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The One That Got Away?

Dromedaris goes all the way - and more!

Northern Cape Champion Muzi Yeni’s innovative ride from the front to win the Turffontein second race on Saturday on the Robbie Sage trained Dromedaris has received some mixed reaction from observers – including to the detriment of the other five riders in the 2400m handicap.

Robbie Sage – saddled the runaway winner

The Northern Cape champion, Yeni had Dromedaris out and galloping and the 8-1 son of Global One was never headed to win by 8,25 lengths in a time of 152.03 secs.

Odd Robb plodded into second with the 2-1 favourite Walter Smoothie beaten 12 lengths out of the quartet.

Commentator Alistair Cohen said in the closing stages – ‘Just when you thought you’d seen it all!’

Pre-race tactical plans often don’t work out for a variety of reasons.

Take the fancied Vomandla in the Kenilworth second race on Saturday.

The daughter of Sail From Seattle came from way off the pace on debut to get beaten narrowly.

On Saturday she was up with the gallop. That could be experience and awareness from his first start – but she simply failed to kick in the same fashion as she did on her debut.

A few points put to the Sporting Post by various readers on Saturday afternoon:

  • Dromedaris was allowed to dictate matters seemingly at his will, and it was only when he was 75m in front halfway down the straight that any of his opposition appeared to be concerned.
  • Dromedaris was apparently the highest traded horse on Interbet
  • The favourite Walter Smoothie, not well in but an improving sort, won his last start (beating SA Champion Stayer Hermoso Mundo) from gun to tape. There was no effort to get him to lead on Saturday.
  • Walter Smoothie’s rider Marco van Rensburg declared in a  pre-race interview that he was under strict instructions to ride his horse differently today.
  • The opposition jockeys included a greenhorn 2,5kg claimer and champion jockey with 30 years experience.
  • .The Stipes are surely obliged to open an inquiry into this race and consider charges of unprofessional riding.

What are your thoughts?


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4 comments on “The One That Got Away?

  1. Space Invader says:

    Put aside conspiracies. All horses were trying. Muzi Yeni is known for his liking of front running tactics. The horse was carrying a low weight It was a small field. Anyone watching the race would have thought it was diabolical. The race riders are to blame. No one else. They were out manoeuvred by Mezi Yeni’s tactics. Yeni is known to be a masterful front running tactician. Duncan Howells confirmed this on Tellytrack about a year ago when he said that he hoped Yeni would give his horse a chance by not going to the front as he usually does and by allowing the horse to be handy. These little tidbits always help. Look at the race. A small field. Yeni’s mount carried 52kgs. There were 2 apprentices. These applies usually are not given much discretion by a trainer. They usually ride to strict instructions. They do not want the Acadamy Master to blast them or for a trainer to get irritated. They need rides and need to follow instructions. They hardly run long distance races and fully fledged jockeys are in a better position to judge the pace than them. Through the talk in the jockey room, Yeni would have known that Walter Smoothie’s tactics would have changed and that means no front running tactics. Walter Smoothie was not well weighted. Yeni out played and out ran the rest of the field. He deserves praise. He took a risk and it paid off. The other jockeys reminded me of a troop of ants. Their only purpose was to finish the task ahead of them. No ability or will to change tactics.

  2. Brian says:

    As a non punter but an avid racing fan it appears Mr Yeni is on a mission for the championship this year. He’s certainly riding like one and I wish him all the very best if he is endeavouring to do so.

    He simply gave them a lesson on how to win if you really want to and put your mid to it.

  3. Anthony says:

    There are a hand full of the top flight jockeys left as the majority of them are out, due to injury, or on leave. My query is that if Walter won so easily last time out running a certain way, why would they change his style of running and give the boy “strict instructions”? Surely the other jockeys were counting their fractions??

    1. Editor says:

      From Stipes report: An inquiry will be opened into the running of Race 2 regarding Apprentices L J Ferraris (COOL CHARDONNAY), *M Mjoka (ARTE), Jockeys C Maujean (PAGODA), M van Rensburg (WALTER SMOOTHIE), M Khan (ODD ROB) and M Yeni (DROMEDARIS).

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