Hear The Drums with jockey Gerrit Schlechter, Amoret van Zyl and Des McLachlan
(Photo : Wally Strydom)
HEAR THE DRUMS IS 4 WINS AWAY FROM SA RECORD
Review by Racingweb:
Peter Fabricius’s star sprinter and money machine Hear The Drums equalled Sentinel’s 29 career wins with a victory in the R90 000 Glendore Sprint over 1000m at Arlington on Friday. There is a popular perception that 1970s star Sentinel held the South African record at 29 wins, but Form Bloodstock’s and aro.co.za’s Jehan Malherbe provided other facts (both, by the way, are graduates of our paddocks. We breed ‘em tough here! Editors note)
“The SA record is held by Screech Owl (1955 by Janus) who won 32 races. Riza (1951 by Djask) is next with 31 wins and only then comes Sentinel (1968 by No Reprieve) with 29 successes,” said Malherbe. He noted that his statistics included SA-breds only and excluded imported horses.
With no signs of wear and tear, Hear The Drums is well within reach of this record, which will be an astonishing achievement for horse and connections whether it is set in Pinnacle Plates and with conditions to suit him or not. The cherry on top, and not an unlikely event, will be if Hear The Drums can pull off the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship at his third attempt in January. He finished fifth to O’Caesor in 2008 and fourth to Rebel King in 2009.
However close Hear The Drums gets to the title in the next few months, South African racing enthusiasts can be proud of the unimposing son of Gold Press, a treasured gift to long-serving owner Fabricius and testimony to the skills of his trainer Des McLachlan.