Greg Cheyne reached the 150-winner mark for the fourth time in his illustrious career when landing the Betting World Handicap on the Andre Nel-trained 93-20 chance Silver Dazzle at Durbanville yesterday.
The Met and July-winning jockey had his best total four seasons ago when he booted home 156 winners and finished third on the national log. The closest he has yet come to the championship was in 2016/17 when he rode 152 but his second place was 46 behind Anthony Delpech.
Cheyne, 43 last month, said: “There are still quite a few meetings left this season and the way things are going I should beat 156. But otherwise it’s unbelievable – I should end up riding more winners than I have ever done yet I will only finish fifth. It just shows how competitive it is.”
Six millimetres of rain is forecast for the Kenilworth area tomorrow and there are fears that this could be enough to rule the unbeaten Run Fox Run out of Saturday’s Champagne Stakes.
Brett Crawford said yesterday: “I will be keeping a close eye on the penetrometer and if the ground is soft I won’t run her. She has too nice an action for soft going and it’s not worth risking her just for one race.”
Anton Marcus’s mount is expected to open odds-on when the first prices are posted today. In her absence Lesedi La Rona would be the likely favourite after returning to form in a pinnacle over the 1 200m trip three weeks ago.
Deshone Steyn, assistant trainer to Sean Tarry for the past 12 years, has joined Candice Bass-Robinson in the same capacity. He is to succeed Robert Fayd’Herbe who returns to Madagascar at the end of next month.
Steyn, 52, after greeting the Keagan de Melo-ridden Elusive Rain in race two yesterday, said: “Before joining Sean I trained at the Vaal for five years and sent out 64 winners but I had to give it up for financial reasons. I was offered this new job by Candice and, as my mother-in-law had passed away, my wife Dickie and I decided to move to Cape Town.”
Joey Ramsden yesterday confirmed that he will be keeping open his Milnerton yard – and his operations in other centres – at least until the end of the year, adding: “I want to reassure my owners that I am here working for you until I get more clarification regarding my visa application in Singapore.
“We are hopeful that export will open in that time (between now and the year end) and we want to be on the coal face to export our product to an international stage.”
By Michael Clower