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Foster Family’s Glorious Peninsula Double

Belgarion looks a top sort in the making

The Snaith Racing machine kicked into overdrive at Kenilworth on Saturday with the progressive Dynasty 4yo Belgarion announcing his SA Champions Season aspirations with an emphatic victory in the Glorious Goodwood Gr2 Peninsula Handicap.

A handsome gelding, the lightly raced Foster family galloper showed his class after a 15 week break and overcame a few tests in running and a less than ideal muddling pace, to assert his authority with a powerful run down the middle.

Richard Fourie steers Belgarion to an emphatic win (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

With the longshot Majestic Mozart (22-1) and Herodotus (20-1) both given first-class rides and every chance by Keagan de Melo and Louis Mxothwa respectively, an upset was on the cards until Belgarion found top gear and soared clear to beat Herodotus -who clearly prefers the shorter trip – by 1,25 lengths in a time of 110,78 secs.

Majestic Mozart may yet fulfil his early promise – he was always in touch from an unfavourable draw but stayed on smartly a half length back in third.

His stablemate, Sun Met entry More Magic, carried 2kgs less and ran on steadily a length further back in fourth. He will have to improve plenty to consider taking his place in the big race on 1 February.

Charles (11-2) and Nexus (8-1) were slightly disappointing, finishing alongside each other and just under 5 lengths off the winner.

Richard Fourie was full of praise for the winner and said that he had enjoyed some luck as things fell into place and he was not forced too wide.

Trainer Justin Snaith was not thrilled with the NHRA handicappers raising Belgarion’s merit mark earlier and he has thus picked his races.

This was Belgarion’s fourth win from four tries in handicaps.

Richard Fourie explains how he did it to an obscured Andrew Bon (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Alec and the Honourable Gillian Foster bred and race the son of Dynasty. They were on hand to lead their winner in and thanked the Snaith team and their longstanding bloodstock consultant John Freeman.

The Foster’s registered a double in the race with Snaith having saddled their 2019 winner, Doublemint – also ridden by Richard Fourie.

Belgarion is out of the lightly raced German two-time winner Riva (Acatenango) – a half sister to French Gr3 winner Oxava.

A winner of 5 of his 7 starts with 1 place, Belgarion has banked R506 250.

The Snaith team won three of the first five races on Day two of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival.

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Gr2 Peninsula Handicap (SAf-Gr2)

Kenilworth, South Africa, January 11, R350k, 1800m, turf, good, 1.50.78

1 – BELGARION (SAF), 55.0, b g 4, Dynasty (SAF) – Riva (GER) by Acatenango (GER). Owner Mr A N & The Hon Mrs G R Foster; Breeder AN Foster; trainer J Snaith; jockey R Fourie
2 – Herodotus (SAF), 55.5, gr g 4, Trippi (USA) – Pinkyandthebrain (AUS) by Hawk Wing (USA)
3 – Majestic Mozart (SAF), 54.0, b g 4, Dynasty (SAF) – Sound The Flute (USA) by Theatrical (IRE)
Margins: 1.25, 0.30, 1.00

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1 comment on “Foster Family’s Glorious Peninsula Double

  1. Editor says:

    THE STARTER REPORTED:

    a) MAN ABOUT TOWN jumped slow, losing one length.
    .
    THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED:

    a) In view of the performance of CAPOEIRA (A Domeyer) which was not persevered with from the 200m, the veterinary surgeon was requested to examine this gelding.
    b) Jockey S Veale appeared before the Board and was advised to maintain a reasonable pace when racing to the front of the field.
    c) Jockey C Orffer, the rider of CHARLES, appeared before the Board and was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that he failed to ensure that he did not cause bunching to runners on his inside when he shifted in sharply shortly after the start. Jockey Orffer signed an Admission of Guilt and was given a warning.
    d) Shortly after the start, HERODOTUS (L Mxothwa) was carried in by CHARLES (C Orffer), which shifted in.
    e) At the 1200m, BELGARION (R Fourie) shifted out when it raced onto the heels of HERODOTUS (L Mxothwa), which was awkwardly placed on the outside of CHARLES (C Orffer), which over raced in the early and middle stages.
    f) In the concluding stages, ROY HAD ENOUGH (AUS) (B Fayd’Herbe) was carried in by MORE MAGIC (G Cheyne) which rolled in.
    g) BELGARION, the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Assistant Trainer C Snaith was advised. (LD)
    h) HERODOTUS, the second-placed horse, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer GS Kotzen was advised. (BM)

    JOCKEY AND/OR EQUIPMENT CHANGES:

    a) A Domeyer rode CAPOEIRA (declared 15.18 on 20200110)
    b) HERODOTUS raced with cheek pieces (declared 09.00 on 20200111)
    c) L Mxothwa rode HERODOTUS (declared 14.41 on 20200110) (A Domeyer dual engaged)
    d) L Mxothwa rode +0.5kg (55.7kg)
    e) C Zackey rode +0.5kg (53.8kg)
    f) C Murray rode +0.5kg (52.6kg)
    g) M Byleveld rode +0.5kg (52.8kg)

    Jockey A Domeyer was charged with a contravention of Rule 21.7 in that he accepted to ride both CAPOEIRA and HERODOTUS in the 5th race at Kenilworth. Jockey Domeyer signed an Admission of Guilt and a penalty of R1000,00 was imposed.

    THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED:

    a) CAPOEIRA – nothing obvious detected
    b) MAN ABOUT TOWN – lame right front

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