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Braam’s Aussie Feature Win Lifts Spirits

Two different worlds right now!

SA-based owner Braam van Huyssteen and his Australian partner William Henderson experienced the highs and lows of the game in 24 hours from Fairview in Port Elizabeth on Friday to Rosehill in Sydney on Saturday.

Trainer Yvette Bremner gives Wayne Agrella a leg-up in the safety of her barn

The partnership’s Choisir gelding Sir Frenchie, trained by Yvette Bremner, started favourite under topweight for the R90 000 Pinnacle Stakes fifth race at Fairview on Friday.

But after bizarrely being forced to be saddled  up in his box and walked under armed guard to the racecourse, he never threw a punch in anger as the rest of the meeting was abandoned for safety reasons after Grooms were protesting on course.

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Sir Frenchie heads to races under armed guard. He never ran after the meet was abandoned

On the flipside of the racing pleasure coin, Braam and William at least managed to have some fun 10500 km away when Hugh Bowman piloted their 7yo Mustajeer to victory in the Listed Parramatta Cup run over 1900m at Rosehill the next day.

The Kiris Lees-trained Mustajeer highlighted the class that saw Australian Bloodstock snap up the British import for a Melbourne Cup campaign last year with an impressive performance to start his second Australian preparation.

“It was far from a surprise,” Bowman said. “He was favoured to run very well in a Caulfield and Melbourne Cup and he did run very well in the Caulfield Cup. Melbourne Cup not so much.

The 7yo Mustajeer

“Although I didn’t ride him there, I did pay attention to him and he did get himself very worked up close to the race. I have so much admiration for Kris and his team, the way they have managed to settle down within himself.To perform like that, albeit in inferior company spells good things for the autumn.”

Lees has only had Mustajeer for his two Melbourne starts but is getting a better handle on the import heading into the autumn.

Lees said he plans to look towards the GrI HE Tancred Stakes later in the autumn.

Mustajeer’s 5 wins and 6 placings from 22 starts have earned him just over the equivalent of R15 million.

Sir Frenchie’s 11 wins with 9 places from his 33 starts have earned him just over a million.

  • Fairview racing continues today, with the first scheduled for 12h40

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10 comments on “Braam’s Aussie Feature Win Lifts Spirits

  1. Barry Dunnett says:

    I sincerely hope government and the racing authorities take careful notice of the steady demise in South African racing, well illustrated here. This, together with the in-fighting, decrease in sponsor-ships, the non-survival of smaller yards, jockeys leaving for overseas.

    And what it could be: Australian racing, make no mistake has its issues, but it now boasts 60 races >= $1 million prize money, wrongdoings heavily punished, and races seldom abandoned for reasons other than weather. The industry is thriving through hard work, good management, public support. And its attracting owners in syndicates, youngsters who dress up to go racing.

    Having followed racing for 50 years (the last 17 as an Australian citizen), I am disappointed, I must say.

  2. Clive says:

    Stay there and enjoy. Our grooms are treated like slaves
    Have you not noticed that all the armed guards featured are white . Is this not promoting segregation.

    1. Editor says:

      Clive, not sure the relevance, but the security guys are multiracial


    Barry, the whole issue of Grooms in SA is like weapons grade uranium laying around on a shop corner.

    It will continually be played down until loss of life.

    This issue needs an Indaba between the Trainers, the Owners, The NHA, Phumelela, the ridiculous misnomer called the Racing Association, the Racing Clubs and a relevant Local Government official for each province.

    Clive is being polite by asking you to stay away.

    We are very close now to an eruption, the Racing Industry is bankrupt.

    Damage control might even be a futile exercise now.

  4. Rian says:

    Clive, did you not notice every talk show in this beautiful country of ours is black, and that’s not all, why notice the white security
    I voted in 1983 in a referendum for change and was glad to see Mandela take power as there was never going to be any body else
    But the ANC has stuffed for so long and even the NHS, Phumelela and the list goes on boarded this train to &+$#@”¢¥
    Shit it was good racing a while back when money was money and racing was mainly for the PUNTER and the rest thrived
    Can’t wait to travel to Durban for the best show in South Africa

  5. J J Cale says:

    Clive take off your sunglasses when watching t v makes for a brighter and clearer vision.

  6. Titch says:

    Amazing how, no matter what the subject is, some half wit will try turn it into a racial argument, …Clive your statement was based on complete and utter BS try staying in touch with reality …

  7. Clive says:

    Thanks for your comments but let this ” half wit” say that the reason for my comment is simply because Barry found the need to mention that he is an Australian citizen for 17 years.
    This means that he would have left our beautiful country some 22 years ago therefore has no right to comment on anything to do with South Africa.

  8. Barry Dunnett says:

    Nothing would make me happier than to see South African racing something like I recall Greyville racecourse was in the 70s and 80s. Racing thrived. Lines of bookmakers – in typical showmanship fashion – provided huge attraction. Commentaries from Trevor and Eric Denman brought the place alive and you really did not need big screens. It was exciting times.

    And there-in lies the benchmark.Whether one uses that as a point of reference or Australian racing, which is going through an amazing run, there is opportunity to restore South African racing to his former glory. And who knows, the opportunity to export South African horses may be the trigger?

    It really has nothing to do with racism.

    And little will be gained by being defensive – take responsibility and work on a solution.

  9. Art says:

    Dear Ed I need clarification .But please can you clarify for me very slowly so I understand the comment that because someone has left SA over 22 years ago he may not comment on SARacing.Im lost.Pops a second vodka beckons

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