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Kathy’s Just Too Clever

Gutsy win by daughter of Bold Silvano

Singapore bound JP van der Merwe rode a clever race on the super consistent joint topweight Klever Kathy to upstage the odds-on favourite Madame Speaker and win the R110 000 Aloe Handicap at Fairview on Friday.

JP van der Merwe has Klever Kathy in control (Pic – Pauline Herman Photography)

The Champion 2yo Filly of last season, Madame Speaker is a model of consistency herself, but it was JP van der Merwe who made all the difference, tracking the leader Flame Of Fire before grabbing a match winning two lengths at the 300m marker.

Madame Speaker was relaxed just back of midfield for much of the 1300m non black-type contest, but had no answers to Klever Kathy’s burst. Caught flat-footed for a brief moment, Madame Speaker was gaining on the leader, but the post came too soon.

Klever Kathy chalked up her fourth win from 14 starts to take her bank to R298 075and won rather easily by 1,25 lengths in a time 78,12 secs.

Pacesetter Flame Of Fire stayed on well enough for third a further 2,25 lengths away, with Vertical fading late into fourth.

The Gavin Smith-trained winner, a daughter of Gr1 Vodacom Durban July winner Bold Silvano (Silvano), who started his career in PE and raced in the same silks, was bred at Gail Thomson’s Bathurst based Riyo Stud and is out of the Casey Tibbs mare, Bretton Wood.

Bold Silvano, who won from 1100m to 2200m, stands at Ascot Stud for a 2018 fee of R12 000.

Lyle Hewitson registered his first winner as a fully fledged jockey when he steered Malinda home for Yvette Bremner in the second race.

Alan Greeff was the most successful trainer on the day with three winners.

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11 comments on “Kathy’s Just Too Clever

  1. George says:

    Not too good. Greg Cheyne the champion, disgraceful ride. Please post my stuff it is the honest truth!

  2. Jay August says:

    George how is the ride “disgraceful”. Enlighten please? It is far easier to be taken seriously if you expand on what you regard as disgraceful. I see jockey’s being outsmarted all the time in races because they underestimate pace and other runners.

  3. Dean says:

    Just to correct. .. Bold Silvano won from 1200 to 2200. You can’t say he won the July and then make a statement like this it’s just wrong

    1. Editor says:

      Just to correct …Our records show he won from 1100m to 2200m

  4. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Jockey Cheyne is a definite punters favorite at Fvw, definitely mine. It’ll be interesting to know his strike rate in PE. Our Bankers will get beat by others from time to time.

    1. Editor says:

      He is fifth on the national log, Cecil – with 74 winners
      His PE strike rate is near 25% (49 winners from 200 rides) – and all centres 17%.

  5. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Thank You Ed, great stats in my opinion. Greg is one classy Jockey. A few weeks ago he booted home all the PA horses at FVW. Soon he will ride all 4 legs of the Jackpot, my fav Bet in the Windy City. Long gone are the days when visiting horses just had to pitch and win in PE.

  6. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Which 1200 did Bold Silvano win…. I don’t recall a 1200 victory but 2 seconds

  7. Dean says:

    Fair enough but when was the July ran over 2000m??

  8. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hi Ed, pls check on Bold Silvano’s MJP win in PE with Gavin Smith. Was it 1100 or 1200 M ?
    I know he won 4 from 6 in PE, then a CT raid, before joining MdK. We were lucky to watch his July win in 2010 at Greyville. Greg Cheyne ran 4th on a horse at 66•1

  9. Roderick Mattheyse says:


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