7|
|FM62 14||MR64 14||FM68 19||MDNF 18|
|Keagan De Melo||5||6||20||7||38|
|Brandon Lerena||6||8||2||6||22||KZN Falcons||127|
|Ryan Munger||8||2||12||16||38||Highveld Hawks||146|
|Bernard Fayd’Herbe||4||10||3||8||25||Western Cape Eagles||137|