Bambiso And Botha Can Do It Again!

The race is due off at 12h05

The second leg of the 2023/24 Hollywoodbets Workriders’ Series will be held today at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth when eight runners line up for the opening event on the ten-race card at 12h05.

The vastly experienced 53 year old William Bambiso took an early lead in the series when he booted Escarpment home for the Piet Botha yard in the first leg on Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas Day, 16 December 2023.

William Bambiso shows his delight as he returns on Escarpment with the Piet Botha connections after the first leg – they team up with Tam’s Knight today (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

William again teams up with Piet Botha’s Dare To Dream Racing team when he partners Tam’s Knight today. The son of Master Of My Fate ran a fair fourth on debut and looks set for further improvement.

Watch the first leg replay:

Joint favouritism is currently shared by Ricky Mainguard’s 4yo gelding Casino Ace (Mzolisi Njengele) and the Snaith team’s 3yo fill,  Kaapse Hoop.

Casino Ace ran third in the  first leg of the Workriders’ Series, and with Mzolisi Njengele in the irons again today, the son of What A Winter can build further on his form that has seen him not miss the places in his last three runs.

The Drakenstein bred and owned Kaapse Hoop will be ridden by former professional jockey Louis Burke.

The daughter of Querari will be having her third run, and will bid to repeat her debut performance where she ran a 0,75 length second behind Night Vigil.

That formline has been franked with both Amber Rock and Nile The Boss, who finished behind her, coming out to win.

Escarpment - Grandslots Work Riders' Maiden Plate 2023 - Chase Liebenberg

William Bambiso steers Escarpment home in the first leg. The horse in the blue and gold is Casino Ace, who is back today and again ridden by Mzolisi Njengele (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The talented James Maree graduate, Siphiwo Feni, who partners the good-looking Snaith grey Three Coins, was the winner of the first series and is a man worth watching.

The Hollywoodbets Workriders’ Series offers a R25 000 prize pool which will be shared amongst the top five riders on the final log. In addition, the riders will also receive the standard riding commissions.

Points are earned by individual workriders in each of the four races and to keep all stakeholders updated, Cape Racing will publish a log on the Monday following each of the races.

The R25 000 prize pool will be allocated as follows:

  • Winner earns R12 000
  • Runner-up earns R6 000
  • Third place earns R4 000
  • Fourth place earns R2 000
  • Fifth place earns R1 000

The four-leg series provides an excellent opportunity for the qualifying workriders to showcase their skills and talent on the exciting stage of the Cape Summer Festival of Champions. It not only provides career enhancing race-riding experience, but also gives them the well-deserved opportunity to enjoy recognition and be rewarded for excellence and commitment.

The balance of the races in the series will be held at the race meetings at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on 5 February and 17 February.

The log after the first leg:

Pos Jockey FP Pts Total
1 * W Bambiso 1 14 14
2 * X C Machaieie 2 13 13
3 * M P Njengele 3 12 12
4 * S H Feni 4 11 11
5 * H Richardson 5 10 10
6 * L Burke 6 9 9
7 * M Sigenu 7 8 8
8 * C Austin 8 7 7
9 * K Meaker 9 6 6
10 * B Nkunzi 10 5 5
11 * P Fama 11 4 4
12 * S Booi 12 3 3
13 * L Geledu 13 2 2
14 * S Qhwaba 14 1 1

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