Aldo Domeyer is to make a surprise return from Hong Kong and he will be in action at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Alan Greeff has booked him for ante-post favourite World Radar in the Western Cape Fillies Championship and he has two mounts for Andre Nel – Congo Compaq in the mile maiden and Vikram in the MR90 Handicap.
When Domeyer did so well in his first few months in Hong Kong that he was offered a contract to return for the current season many feared that he had been lost to South African racing for good. Jockeys can earn a fortune in Hong Kong and Grant van Niekerk (who rode a double at Sha Tin yesterday) has spoken of the thrill of riding in front of 50 000 people at meeting after meeting.
Before he left in April Domeyer was first jockey for Candice Bass-Robinson who said: “I am bringing down Stuart Randolph for my runners this Saturday. Aldo will again be riding for me in the future but it depends on how long he is going to stay.”
Greeff said yesterday that World Radar, impressive winner of her only two starts, is to travel from Port Elizabeth on Thursday. African Warrior is 3-1 favourite for Saturday’s Cape Classic despite doubts about him running because of the weight he has to give away from a bad draw.
Dean Kannemeyer is deferring a decision until this morning and said on Saturday: “I am not ruling anything out at the moment and African Warrior is still under consideration. Liberty Hall and Seventh Gear both did pacework over 1 200m at Durbanville on Thursday. They didn’t gallop together but they worked well. Seventh Gear is nicely drawn but he still has to prove himself. I will see how they go on Monday morning and then decide.”
By Michael Clower