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‘My Son Is Ready For Bigger Things’ – Fortune

Cape champion shows his skills at Vaal

Cape champion jockey Aldo Domeyer made the trip up to the Vaal on Thursday and came away with a top-class double for his Stepmother Ashley.

His former champion jockey Dad Andrew Fortune is thrilled with the way in which his good son has matured as a rider.

“He won on Horace from a 12 draw. He made it look more like a 2 draw. I actually had to check my Sporting Post to make sure about the gates! He has just come on leaps and bounds. I will go so far as to suggest that he is a more accomplished rider than a top jockey like Gavin Lerena. I just wish he’d move up to Gauteng – he could win the national championship,” said the proud former champion jockey.

Andrew Fortune seen with his Met winning son, Aldo Domeyer (Hamish Niven Photography)

Fortune said that Aldo’s consistency was the key to his success.

“He is a polished and talented horseman. He has the attitude, mindset and balance. Most of all he approaches it professionally. He doesn’t just turn up and box in the dark. I can see he sits with the Sporting Post and strategises and thinks out his races days in advance. I believe that, if the call came, he could go and hold his own and do really well in a place like Hong Kong.”

Aldo made the perfect debut at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore last September when he won the Victor Ludorum trophy at the Premier Gateway International Jockeys Challenge.

We asked Andrew if Aldo could go on to be even better than him.

“That’s a scary thought. But nothing would make me happier and prouder. Great jockeys are not born every day, you know!” laughed the legend they called ‘The Candyman’.

Ashley and Andrew Fortune – sending out the winners from the Vaal

Aldo’s main mission in travelling to the Vaal this week was to work the Ashley Fortune 2yo string and provide the boss with a progress report on what looks to be an impressive string of youngsters.

The first leg of his winning double was on the Mayesh Chetty bred De La Cruz who showed a smart turn of foot when kicking away from his rivals to score a first out win by 1.75 lengths, when landing a maiden juvenile plate over 1000m. The race was a triumph for the Fortune team with their Twice Over first-timer Invidia – who looks bred for more – completing the exacta.

Interestingly, De La Cruz is a third winner for his multiple Gr1 winning sire, Wylie Hall..

Aldo’s double was rounded off by the progressive Fort Wood gelding Horace who registered a second career victory when winning the seventh from the widest draw.

The Cape jockey has ridden 69 winners with a strike rate of 20%.

Last season his win strike-rate for the Ash Fortune yard was 54%!

Aldo rides at Durbanville on Saturday  where he has seven engagements.

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9 comments on “‘My Son Is Ready For Bigger Things’ – Fortune

  1. Hogan Govindsamy says:

    I wish that Ashley,Andrew and Aldo grow and go from strength to strength.The triple ‘A’ team.All the best guys – Andrew is sorely missed in the ranks for his talent and humour – his post race interviews was something to look forward to and caused a stir in some racing quarters still hung up on old fashioned etiquette.I have always rated Aldo highly ,he has a riding style and balance similar to Delpech.I am sure with his genes and getting a few pointers from his dad coupled with his own determination and excellent riding skills ,he will be crowned national champion jockey sooner than later.Ashley is on her way too – I am glad to see the stable still going strong and know that that first grade 1 of which there will be many is just around the corner.All the best guys and may your success long continue.

  2. Cader says:

    All the best to Aldo. The best is yet to come with hard work, dedication and remember always stay humble.

  3. Loraine Karam says:

    Well done to all the Fortunes, you all deserve this….. Loraine Karam

  4. Dare says:

    Gavin Lerena in a class of his own..How can Andrew make a statement saying Aldo is better than Gavin…Joke… Gavin and Richard Fourie are the two best at the moment…,

  5. Preston says:

    Tex Lerena, Andrew Fortune was excellent jockeys and their genes have passed on to their kids only to be strengthened even further once Gavin Lerena and Aldo kids becomes jockeys. I personally can not wait for Anthony Delpech and Anton Marcus kids to bless us with their presence. Hopefully God will keep me alive to see that momentous occasion.

  6. Rocky Naidoo says:

    All the best to the Fortunes! May you grow from strength to glory. Well do done

  7. Andrew fortune says:

    Aldo is not better than Gavin -Dare his much better- u stick to what u good at

  8. Andrew says:

    Dare , Gavin still better than Aldo ? Thy were never in the same class, stick to what u know and is not racing

  9. Loraine Karam says:

    Come on guys Aldo and Gavin are both great jockeys……..they both inherent those GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! genes, and abilities….Good luck to them all.

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