The KZN Falcons won yesterday’s Rider Cup and one of their members, Keagan de Melo, was crowned Victor Ladorum.
The favourites, the Highveld Hawks, got off to a good start when Muzi Yeni won the opener on the Sean Tarry-trained Highveld raider Over The Limit. De Melo was just touched off on Duchess Lane and that was a boost to the Falcons chances. However, S’Manga Khumalo and Lyle Hewitson finished third and fourth in this race and Ryan Munger sixth, to give the Hawks a tally of 54 after the first with the Falcons on 32 and the Cape Eagles on 26.
In the second race there was another ding-dong tussle down the straight and it was Sean Veale on the Mike Miller-trained Stormbourne Thunder who got the better of Bernard Fayd’Herbe on Spam Alert. Eden Garden Glitz with Munger up finished third. The Hawks collected 28 points to remain in the lead on 82 points but the Eagles and Falcons collected 45 and 39 points respectively to close the gap and were both on 71 points.
The third leg saw another thriller and it was De Melo who exacted a strong finish out of the Paul Gadsby-trained Isla Morada to deny Greg Cheyne on Such A Rush and Muzi Yeni on Bronnie. The Falcons scored 44 points this leg to the Hawks’ 24 and they thus swooped into the lead with a tally of 115 to 106. The Eagles scored 33 points in this leg and now trailed on 104 points.
Anton Marcus brought the favourite Gimmie A Cohiba home in the last to an easy victory from De Melo on Gibraltar Green and Hewitson on Techno Captain.
The Falcons had thus wrapped it up comfortably.
Their tally of 46 points in the last leg took them to a total for the competition of 161 points. The Eagles scored 31 points in the last leg to finish second on 135 points and the Hawks 24 points relegated them to last place on 130 points.
De Melo collected an impressive 59 points to Bernard Fayd’Herbe’s 47. Yeni was third on 44 points.
By David Thiselton
Image Caption: The KZN Falcons claimed the New Turf Carriers Rider Cup at Hollywoodbets Greyville in convincing fashion yesterday. Led by captain Anton Marcus, their tally of 46 points in the last leg took them to a total of 161 points for the competition.
The Cape Eagles scored 31 points in the last leg to finish second on 135 points and the Highveld Hawks 24 points relegating them to last place on 130 points.
De Melo collected 59 individual points to Bernard Fayd’Herbe’s 47. Yeni was third on 44 points.
The Highveld Hawks were bidding for their third straight win in the annual competition.
KZN riders won three of the four legs, De Melo, Veal and Marcus obliging with Muzi Yeni claiming the first leg on the Sean Tarry-trained Over The Limit. From left: Michael Sham from New Turf Carriers, Victor Ladorum Keagan de Melo, Falcons captain Anton Marcus, Warren Kenney, Sean Veal and Matthew Sham of New Turf. (Image Credit: Candiese Marnewick)