A part carryover Pick 6 and a R1527 tote double crowned a tough day at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday
The 5yo gelding Dream Destiny arrived under Tristan Godden for trainer Kum Naidoo in the Pick 6 opener, paying R66-80 a tote win.
This was his fifth run and his first over 1700m.
After three dull runs in Gauteng, he had his first KZN start in June when 14,20 lengths back after a slow start. Just under three months later, at his first start at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday, he came to blow the world away.
However, it’s fair to say that anybody looking at his history, may have thrown him into bigger perms as a possible improver. In assessing the gelding’s form, the Stipes noted that this gelding lost a number of lengths at the start in its previous two runs.
However, after having its starting stall certificate withdrawn in his last two runs, this gelding jumped significantly better on Wednesday. Accordingly, they elected not to question Mr Naidoo regarding the improved performance.
The favourite in this race, Betathantherest is seen rushing the gate during the loading process. Should he have been withdrawn?
A reader suggested that he could have pulled neck and shoulder muscles, given the tempo of the burst in the short space.
The Stipes reported that Betathantherest ‘bumped the front gates’, was unloaded, examined by the Veterinary Surgeon, declared fit to race and reloaded.
You be the judge from the clip below whether ‘bumped’ is the correct description. He is in gate 5.
While we accept that the rules state that if the horse is not bleeding and there are no visible signs of unsoundness, that he must run, what about concussion – or even the psychological trauma? He was the 2-1 favourite, too.
Betathantherest eventually finished sixth and 3,55 lengths off Dream Destiny,
Then the second leg of the ‘early retirement’ double Parkdale arrived in the fifth at 75-1 under Calvin Habib.
Trainer Ivan van Wyk appeared before the Board and was questioned regarding the improved performance of the winner.
He explained to the Stipes that this filly appreciated being ridden with more restraint, which he felt accounted for the improvement shown.
Notwithstanding this explanation, the trainer’s attention was drawn to the Rules pertaining to in and out running and advised that should this horse not maintain consistent form going forward, it may be suspended.
It’s a fair practical explanation – but, in reality, Parkdale was having her 20th start. So why not try riding her with more restraint earlier on in her career?