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Hoedspruit Takes It In His Stride

Fancied Do It Again pulls up lame

With the yard’s dual Durban July winner Do It Again failing to produce the goods, Justin Snaith enjoyed the back-up of his WSB Cape Town Met entry Hoedspruit to save the day in the R400 000 Glorious Goodwood Gr2 Premier Trophy at a sizzling Kenilworth on Saturday.

In a thrilling finish to a final Met prep for many of Saturday’s contestants, Fourie rode a peach of as he switched his mount to the inside and won with a good few cracks of the whip, but easing up in the final strides.

Richard Fourie pushes Hoedspruit down the inside as Super Silvano (Louis Mxothwa) runs a cracker at the weights (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Hoedspruit powered home at 5-1 to beat Super Silvano (16-1) by a half length in a time of 109,09 secs.

Recent Peninsula Handicap winner Firealley (16-1) didn’t get to the front as is his preference, but stayed on well a head back in third.

His stablemate Sovereign Spirit (33-1) loomed dangerously late but was overtaken and stayed on well for fourth.

Richard Fourie said that the Algoa Cup winner’s prep wasn’t great coming into his last disappointing start and complimented the Snaith stable

A winner of 6 races with 5 places from 15 starts for SA Champion owner Suzette Viljoen, Hoedspruit, a R280 000 buy from the 2019 Cape Yearling Sale, has now earned R603 975,

The winner was bred by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein.

He is by Legislate (Dynasty) out of the Trippi mare Londalozi, a full-sister to Gr2 Betting World Oaks third Shingwedzi and a three-parts sister to Perfect Promise Sprint winner Lesedi La Rona, who was acquired by Wilgerbosdrift at the 2017 Cape Mare Sale while carrying Hoedspruit!

Justin Snaith put the 7yo Do It Again’s run down to the foibles of age – “he runs the odd indifferent race but we will have him ready for the Met,” he added.

Do It Again was subsequently reported by the Stipes to have pulled up lame.


1ST 9 HOEDSPRUIT SJ Snaith R Fourie 11/2
2ND 6 SUPER SILVANO B Crawford L Mxothwa 0.50 0.50 16/1
3RD 3 FIREALLEY C Bass-Robinson A Domeyer 0.10 0.60 14/1
4TH 5 SOVEREIGN SPIRIT C Bass-Robinson G Cheyne 0.75 1.35 33/1
5TH 10 NATIVE TONGUE SJ Snaith S Khumalo 0.20 1.55 25/1
TIME OF RACE: 1 min 49.09 sec


4 DO IT AGAIN SJ Snaith A Marcus 2.80 5/10

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3 comments on “Hoedspruit Takes It In His Stride

  1. Frankie Zackey says:

    Frankie Zackey…Lovely win by Hoedspruit,,always been my lurker no matter what race he runs in..Well Done To All The Connections

  2. Editor says:

    The Stipes reported:
    RACE 5 : GLORIOUS GOODWOOD PREMIER TROPHY (Grade 2) : 1800m : Ref 291
    Starter: Mr F Bosman Loading time: 54 sec Runners: 10

    Carded time: 15h00
    Rescheduled time: —
    Off time: 15h00.34
    Provisional result: 15h04.19
    All Clear: 15h08.35


    a) Fair start.


    a) After being taken back to race behind runners shortly after the start, RUSSIAN ROCK (K de Melo) commenced to over race in the early and middle stages.
    b) Jockey L Mxothwa, the rider of SUPER SILVANO, appeared before the Board, was shown the patrol film of the concluding stages of the race and reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out to the end of the race.
    c) In view of the performance of DO IT AGAIN (A Marcus) (Betting 5/10 ; Distance 2.80), the veterinary surgeon was requested to examine this gelding.
    d) Trainer DM Kannemeyer was advised to report back on the condition of RUSSIAN ROCK on its return to the stables.
    e) SOVEREIGN SPIRIT (G Cheyne) returned suffering from a bilateral epistaxis due to an exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage and is suspended, for a period of 120 days, from racing in any race under the jurisdiction of The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa in terms of Rule 93.1. (Dr T Luz)
    f) HOEDSPRUIT, the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer SJ Snaith was advised. (SC)
    g) SUPER SILVANO, the second-placed horse, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Stable Employee M Phaca, acting on behalf of Trainer B Crawford, was advised. (DR)


    a) Nil


    a) Nil


    a) DO IT AGAIN – examined post-race. Lame right front. Wound on lateral aspect of right front fetlock. Veterinary report required prior to acceptance. Rule 49.7 applies
    b) SOVEREIGN SPIRIT – bilateral epistaxis (2nd). Rule 93.1 applies.


  3. Cameron James says:

    I sense a changing of the guard, those 2 old soldiers DIA & Rab are finally coming to the end of their respective careers, well maybe in Group1 company. They have served the racing industry well and time has maybe finally caught up with them…..

    Watching the performance of Jet Dark today, in my opinion, if he runs in the Met will be a massive runner. If he doesn’t, then the race is at the mercy of Kommetdiding.

    Hope you well Cecil and took some 7-1 on Jet Dark.

    Another lurker in races to come will be Pacaya, especially in the Cape Derby.

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