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Joey’s Greenlight Gets July Silver

'Television coverage needs improvement'

The trainer of Vodacom Durban July runner-up Got The Greenlight says his 3yo was beaten fair and square in a very fair race by a horse that always looked the one to beat.

He has only one gripe about a terrific day ‘that all involved can be very proud of’.

Joey Soma was headed for his Turffontein home base on Sunday morning when he told the Sporting Post that Got The Greenlight had pulled up well and that his manger was empty after he had gone down 0,90 lengths to the well-handicapped Belgarion.

Candiese Lenferna captured the tussle for second place as Muzi Yeni and Got The Greenlight edge out Anton Marcus and Do It Again

“The pace was good. There were no standout incidents. My jockey Muzi Yeni did everything right. The winner came from behind him. The third horse was in front of him. At the end of the day, I must say congratulations to the winning connections,” added Joey, who said that the July was the Olympic games of horseracing and standing on the podium with a silver medal was not something he feels disappointed about.

Got The Greenlight will enjoy a good rest and Joey says it’s exciting to have a really smart 4yo heading his team going into next term.

“There are no firm plans as yet. Maybe we will look at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Sun Met. But I will talk to the partners and see what the team aspires to,” he said.

Asked about the unique day at Hollywoodbets Greyville, he said that ‘it was very different’ but special too.

“We must thank our hosts Gold Circle and the sponsors Vodacom – they can be very proud of putting on the biggest race of the year against the background of lockdown and the restraints of attendance and the inhibitions of the protocols. There are no text books and these are first time experiences for all of us.”

On a sobering note, Joey said that he felt that the televised product, which had become an even bigger shop window for regular and once-a-year players in the light of the behind-closed-doors event, was poor.

“The coverage of the race, the length of time we had to see horses at the pull-up for example, and the general production and camerawork was not up to scratch. It’s an opportunity lost when you have a chance to look after existing fans and win new people over. Gold Circle will hopefully visit and rectify that aspect before their next big raceday,” he added.

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16 comments on “Joey’s Greenlight Gets July Silver

  1. Gavin bechan says:

    Ran a mighty race.. What a champion

  2. PL.NEL says:

    Well done Soma team. 100 % correct, the footage was of poor caliber and needs firm upgrading, and as the eyes and advertisement of this business it will earn every rand back. Please accelerate this priority.

  3. Mac Naidoo says:

    Waiting for the complete result never came on. Well done Soma and especially Muzi you nearly gad it

  4. DAVE GUY says:

    Do it Again ran a great race and Marcus had a good ride. Do it Again gave the 1st and 2nd horses 6.5 kgs.

  5. Hope to see Got the Greenlight in the
    Stallion ranks

  6. david mollett says:

    Top marks to Joey who knows the game as well as anyone and I want to add to his comment on the poor television coverage.
    One used to switch Tellytrack on at 8am every Saturday morning to get views and tips on the day’s racing. I’m sure it was something racing fans looked forward to.
    I expected some coverage when I tuned in at 8am on Saturday morning but, no, only Aussie racing.
    Might it not have been an idea to get two previous winning July jockeys, S’Manga Khumalo and Piere Strydom, into the studio prior to the Turffontein meeting to get their opinions on SA’s most famous race. Ideally, Shaheen Shaw would have been the host.
    Sadly, wishful thinking.

  7. donald bradshaw says:

    Its about time that the owners of Tellytrack gave the C.E.O. and the executive management of ” the horse racing industries shop widow ” the boot !

    It appears to me that the current management of Tellytrack have no idea about the production and presentation that is required to be delivered to the industries customers both existing and those they want to attract in the future ?

    If the sport wants to prosper and grow it had better sort this amateur lot out pronto and get professionals to manage and operate horse racings T.V. channel !

  8. Keith sing says:

    only now Joey it’s every day and I have no idea who have Cecil the idea to waffle along giving wrong no in the finish tellycrap that’s what I say maybe he is trying to copy ally car sorry who just a natural. ps as for the camera work and clarity of the cameras you would swear blind that the the camera work in joburgh is in a different country wake up greyville

  9. Vic Persadh says:

    Tellytrack content stink really.surely it’s not on the agenda and in the best interest of SA racing to wake up in the morning and watch aussy racing and that trash…for Gods sake you think the Aussies are watching and supporting our sport here bulldust!! Channel 210 Neil Andrews and Vee moodley and Mini Dlamini had a show that was entertaining full of worthy content,views and comments..well done guys perhaps channel 239 should learn from a competent set of people how to do the right things on National television..and forignoring local content and continuing to cover other non important racing centers during big local raceway is adding more damage to the sport.come on guys get your house in order..if you cannot improve move aside and let the big guys do the job.yuor showing is disgraceful..

  10. Shalandra Bunseelall says:

    The coverage was nothing short of a debacle on the biggest race day of the year, that too when all eyes are on the telly. How they crossed to other markets directly after Race 10 amazed me and then went to cover betting for later races. No logic, No care and No interest in getting it right. Also can the presenters at least get the horses name correct. If you can hear everyone from the owners to the commentators pronouncing the name one way, WHY would the presenter ever want to add their own flavour to the name. Case in point today on Katak. Tellytrack needs to a serious injection of professionalism.

  11. Geoff Clark says:

    Well said Joey Soma and Dave Mollet. re. the Tellytrack coverage. But it does not end there. Went into a local Cape tote to place bets. Ten terminals only 3 manned for the day. I’m sorry i dont understand. The building is shared by Hollywood who had 30 or so staff on duty, so where do you think punters ran to get their bets on as it was impossible to get on on the tote.

  12. Selwyn Elk says:

    Well said Donald ! Teletrack is like having a second hand engine trying to run a Royles Royce – the entire team of presenters with the exception of Deez Dyanand need to be replaced, they ramble on and on about irrelevant topics, too many grievanances for this post lest to say boys trying to do a mans job- the racing public deserve better than to utilize the “mute” button on a regular basis, the powers that be need to give this matter urgent attention.

  13. Ryan Sherwood says:

    Perhaps we can all now appreciate and spare a thought for where Zimbabwe racing stands with regards to Teletrack? Surely we can find a solution that acts in the best interest of horse racing and the sport we love?????

  14. bob kistnasamy says:

    I concur with Shalandra and Selwyn. The GTV (Warren and Kevin), well there is not much to say on professionalism. It was sad that we should be exposed to such coverage. If we look at the coverage of the big events in the UK at the various major centres, Newmarket, Ascot and York recently, it was special and spectacular. The lockdown put paid to the large crowds but the winning connections still made the presentation special.
    I am not sure if there is ever going to any learning from comments posted.
    Lets hope that someone take notice.

  15. Selwyn Elk says:

    To Tellytrack, please consider employing someone to teach your so called presenters the psyche of a gambler, they have absolutely no idea, they go from bad to worse if that is at all possible. I am retired after having spent the last 30 years as a Gold Circle agent and know what interests punters and what annoys them.l can be contacted through Sporting Post if you want any input but from a punters point of view enough is enough.

  16. DARRYL GUY says:

    Should have been a stand alone meeting in SA Phumelela snucks in and races on the same day
    They could have raced on Sunday but no ways .Had to shaft Gold Circle

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