Click above to watch Pierre Jourdan and Fisani in the
2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
(Footage : Tellytrack)
STAR OF THE MONTH : FEBRUARY 2010
Racing Express has honoured Pierre Jourdan with the distinction of “Star Of The Month” for February 2010 following his victories in the Tony Ruffel Stakes (Grade 3) and the Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2). In the process Pierre Jourdan took his career earnings to over the R1,6 million mark, from just six starts, for owners Emilio Baisero and Gary Alexander.
Gary Alexander had said last week prior to the Gauteng Guineas : “We’ll know what we’ve got after this race.” That, in spite of the fact that his stable star, Pierre Jourdan, had won four of his five races, including two feature races, and only been pipped in the other after a layoff.
By Saturday night Gary Alexander was ecstatic! “I always knew he is a nice horse, but I didn’t think he was this good!” He added that Pierre Jourdan had surprised them all when winning the Tony Ruffel Stakes in his second run after a layoff earlier in February.
And Fisani’s win in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2) franked the form more substantially in Alexander’s mind. She had finished second to Pierre Jourdan in the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup in November last year. “She’s also a really good horse!” he enthused.
Alexander has had many really good horses in his stable, like Mosszao (Gold Bowl), Imperious Sue (Fillies Guineas), dual Oaks winner Icy Air, Tommy Hotspur, Ruby Clipper (Allan Robertson Fillies Championship), Drum Star, Flying Promise, Elegant Al, Silver Sliver (SA Derby) and Timber Trader (SA Derby) but he says: “This one’s a champion. You wait a lifetime for a horse like this to come along!”
“There’s something special about this one. I haven’t pushed him for it. What he’s achieved, he’s done on his own. Now he faces a hard season, which is fine. He’s been prepped for it. We’ll see what happens. I am looking forward to it!”
Alexander continued: “It was the way he did it! He looked like he was in trouble going through the 400m and then he picked it up. What I liked most was his turn of foot and that he won so easily after making up tons of ground. He’s a special horse.”
Now, he says, it’s just a matter of keeping Pierre Jourdan on track for the other two SASCOC Triple Crown races, the 1800m SA Classic and 2450m SA Derby. And, given the way Pierre Jourdan won the Gauteng Guineas, the 1800m of the SA Classic should not pose any stamina problems for the Parade Leader gelding.
Pierre Jourdan took Saturday’s race well, his trainer said. “He’s got a nice, even temperament, which makes him easy to train.”
Although the Racing Express panel believe Pierre Jourdan to be the Star for February, they did feel that Mike de Kock deserves a special mention.
Among Mike de Kock’s 13 local winners in February were five feature successes: Mother Russia (Empress Club Stakes Gr1), Fisani (Gauteng Fillies Guineas Gr1), Braggadacio (Hawaii Stakes Gr2), Rudra (Wolf Power Handicap) and Milk And Honey (Acacia Handicap). He has also had 11 winners at the Dubai International Racing Carnival since it started on 28 January and is currently standing second on the Dubai trainers’ log.