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Orpheus – Inquiry Concluded

Jockeys explanations accepted

Jockey Marco van Rensburg and the Azzie-trained Orpheus will step out in the Gr2 WSB 1900 this Saturday to attempt their runaway end-to-end and course record setting victory of the Listed Sledgehammer on 28 April 2019.

Orpheus storms clear under Van Rensburg 9Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

An inquiry was held into the Sledgehammer and various of the jockeys involved were questioned.

The NHA have reported as follows:

Following the running of the above race the Stipendiary Board reviewed this race and questioned the riders leading the field regarding the instructions for and the tactics adopted for the said race.

This was in reference to the winner ORPHEUS establishing a big lead in the early stages and maintaining it throughout to win by 6 ¾ lengths which was way under course record time.

Jockey A Marcus (EYES WIDE OPEN) (placed 4th) explained that after getting in to a position leading the main group he was happy with the decent even pace set.

This was due to the fact that his mount was carrying top weight of 61.5kgs. Jockey Marcus was further of the view that the pace set by Jockey van Rensburg on ORPHEUS was too fast and was not sustainable. With that in mind he was of the view that he was travelling as well as his mount was able to and to have chased his mount would have been detrimental to its chances. His mount was one paced in the latter stages and had tired slightly to finish 4th.

Jockey G Lerena (DOOSRA) (placed 5th) explained that he was comfortable with the early pace and the fact that he had raced alongside the favourite whom he considered to be the danger. DOOSRA was attempting the 1800 metres for the first time and was a horse that had to be held together for as long as possible. He was of the view that to have chased the leader with this type of horse would have been detrimental to his chances.

The Board was satisfied that 2nd placed ROY’S HAD ENOUGH racing midfield along the inside running rail had no chance to improve his position on the bend.

OUR COYS (AUS) placed 3rd improved around the field on the latter part of the bend.

The Board having considered the evidence given by the riders, the winning distance as well as that the 2nd placed runner (beaten 6 ¾ lengths) was only marginally outside course record time, accepted the explanations of the riders.

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6 comments on “Orpheus – Inquiry Concluded

  1. Ian Jayes says:

    The old saying a length at the start is a length at the finish is very true. If a horse gets a break on the field and does not stop it is impossible to catch. What did the segmental timing show?

    1. Editor says:

      There is no sectional timing in KZN

  2. Brian says:

    So, now we know. The rest of the field was and is quite simply, KAK!!!

  3. Ishaan says:

    Anyone that can read between the lines will be able to work out that except for the winning jock, the rest were negligent. The winning distance shows that whatever the jocks thought about the pace of the race, they were about 6.5 lengths wrong.

    I do not care what the stripes have found. They usually follow the easiest path. Most objective punters could see that the winning jock outwitted the rest and by doing so he showed us how poor their judgment was.

    This was a graded race and the winning margin was an absolute disgrace. Orpheus is not Hawaam and went off at odds of 8/1 and not 3/5 like Hawaam.

    Other than the winning jock every other jock did not deserve to receive their riding fees and should have been fined for their poor riding. These jockeys forget or do not care that hard earned wages are being gambled and they are expected to ride as professionals without any negligence.

    1. karel says:

      Let’s see what happens at his next appearance.

  4. William Milkovitch says:

    Ishaan, your comments shouldn’t be brushed aside just because the Inquiry is complete and differs to how you saw it.

    Jockeys and Inquiry Board, how many of the runners that faced here were being prepared for other targets ?

    Herein, lays the BIG problem for punters and we all know, contrary to all connections comments on TV (trainers/owners& betting operators) punters come last.

    We always have to hear, how without the punters, there’s no game.

    Aren’t too many races been used for schooling/getting fitter/a new experience/first time @ the track ?

    Roy Had Enough – First run back since Christmas Hndcp

    Our Coys – Hanging in on the bend, low weight, started 13/1. (All clear for me)

    Eyes Wide Open – Comeback run from the Met – getting ready for WORLD SPORTS BETTING 1900

    Doosra – First time at this distance. Preparation run for WORLD SPORTS BETTING 1900

    Gimme One Night – First run back from Western Cape Stayers in Jan19. Looking for much more but a warm-up run for another staying race down the line.

    Wealthy – 16/1 to win. Lost 1 length at start. Could this horse have taken a chance and be ridden much more aggressively Mr Drier ? Just asking.

    Top Classman – Low weight, not distance suited. Surely this horse could have had a go from the front or was he been warmed-up for another day ?

    Shenanigans – Lost a length at start & not striding out – Excused.

    Silva’s Bullet – I’m not sure how to sum up this horses tactics on the day. Could this horse with 55.5 not have been ridden more aggressively Mr de Melo and Mr Kannemeyer ? In addition Mr Kannemeyer, was your jockey bound by a pre-race strategy? This horse is a Silvano, on average he should have less of a concern about staying 1800 than, let’s say, Doosra.

    My broad contention is that the trainers should be alerted by Stipes to warm their horses up at home, in the light of only one horse having a proper go at winning.

    They’ll be coming round the mountain when they come
    They’ll be coming round the mountain when they come
    They’ll be driving six white horses when they comes
    They’ll will have to sleep with Grandma when they comes

    la la laaaa

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