Stuart Pettigrew seldom leaves for home without drawing some blood and it was no different at Hollywoodbets Greyville yesterday as American Indian continued his good form with a fluent victory in the fifth.
Apprentice Luke Ferraris – who unfortunately will miss out on the Vodacom Durban July with his mount Magnificent Seven being scratched yesterday – had something of an armchair ride as he went clear a long way out. He was chased home by the luckless Silva’s Bullet who must surely have a change of luck soon.
The scratching of Magnificent Seven left the way clear for the filly Camphorates. Robbie Hill has her entered for the KZN Million Mile this Saturday and it will be interesting to see whether he scratches from this Saturday or next Saturday or races the Gr1 Empress Club winner in both.
Hill was in the winner’s box as Hey Jude motored home in the fourth. Bernard Fayd’Herbe was hard at work on favourite Isikhwami Sami a long way out and just when it looked as if his vigorous efforts had paid off, Anton Marcus arrived with a wet sail, Hey Jude rattling home under hands and heels.
Point Of Sale looked to be the right horse in the opening leg of the Pick 6 but she found one too good for her in Jack’s Bird. Well handled by apprentice Ashton Arries, Jack’s Bird flew home to collar Point Of Sale with the balance well beaten.
Michael Roberts has high hopes for the filly that was part of the groom’s cooperative at Cheveley Stud and bought for R175k.
Apprentice Jason Gates rounded off the day with a double and will next step out claiming 1.5kg. It was a welcome change for Lowan Denysschen as Eternal Words put plenty of daylight between herself and favourite Kilvington.
Gates was on the mark again, this time for Brett Crawford with Oloye revelling in the switch back to poly.
Dons Assembly, an entry for the Super Sale at Greyville next week, scored a timely win in the second for Dean Kannemeyer. Badly hampered at his last start, Dons Assembly made short work of his opposition. “He’s on the market,” concluded Kannemeyer.
By Andrew Harrison