The eight race Hollywoodbets Scottsville meeting yesterday saw fairly favourable results for punters until the last leg of the Pick 6 and PA which produced a bombshell.
In the third race the Dennis Drier-trained Maidens Prayer looked the best bet on the card, having finished an unlucky 1,80 length fourth in the Grade 2 Debutante over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on eLan Gold Cup day and now facing an uninspiring maiden field over that same trip. She duly went off paying R1.30 on the Tote. The What A Winter filly gave her supporters a few anxious moments as she had to be driven by Sean Veale to get into the leading line. However, with challengers all around her she shook them off and was drawing away at the line to beat Retail Therapy by 0,90 lengths.
Drier’s progressive sprinter Cabo Da Cruz jumped off at odds-on in the next, a MR 104 handicap over 1200m, where he was going for a fifth win in succession. However, the Yogas Govender-trained Filippo caught him napping when swooping past at the 300m mark. The latter, a Piemonte Stud-bred Toreador gelding, is best at the minimum trip so Cabo Da Cruz was able to fight back but it was too late and he was 0,25 lengths shy at the line. Filippo was ridden by Sherman Brown.
The meeting started on a dramatic note when Athandiwe Mgudlwa’s mount in the 1200m Maiden, Forest Jump, stumbled on to his knees and threw him off. At the same time Raymond Danielson was left clinging to the front of the starting stalls as his mount Staff Sergeant put his head into the neighbouring stall before jumping. The latter incident could not be blamed on a handler or faulty starting machinery so Staff Sergeant could not be declared a non-runner.
It was a day to forget for Danielson as his mount in the fourth race Mr Roy collapsed after the line, forcing him to jump off, and thereby hurting his hip. He was booked off for the rest of the day.
The first race in the end was won in easy style on debut by the Mike Miller-trained Dynasty colt, Monarchy, who was bred by G and J Davies and ridden by Sereno Moodley.
Mgudlwa bounced back from his fall to win the second over 1200m on the Garth Puller trained favourite Winter Chill, a What A Winter colt bred by the late GJ Royden-Turner.
The fifth race, a Mr 68 handicap saw the Michael Roberts trained favourite Great Dictator, a six year-old Great Britain gelding bred by GJ Armitage and ridden by Warren Kennedy, holding off Jonathon in a stirring duel.
The sixth, a MR 98 handicap over 1600m, also produced an exciting finish. Statute, a five-year-old Dynasty mare bred by Cheveley Stud, enjoyed the step up in trip and under a well-timed ride by Mark Khan got the better of Heart Of A Legend and Red Al to give Roberts a double.
In the seventh, a MR 80 Handicap over 2400m, the Sean Tarry-trained five-year-old Await The Dawn gelding Before Noon, bred by Summerhill Stud, held on under Luke Ferraris from a fast finishing favourite Paybackthemoney.
In the last race, a fillies and mares Maiden over 1400m, the Louis Goosen-trained five-year-old Linngari mare Linnger Longer, bred by Summerhill Stud and ridden by Deon Sampson, was allowed to go off at 50-1 despite never being far off them. She came from the box seat and got the better of the pacemaker Class Of Eight, who was a 16-1 chance. The third home was 25-1 shot Enrapture so it was a bombshell result for the exotics.
By David Thiselton