Left : Pierre Jourdan : Gauteng Guineas (Gr2)
Right : Fisani : Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr2)
(Photos : JC Photographics)
28 FEBRUARY 2010
Mick GossOn the self same weekend in 2008, I was startled out of deep slumber by the kind of jolt none of us understand. In Australia for the Melbourne sale, my time zone had me 9 hours ahead of South Africa, and it was a “Guineas” premonition that sat me up. Affiliate to Sky Channel revealed the last moments of the Gauteng Guineas, and voila! Imbongi surged to the front in that instant, and it was over in strides.
Last night (back in Melbourne again) it was an SMS from my daughter Bronwyn, that raised the alarm. We all knew we had a big hand with Pierre Jourdan in the Colts version, but at 1.15am this was a bit earlier than we expected, Fisani it was, of six Mike de Kock entries in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas, who’d repelled the thrust of the “Aussie”, Generous Aura, to take the R500k event with a courageous rally, providing His Highness Sheikh Mohammed with his third Classic winner inside of a fortnight (following Musirand Raihana) in the UAE.
No Red Bull required to keep the eyelids open for the R1 million colts edition, and this time, Pierre Jourdan was clinical, getting away from his erstwhile Summerhill paddockmate, Havasha, by three, and destroying the hopes of Australia again as compatriots Galileo’s Galaxy and Flying Tristram struggled on for the minor money. It’s always good taking on the boys from Down Under, but even better when you’re in your own backyard.
This was a helluva result for Summerhill in general, and for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run in particular. The first three protagonists home in the R1,5 million race by that name, was the Fillies Guineas first, and first and second in the Colts Guineas. No matter your politics, this was a shattering blow to those that would deny the nation’s fourth richest race, its Black type status any longer. Only a bigot could resist henceforth, and we must hope that the powers that manage these things, will finally acknowledge the need to join the rest of the world, and give the race the recognition it deserves.