Ridgemont-Highlands multiple East Cape Champion jockey Gregory Michael Cheyne is the newest addition to the honours list of South African riders to have ridden the jackpot.
The Pretoria-born Cheyne, who turns 43 on 10 June, banged home the four consecutive exotic bet winners on the Fairview all-weather track on Friday. He was quoted saying that he could not recall having won the Jackpot previously.
Three of the winners in Ice Mint, Epic Storm and Voices Of Light were for his regular stable Alan Greeff, while the second leg was won by the Jacques Strydom-trained Ideal World mare, Onesie, who showed her recent Glenlair Trophy success under sufferance was no fluke.
The Jackpot, with numbers 7-2-2-4, paid a handsome R419-90 for R1.
Cheyne joined the SA Jockey Academy in 1991 with the late Alec Forbes and Paul Devlin.
He has ridden internationally in Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Germany, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau with some success.
Cheyne’s biggest career victory was in the 2009 Vodacom Durban July on the ill-fated Big City Life for Glen Kotzen.
The Cape-based rider has ridden 123 winners at a strike rate marginally under 18% this term.
He is in fifth position on the national log and is at 330-1 with Hollywood to lift the SA title – see more here