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Jet Dark Again – Jocks Pay Price In Boardroom

SA Horse Of The Year tite race is on

Justin Snaith holds two of the aces in the SA Horse Of The Year title chase. After Captain’s Ransom downed the fast set to win the Gr1 Mercury Sprint, it was stablemate Jet Dark who threw his hat in with a big performance to win the R1 million Gr1 HKJC World Pool Champions Cup at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.

In a race that was marred with heavy ( we are talking R45 000 plus time) whip rule contravention fines for both the first and second finishing jockeys, Drakenstein Stud’s evergreen champion sire Trippi ended the 2021-2022 South African racing season on a high, thanks to his champion son Jet Dark’s successful defence of his title.

Richard Fourie has Jet Dark in front as Gavin Lerena tries hard on Kommetdieding (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Jet Dark downed the subsequently exported Catch Twentytwo when victorious in the 2021 renewal.

Under an inform Richard Fourie, four-year-old Jet Dark raced midfield for much of the running in as his stablemate Crown Towers made the running.

Fourie brought Jet Dark with a sustained run down the inside of the track, and the pair settled down to fight out a thrilling finish with Kommetdieding, which saw Jet Dark prevail by a neck.

It was another two and a quarter lengths back to 2022 Gr1 TAB The Premier’s Champions Challenge winner Astrix who finished third.

It was a fourth Gr1 win for Jet Dark, who also captured the Gr1 LÓrmarins Queen’s Plate in both 2021 and 2022. The classy colt, Equus Champion 3YO Colt and Champion Miler of 2020-2021, had also finished runner up in both the 2022 Gr1 World Sports Betting Cape Town Met and Gr1 Hollywoodbets Durban July.

Bred by Drakenstein Stud, the Justin Snaith trained Jet Dark has now won seven of 16 starts for earnings of R4 171 600.

Jet Dark, who is out of the Jet Master mare Night Jet, was a R200 000 buy from the 2019 National Yearling Sale.

His champion sire Trippi has had another fine season in 2021-2022 being responsible for nine stakes winners in South Africa – more than the likes of Master Of My Fate, Querari and Rafeef.

When Jet Dark was runner-up in the Hollywoodbets Durban July earlier this month, Bernard Fayd’Herbe signed an admission of guilt for a contravention of Rule 58.10.2 in that he mis-used his crop by striking the colt 17 times and was fined R10 000.

See the full Stipes report from Saturday in the comments section below.

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2 comments on “Jet Dark Again – Jocks Pay Price In Boardroom

  1. Editor says:

    The Stipes reported:
    RACE 8 Ref : 942 HKJC WORLD POOL CHAMPIONS CUP (Grade 1) : R1 000 000 : About 1800m

    Starter : S Leslie Loading Time : 49sec No. of Runners : 09

    Carded Time: 16:50:00
    Rescheduled Time: –
    Off Time: 16:59:15
    Provisional Result: 17:02:45
    All Clear: 17:12:21

    The start of this Race was delayed due to there being lightning in close proximity to the racecourse.

    a) Fair start.

    a) LINEBACKER (G van Niekerk) was hanging in from the 300m.
    b) AL MUTHANA (AUS) (S Khumalo) took an awkward stride and was unbalanced at the 300m. In view of this report, the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine.
    c) An Inquiry will be opened in order to establish why ASTRIX (J P v’d Merwe) and MK’S PRIDE (M Yeni) had to ease at approximately the 200m.
    d) Jockey R Fourie signed an admission of guilt for a contravention of Rule 58.10.2, read in conjunction with Guideline M, in that he misused his crop by striking the horse JET DARK more than 12 times in the entire race. When determining the penalty, the Stewards considered that this was Jockey R Fourie’s 13th transgression of Rule 58.10.2 (Guideline M) since 1 August 2021 and his 7th offence inside the preceding 60 days period. Accordingly, a fine of R35 000 and a suspension from riding in races for a period of 10 days were imposed. (Suspension dates to be advised)
    e) Jockey G Lerena signed an admission of guilt for Rule 58.10.2, read in conjunction with Guideline M, in that he mis-used his crop by striking the horse KOMMETDIEDING more than 12 times in the entire race. In assessing penalty, the Board considered the number of times (14) Jockey G Lerena struck the horse KOMMETDIEDING, the distance over which and manner in which he used his crop and his record (1) in relation to this Rule. Accordingly, a penalty of a fine of R10 000 was imposed.
    f) JET DARK (R Fourie), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer J S Snaith advised (RVR).
    g) KOMMETDIEDING (G Lerena), placed second, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer M Rix advised (RVR).
    a) Nil.

    a) Nil.

    a) ASTRIX : Cut into left hind.
    b) AL MUTHANA (AUS) : Brush wound right hind.
    c) MK’S PRIDE : Coughing.


    a) None

    No. Horse Jockey Trainer Distance Betting
    1st 5 JET DARK R Fourie J S Snaith —- 14/10
    2nd 4 KOMMETDIEDING G Lerena H/M Crawford 0.25 0.25 5/2
    3rd 2 ASTRIX J P v’d Merwe P A Peter 2.20 2.45 33/1
    4th 8 LINEBACKER G van Niekerk V H Marshall 0.40 2.85 8/1
    5th 6 AL MUTHANA (AUS) S Khumalo M F de Kock 2.40 5.25 7/1
    Time of Race : 110.20s
    Tote Favourite:
    Distance : – Betting : 14/10

  2. Editor says:

    No misprint, George.
    Why also do they mention Lerena’s excess (14) but not Fourie’s?
    Surely a Gr1 winning fine of that nature should include detail.
    Interesting too, where are the quantums laid down?
    We can’t find those levels anywhere.

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