Click above to watch Imbongi’s brave run in the US$5,000,000 Dubai Duty Free (Gr1)
(Image : ERA - Footage : Dubai Racing)
HUGE WEEK IN SOUTH AFRICAN HORSERACING HISTORY
You’d have thought after five consecutive Breeders’ Championships, we’d be blazé about a couple of Stakes victories on a weekend. Not a word of it; it’s moments like these that stir this team to rush to their posts at 06h30 in the mornings, at minus 5°C in the dark of winter. Together with Imbongi’sUS$500,000 haul in Dubai, our nine winners for the week included 3 Black type victories, 3 other Stakes performances, and in excess of R5,5million in prizes for those owners whose enterprise led them to invest in these horses when they came under the hammer in their time.
Pierre Jourdan’s epochal devastation of the best of his generation in the R2million SA Classic (Gr1) positions him as the first horse since the legend, Horse Chestnut, to have a crack at the SASCOC Triple Crown, and we can be sure that Turffontein will be a sell-out come the 24th of April, when he goes to post for the SA Derby (Gr1).
No less of an achievement though, was Hear The Drums’ smashing 32nd victory in the East Cape Cup Sprint (Listed), making him the joint winningmost racehorse of all time. In the euphoria which Pierre Jourdan has engendered in the minds of racegoers, it’s easy to lose sight of what this fellow’s achieved, but his purchase price as a Ready To Run candidate of just R42,000 and his earnings of R1,8million, place a fresh perspective on what he’s done for Peter Fabricius and Des McLachlan.
As if giving notice that this show’s far from over, Oochee Agent put up her hand with a flying finish in the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr3), taking her to the top of the Juvenile fillies’ class for the time being, and catapulting her freshman sire, Cataloochee to category leader in his class as well.
It was a big weekend for South Africa in Dubai, with Mike de Kock claiming his fifth UAE Derby, and Lizard’s Desire a whisker from history in the world’s richest race ever. But let’s not get away from Imbongi’s brave effort in the US$5million Dubai Duty Free (Gr1). Don’t forget, he’s just emerged from a tough Carnival campaign as their Victor Ludorum, and he must’ve gone to this event a tired but willing horse. He never fails to give his best, and when many of his internationally illustrious adversaries had thrown in the towel, he was still there, plugging away as though he knew that a final lunge would net his owners half a million US Dollars. (Click here to read more : Charl Pretorius’ www.racingweb.co.za)