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Fourie’s Tumble…Then The Treble

Klawervlei stallion's Gr1 - Gr2 success on big day

“I must catch a wake-up.” The words of jockey Richard Fourie who tumbled out of the saddle of the fancied Bunker Hunt at the start of the Politician Stakes – but who would go on to win the next three races – two Gr1’s and a Gr2!

A superb judge and a natural talent rated as a man they’d go to war with by many of his peers, Fourie has the knack, ability and strength to get them home if they’re half good enough.

Richard Fourie steers Doublemint to victory (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

And he’s awake most of the time, as he showed when displaying all of those attributes, getting Sun Met entry Doublemint up to catch the free-striding Kampala Campari in the  shadow of the post in the R400 000 Gr2 Peninsula Handicap.

Aldo Domeyer had Kampala Campari out front from the jump in the 1800 contest and he led Magnificent Seven, Ballad Of The Sea and The Slade.

In the run for home Kampala Campari continued to gallop powerfully and found himself up against the outside rail and not looking like stopping.

Fourie was working on Doublemint, who had been loping along back of midfield  about ten lengths off the pace, and the son of Twice Over (yes, another one!) started picking them off as he got the leader in his sights.

Under a top ride Doublemint found Kampala Campari in the shadow of the past for a last stride win by a neck in a time of 110,86 secs.

Longshot Man About Town plugged away smartly for the R40 000 cheque in third a further 2,25 lengths away, with stayer American Landing improving again in fourth.

Behind the scenes – the Honourable Gillian Foster and John Freeman lead Doublemint in (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

Last year’s winner and favourite Eyes Wide Open, plodded late and could do no better than a 4,55 length sixth. This talented colt, the 2018 Investec Cape Derby winner, is becoming a frustrating horse to follow. Gelding seems the obvious course of action.

A winner of 5 races with 5 places from 12 starts, Doublemint was another winner for Observatory stallion Twice Over, who enjoyed a memorable day, also siring the winner of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

The winner was bred by Alec Foster out of the one-time winner Nepeta (Tale Of The Cat). Doublemint races in the familiar Foster scarlet and gold.


Gr2 Peninsula Handicap (SAf-Gr2)

Kenilworth, South Africa, January 5, R400k, 1800m, turf, good, 1.50.86

1 – DOUBLEMINT (SAF), 55.5, ch c 4, Twice Over (GB) – Nepeta (NZ) by Tale Of The Cat (USA). Owner Mr A N & The Hon Mrs G R Foster; Breeder AN Foster; trainer J Snaith; jockey R Fourie
2 – Kampala Campari (SAF), 58.0, b g 5, Querari (GER) – Kwitizina (SAF) by Captain Al (SAF)
3 – Man About Town (SAF), 52.0, b c 4, Gitano Hernando (GB) – Ethnic Beauty (SAF) by Leopard Strike (SAF)
Margins: 0.20, 2.25, 1.25

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10 comments on “Fourie’s Tumble…Then The Treble

  1. Leonie says:

    I remember Peter sitting with Richard and myself at races one day 13 years ago . And his words where.. See this young man he will be a champion one day ….and Richard just blushed but look at you today young man so proud of you… Keep it up.. ????

  2. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    Yeah Richard…..The moment I heard you were ok I did a straight line jackpot, p3 and wins for the rest of the day ( including the scratchings of course ) …….Well done. Your timing on the treble was immaculate and damn exciting, A true run pace in the QP showed the true quality, Legal will be back. it was sad to see BBC not run as MDK had got him down here so pleased for Soqrat and my exactas. Once again world class rides….. on to MET DAY !!!

  3. Margret Bruce says:

    I am so so proud of Richard, any mother would be

  4. Heinricht says:

    Just a pitty he fell of my banker????I had the bipot and PA straight line R100 each meaning times 100 whatever the PA and Bi Pot paid.Just that 1 race joh I was gutted.Why was he asleep at first?I think with new rules Jocks should get punished for doing these things cause we as punters should always run the loss

  5. Viking says:

    So then it wasn’t your banker – you had seven bankers – I’d love to see your ticket

  6. hilton witz says:

    Why has the thread titled hawwaam the banker today along with my and rods comments regarding green haze and roll of drums merit ratings disappeared?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Hilton…it hasn’t disappeared. In terms of timing, the editorial drops off our home page as it referred to the Sunday meeting.

      The query has been referred to the handicappers

    2. Editor says:

      Official response from the NHA:
      Green Haze actually ran to 101 in the Dingaans, but in terms of the NHA handicapping guidelines a horse cannot be raised more than 3 pounds for finishing 3rd in a Grade 2 race, which is what the Dingaans is. Accordingly, Green Haze was raised from 89 to 92. However, the trainer of a horse may request the higher achieved rating in certain non-handicap races. Mr Soma, trainer of Roll Of Drums, made just such a request and accordingly Roll Of Drums was raised to his achieved 95. However, in view of their performances in yesterday’s race 4 at Turffontein, Roll Of Drums (who was beaten by Green Haze at level weights again) has been dropped to 93, to keep him lower than Green Haze.

  7. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    we must congratulate when they respond with proper answers. It would be nice if they would tell everyone up front about adjustments made at the request of connections

  8. Kay says:

    Heinricht, when will all punters learn that betting comes with a risk you’re taking. Things happen and that’s part of gambling otherwise just don’t gamble.

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