After sending out a nice treble at the Vaal on Thursday trainer Tony Peter has edged ahead and leads the national log in his first full season as a trainer.
Peter (R1 117 188) has made a flying start to the new term, with his 15 winners achieved at a 27,8% win strike-rate, substantially ahead of second-paced Alan Greeff (R1 000 650) on 11,5% and Justin Snaith (R984 663) on 9%.
The leader’s strike-rate is not the highest in the country – that honour falls to Frank Robinson (6 winners) and Alec Laird (5 winners), who are both in excess of 31%,
It is early days though, and the depth of power of the Snaiths is likely to assert when the feature season starts in earnest.
Peter registered scored 46 wins in his first season – that despite only commencing with four months already having elapsed and enjoyed the highest strike rate nationally at 26%.
His first stakes success was Leaving Las Vegas (Rafeef) in the Gr 3 Pretty Polly Stakes and followed that with Cold Fact winning the Gr2 Camellia Stakes.
On the last day of the season at Hollywoodbets Greyville he ended the term with a flourish to score his maiden stakes race double, and also a remarkable first Gr1 strike in short time.
He won the Listed @Worldpool Twitter Handicap with Meridius, and then Bavarian Beauty stormed home in the Gr 1 Douglas Whyte Thekwini Stakes.
On the jockey log, Muzi Yeni’s 37 winners were achieved with a 21,3% strike rate, ahead of Richard Fourie on 24 and 16,9%. Gavin Lerena is in third on 22 winners, at a strike rate of 18,6%.
The Jockeys are chasing the R1 million cash incentive offered by Hollywoodbets for the first South African rider to surpass the 25 year old record of 334 winners in a season, set by Anthony Delpech.
The 334 winner mark was established by the former multiple national champion when he shattered Piere Strydom’s record in the 1998/1999 season.
The 334 Delpech Jockey Challenge powered by Hollywoodbets culminates on 31 July 2024.