Jack Milner: I am often amazed how some punters stay out of work riders’ events. If you look at the results over time, they tend to follow form.
Riders like Samuel Mosia and Francis Semela get some good rides and make the most of them, so it comes as no surprise they look likely to fight out Leg 3 of the Work Riders’ Challenge at Turffontein on Saturday.
They go into the final leg with Mosia on 77 points and Semela on 64.
It would take something phenomenal from third-placed Goodman Dadamasi, on 38 points, to win the Challenge.
At stake for the winner is R20,000, with R10,000 going to the runner-up and R5,000 to the third-placed rider.
There is also another R5,000 prize for the individual winner of Leg 3.
Semela does not have a ride in Race 1 so that should give Mosia a chance to extend his advantage if unraced Pera Palace has any ability. Mosia also has the edge in Race 2 where he rides likely favourite Bono.
Semela has the opportunity to make a comeback in Race 3 on Gotoluvher and Race 5 on Houston Rocket.
The meeting is heading for a thrilling showdown!
The Work Riders’ Challenge was introduced in 2008 by Phumelela, the Racing Association and the Thoroughbred Horseracing Trust to showcase the talents of the riders who have graduated from the Work Riders’ Training Programme.
The programme is funded by the Thoroughbred Horseracing Trust and run by former champion jockey-turned-trainer James Maree.