JACK MILNER: TRAINER Yogas Govender and jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe have always been a formidable combination and they can add to their reputation when they team up with Winter Migrant in Race 7 at Kenilworth on Wednesday.
The three-year-old contests a Novice Plate over 1600m and is well treated under the race conditions. Winter Migrant started his racing career in style last September when beating More Of Me in a Maiden Plate over 1200m in heavy going. He clearly surprised his connections as he was allowed to go off at 22-1. To make that effort even more impressive, jockey Andrew Fortune dropped a rein 250m from the line and Winter Migrant was still able to win by 1.25 lengths.
His next two races were at Durbanville. He was a trifle unlucky not to win his second start – again with Fortune up. He hung out late and failed by just 0.30 lengths to snare Heavenly Bandit over 1400m.
In his third start the son of Western Winter lost ground at the start and then nearly pulled jockey Felix Coetzee out of the saddle. Clearly, he could never keep it up and it came as little surprise when he dropped out finish 10.85 lengths behind Alula Borealis.
Govender brought his charge back to Kenilworth for his last two outings and both were pretty decent. In his penultimate start he proved an awkward ride for Brandon Morgenrood but still managed to run a two-length third to Final Button. Morgenrood was up again last time and Winter Migrant flew late at leader Gatsby, only to be denied by a fast-diminishing head.
That was the first time Winter Migrant behaved like a racehorse and with Fayd’Herbe aboard this time, he will be very hard to beat.