Piere Strydom has been booked to ride the topweight in the eLan Gold Cup, the Frank Robinson-trained Roy Had Enough.
Robinson noticed there was a gap in the Mauritius program so contacted Strydom. The latter agreed to fly over from his current island base.
Roy Had Enough finished a fantastic 2,75 length seventh in the Vodacom Durban July.
The winner Do It Again shoved him outward at the top of the straight but he regathered and ran on strongly from near the back.
The Australian-bred four-year-old Pierro colt remains on a merit rating of 108 but that means he has to carry topweight in the Gold Cup.
However, Robinson revealed Anton Marcus had got off Roy Had Enough after his running-on win in the Grade 3 Track And Ball Derby over 2400m, which was run just two weeks before the July, and immediately suggested he go for the Gold Cup.
Robinson was excited to have booked Strydom for the ride.
The maestro 5000-winner-plus jockey has won the Gold Cup just once before but is known as a master tactician and judge of pace.
Roy Had Enough has a good draw of eleven among the 26 entries still standing and is quoted at 16/1 with Track And Ball.
By David Thiselton