If ever there was a certainty beaten it was Mr Fitz in the sixth at Hollywoodbets Greyville yesterday. Donovan Dillon had the race at his mercy approaching the final 150m as he tackled Graduate but as the pair crossed from sun into the shadow of the grandstand, Mr Fitz ducked in, losing momentum.
Mr Fitz came back hard at Graduate who had the advantage but if they had looked left, they would have caught sight of a low-flying Drunken Sailor who nailed both on the line. Muzi Yeni left it late on Yogas Govender’s gelding who had found some inspired market support.
Favourite Solid Gold sat up handy in the early exchanges but the red light on his fuel gauge was blinking a long way out.
The money was on the mark for Tony Rivalland’s gelding Dispicable in the first, the big-striding chestnut son of Var making a smart debut.
Mark Khan had something of an armchair ride on favourite Fire Faerie, Nathan Kotzen’s filly far too good for her rivals. It was a first leg of a Khan double as he rode a storming finish on the seven-year-old Mythical Magic for Lezeanne Forbes two races later.
One runner, one winner for Duncan Howells as All The Way Up took no prisoners in the third. Yeni took the gelding to the front and kept rolling to win comfortably, the addition of a tongue-tie doing the trick.
There was drama in the last as Daydream Believer played up in the gate and some very brave starter’s assistant standing his ground in front of a rearing horse. Also affected was She’s A Crusade in the neighbouring stall and both were withdrawn.
In an almost carbon copy of Drunken Sailor’s win, Yaas and Be Happy fought it out nose and nose for the line before apprentice Yuzae Ramzan turned up the wick on Noemi, going from last to first inside of two furlongs.
By Andrew Harrison