Bernard Fayd’Herbe, originally sidelined until August 28, has now been ruled out of action until the end of November with the sahorseracing.co.za website altering the period of his absence to August 8 – November 30.
Fayd’Herbe was unavailable for comment yesterday but his agent Ken Nicol said: “Originally Bernard was to rest for a month but when he went back to the doctors they said he needed a bit longer.”
Nicol had previously explained in a tabonline.co.za article that the original lay-off was a precaution because a routine medical check-up had revealed signs of concussion, not due to any single fall but more a cumulative effect. He confirmed yesterday that this is still the case.
Fayd’Herbe – three Mets and two Vodacom Derby Julys to his credit –is one of the most sought-after jockeys in the country and his continued absence will present problems for several of the leading Cape Town trainers who are already having to fly in riders from other centres to take the place of the now Hong Kong-based Aldo Domeyer and Grant van Niekerk.
Warren Kennedy, who last week rode at Durbanville for the first time since shortly after completing his apprenticeship, is back for Kenilworth on Wednesday when he has four rides for Adam Marcus and one each for Geoff Woodruff, Mike Robinson and Paddy Kruyer.
Muzi Yeni rides for Eric Sands, Greg Ennion and Glen Puller while Keagan de Melo, now a regular visitor, gets the call from Ennion, Justin Snaith, Candice Bass-Robinson and Glen Kotzen.
But it is the Snaith/Richard Fourie combination that dominates the early betting with either the favourite or a joint favourite in seven of the eight races.
Some punters are already looking to Kenilworth’s Sophomore Sprint card on Saturday when the Snaith stable is bringing back potential bankers Queensbarns and Frank Lloyd Wright in the two 1 400m handicaps. Queensbarns won her maiden by over five lengths last month (Snaith: “She is a bit of a hot filly but she is nice”) and Frank Lloyd Wright has won his last two in the manner of a horse who should be followed until he gets beaten. Fourie rides both.
By Michael Clower