PE trainer Jacques Strydom told anybody that would listen that Gogetthesheriff was a good thing for Monday’s R100 000 East Cape Poly Challenge 1400 at Fairview. And his son of Go Deputy backed the boss’ bullish attitude with a resounding victory from a wide draw under topweight to set up a possible big payday in the third leg of WSB East Cape Poly Challenge.
It didn’t take rocket science or a degree in handicapping to work out that Gogetthesheriff was particularly well weighted in the second leg of the R600 000 Eastern Cape Poly Challenge and he wrapped up the task in sensational style to set up a date for the big cheque – on Friday 13 May of all lucky days!
Gogetthesheriff, who started a generous 18-10, won despite his wide draw, a relatively inexperienced first-time young rider in the irons and the ardent support for talented Cape visitor Silver Snaffles, who was backed to 7-2 to beat the local star.
Tellytrack’s on-course presenter Grant Knowles, a well travelled vocal supporter of the Brett Crawford yard, suggested to home girl Nadine Rapson that he couldn’t see Jacques Strydom’s galloper having it easy from his wide draw against Silver Snaffles, who enjoyed the pole position draw and received 7kgs.
But Knowles was made to eat his words as Silver Snaffles was beaten out of the money, with nothing much to offer as Gogetthesheriff swept through from last down the inside rail and cut them all down to win going away by a length in a time of 80,51 secs.
A lovely exhibition of a confident and cool ride by the talented Ryan Munger, who obviously knew what he had under him.
Cruzcampo improved nicely to hold second ahead of the pacesetting Velvet Verona, with Snaith’s Razed In Black completing the quartet.
Gogetthesheriff is versatility personified and is the current PE Poly Horse Of The Year. He has no apparent distance limitations and enjoys both surfaces.
He won the R100 000 WSB East Cape Poly Challenge 1200 on Monday 28 March, over the sprint trip, a distance that really should be seen as short of his lethal best.
He will relish the mile of the final leg, the R100 000 WSB East Cape Poly Challenge 1600.
The 5yo gelding’s owner Freddie Van Onselen is in line to bank the bonus of R250 000 for winning all three legs of the Triple Crown. At worst, he has R50 000 to come for the consolation for best performer.
Gogetthesheriff has now won 10 races (he lost one on a positive) from 27 starts with 9 places and took his stakes balance to R636 800.
The winner was bred by Lammerskraal and is by season sensation Go Deputy, sire of Triple Crown pretender Abashiri. Gogetthesheriff is out of the seven-time winning Centenary mare, Trojan Belle.
He raced in the Lammerskraal silks before changing hands at the 2014 Michael Holmes Super Sale in KZN.
That was something of a lifechanging buy for the underrated Jacques Strydom and all of this couldn’t be happening to a nicer guy.