They say a frustrating day only lasts 24 hours. For Winning Form-sponsored jockey Richard Fourie Saturday’s Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge meeting probably wasn’t a vintage raceday by his standards – but Captain Bombshell’s nail-biting victory in the non black-type R150 000 SABC Supersport Durban Dash for trainer Peter Muscutt proved something of a lifesaver.
Fourie rode 5 winners, including three glorious Grade 1 winners, a week earlier up the N3 at Hollywoodbets Scottsville and three winners at Fairview 24 hours earlier.
But it can’t be champagne every day and sometimes beer will have to do. Saturday at Hollywoodbets Greyville proved a touch more testing – his 10 rides producing three seconds and just the solitary winner.
But he still produced that magical robust energy in the Durban Dash to get Captain Bombshell (5-1) up to pip the flying Money Heist (6-1) and register his 219th winner of the term – at a current strike rate of over 22%.
Fourie told the Sporting Post that 250 is his revised target for the season.
The lightly raced Captain Bombshell returned from a 15 week break to clock 65,75 secs for the 1100m and only 1,70 lengths covered the first seven home in the Durban Dash.
The Haras del Carmo-bred Captain Bombshell is raced by Gino da Silva, Blaine Hamilton and Steve Sturlese and is a son of Captain Of All (Captain Al) out of the two-time winning Elusive Fort mare, Bombshell Girl.
He is now a winner of 3 races with 3 places from 10 starts for stakes of R269 500.
It was a fine training achievement for Hollywoodbets-sponsored trainer Peter Muscutt, who, after hitting something of a ‘flat spot’ a couple of months back, was crowned Gold Circle’s Trainer Of The Month for May and has certainly got his stable back on track and firing on all cylinders.
May was a month to remember as he saddled 11 winners, three more than KZN Champion trainer Gareth van Zyl, at an impressive 35 percent win strike rate.
Watch the Durban Dash replay here: