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All In The Family!

Royal Air Force gelding outstays rivals

In a festive family affair, the 50-1 Dharma stormed home at Kenilworth on Saturday to score the biggest upset in recent memory in the R250 000 Gr3 Winter Derby.

The son of retired stallion Royal Air Force, who was trained by Geoff Woodruff, is trained out of Milnerton by Geoff’s daughter Lucinda, which added a further domestic angle – the winner being owned and bred by Terry and Annabel Andrews, and ridden by their jockey son, Anthony.

Anthony Andrews salutes as Dharma causes the upset ahead of Richard Fourie and Nexus (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

But all of the family angles and celebrations in the world would not have helped the form students as the MR 71 rated gelding relished the step up in trip to comprehensively outstay his higher regarded rivals – including the Snaith’s smart Nexus (88) and the favourite, Majestic Mozart (102), as well as the disappointing pacesetter Herodotus (101), who finished over 12 lengths back.

In the absence of the Winter Series stars One World and Vardy, the race always had an open look about it – but paying close on R40 a win on the tote, few saw Dharma coming!

Anthony Andrews had the gelding relaxed in midfield as Herodotus showed the way to Line Editor and Anse Lazio.

Happy families! (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

In the run for home, East Cape Derby winner St Vladimir appeared to go wrong and faded out as Nexus burst clear under Richard Fourie and looked a winner.

But Andrews appeared to still have plenty under him and he got to work on Dharma who finished powerfully to draw alongside Nexus at the 100m marker.

Majestic Mozart was switched out off the rail and found himself with nowhere to go as any gap between Nexus and Dharma disappeared. Fayd’herbe checked Majestic Mozart, but he already appeared a beaten horse and Dharma ended up winning going away by a half length in a time of 153,93 secs.

Majestic Mozart was a length back in third.

Line Editor and St Vladimir finished a distance off the winner.

Lucinda Woodruff and her team, with Terry and Anabel Andrews at the happy lead-in Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

By Royal Air Force (Jet Master), who once stood at Sorrento, but got little support, the winner is out of the unraced Dr Fong mare, Karma.

Dharma has won 2 races with 5 places from 11 starts for stakes of R264 850.

His win contributed in no small measure to the R411 000 Pick 6 dividend.

Stipes Report excerpt:

Jockey G Behr (LINE EDITOR) reported that he felt something amiss with this gelding in running. The Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine gelding on its return to the unsaddling enclosure and submit a report.

In view of the performance from ST VLADIMIR (C Orffer) (99.99 lengths), which was hanging out throughout, the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine colt on its return to the unsaddling enclosure and submit a report.

 Leaving the 400m when attempting a narrow run down the inside running rail MAJESTIC MOZART (B Fayd’Herbe) became cramped for galloping room on the inside of HERODOTUS (S Khumalo), which had to steady when carried in slightly by NEXUS (R Fourie), which shifted in. A Member of the Stipendiary Board called for a race review and after reviewing the video evidence took no further action. Jockey R Fourie was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that he, as the rider of NEXUS, failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to runners to his inside when he shifted in at about the 400M. Jockey R Fourie signed an admission of guilt and when coming to a suitable penalty the Board took into account his riding record, and he was suspended from riding in races for a period of 7 days. (w.e.f. 07/07/2019 to 13/07/2019 inclusive)

MAJESTIC MOZART (B Fayd’Herbe) eased briefly off the heels of DHARMA (A Andrews) in the concluding stages.

Jockey M J Byleveld (RETRO EFFECT) reported that this gelding took no interest.

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Gr3 Winter Derby (SAf-Gr3)

Kenilworth, South Africa, June 29, R250k, 2400m, turf, soft, 2.33.93

1 – DHARMA (SAF), 60.0, ch g 3, Royal Air Force (SAF) – Karma (SAF) by Dr Fong . Owner Mr & Mrs T D Andrews; Breeder TD Andrews; trainer GV Woodruff; jockey A Andrews
2 – Nexus (SAF), 60.0, b c 3, Dynasty (SAF) – Mystery Dame (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF)
3 – Majestic Mozart (SAF), 60.0, b g 3, Dynasty (SAF) – Sound The Flute (USA) by Theatrical (IRE)
Margins: 0.50, 1.00, 2.75

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7 comments on “All In The Family!

  1. Kay says:

    Yet another day with Jet Master influence prevailing in Winter Derby and the KZN Breeders Million Mile.

  2. Art says:

    Did anyone interview Mr”Transparency”Woodroffe before the race. It would be interesting to have heard his comments.He only had three horses at the meeting two of which were in the same race so that should have woken up the shrewdies.Its a lottery most of the time and if the racing public had a sniff then he would not have paid R38.20 on the tote.Makes a mockery of the form of Nexus and St Vladamir.On to Mr Ramsden’s Morning catch who supposedly was under sufferance .Was he also not available for an interview.Damn these horse can make fools of those who buy compuaform week in week out out.

  3. Malcolm Draper says:

    “But Andrews appeared to still have plenty under him and he got to wok on Dharma who finished powerfully to draw alongside Nexus at the 100m marker.” Was wok the trick that got Dharma cooking?

  4. Malcolm Draper says:

    Dharma might have won the Winter Derby because he had a winter coat.

  5. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    Art, Adam Marcus was so confident that the Winter Derby would spit out a shock winner. He commented about this, in an interview on TV.

    Well done to him for expressing his view.

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    A few years ago at Scottsville midweek, a trainer, now an airline pilot played a R24 Box quarter, leaving out his runner

    I heard his numbers, played it and added his horse, R30 for 25 % stake

    His horse at big odds ran 3rd, I won just on R1100 and a bit…

    My point, trainers don’t (always) know, I reckon the Woodruff stable was also surprised by this win…

  7. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    That’s no maybe, otherwise they would own the Trump Towers.

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