It was an absolute scorcher of a day at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the East Coast and if yesterday’s weather was an early indication of what we can expect for the coming summer then we all better make sure that our aircon’s and fans are in good working order.
Racing was just like the weather, HOT! The first race went the way of the visiting horse trained by Weiho Marwing, Orchid Street.
He won very well beating Inside Politics whom was promoted from third to second in the boardroom. Mr Samuels owns Orchid Street and this horse was a deserved winner as he has been ultra consistent. Duke Of York still looked a bit green and was being urged into the straight by jockey Stuart Randolph. The second race kicked off the Place Accumulator where Brass Bell accelerated past Lundy’s Lad in the straight whom had got first run on Garth Pullers handsome, well put together grey son of Pathfork. Talented apprentice Luke Ferraris whose record boasts two rides on this horse for a second and now a win, was rather complimentary of the victory and mentioned that he should go on in his career. Brass Bell was the first leg of Pullers double as Jack Of Hearts recorded back to back victories when he won the sixth race under a start to finish ride from apprentice Thabiso Gumede.
The opening leg of the Pick Six was the first leg of a quick double for the Tony Rivalland and Mary Liley combination where In Jest defied being drawn the widest.
This daughter of Silvano won well and in the post race interview with Deez Dayanand, Liley mentioned that she hoped this was not the last time In Jest would be seen in the winners enclosure. The quick double came with Tristful in the very next race.
He won well and held the fast finishing Kapen Pride at bay. He looks something rather special and it could pay to follow him into the summer and especially next year! Twice To Sydney went down to the start for the fifth by far the best in my opinion and duly obliged. This was her first run out the maidens and she impressed. The seventh was a tough race but the punters did not want to know as the money came for Ultra Magnus whom ended up being an ultra impressive winner. Jockey Donovan Dillon went to the head of affairs and asked his mount for maximum effort in the closing stages under a hands and heels ride. He found all the way to the line and held off a low flying Wynkelder from the tail of the field.
The connections of Ultra Magnus mentioned that they were hoping to have a crack at the Merchants in Gauteng and why not.
Proud part owner Graeme Hawkins was on course to see his horse win and mentioned in the post race interview that they can now go to Guateng to see if he can swim with the best of them. Hawkins owns this horse in partnership with Brian Makwabarara from Zimbabwe.
The last race of the day went off shortly after 5pm where it had thankfully got much cooler by then and the Dennis Bosch trained Graduate went past Share Holder easily to score.
By Warren Lenferna