Charlie Mccreevy was the subject of an inspired punt three runs back but ran into more traffic than in a Jo’Burg rush hour, getting out too late to land the gamble.
He disappointed at his next two starts but enjoyed better fortune in the Karatbars International Maiden at Hollywoodbets Greyville yesterday. Short-priced ante-post favourite Al Ragnar was withdraw on the morning with a swollen joint which eliminated the one major obstacle and Mark Khan took full toll on Lezzeanne Forbes’s gelding although it was not all over until the final 50 m as Charlie Mccreevy finally shook off the attentions of Ice Baron to deny Dean Kannemeyer a quartet of wins on the day.
Perfectly Putt started Mike de Kock’s raid on a high note as the odds-on favourite landed the Baker McVeigh Maiden. The gelding missed the kick but was given a confident ride by apprentice Luke Ferraris who got the favourite home where it counted.
Matthew de Kock, saddling for his father, indicated that this would not be the first raid by the stable, De Kock having closed up his Summerveld yard some three season’s back. “There are some nice maiden races here. And with the draws and draw-bias tracks (on the Highveld), we will keep our options open.”
Arnica Montana looked a safe bet for a De Kock double, but De Kock junior’s words, “I hope he’s not a tea-leaf” after his previous interview, rang disappointingly true as the 1-3 favourite could only manage a well-beaten third. Given every chance, Arnica Montana was closing late but it was left to Dutch Alley to snatch the spoils from long-time leader Self-Mastery.
Dutch Alley was the second of the Kannemeyer winners after Williams Land made short work of the opposition in the first. Williams Land, making his local debut after two modest efforts in the Cape, finished with a flourish to put four lengths of daylight between himself and second-placed Kingston Rock.
Muzi Yeni and Warren Kennedy are trading punches at the top of the national jockey log and it was all square on the day with Kennedy scoring on Williams Land and Yeni having a tougher time on Favour for the same stable in the Colesdale Estate Handicap.
From gate 15, Yeni was forced to look for cover early and turned for home seemingly out of his ground with commentator Sheldon Peters calling for wings.
The wings didn’t sprout, but Favour did finish with a flourish for his third straight win and Kannemeyer’s fourth.
By Andrew Harrison