Fourie’s title thoughts

Fourie’s title thoughts


Richard Fourie intends going for the national jockey championship if he is within striking distance of the leaders in the last few months of the season.

He rode a four-timer at Durbanville on Saturday to add to his double at the country course last Wednesday and said: “My target is 200 winners and the championship depends on the support I get. I am riding freelance – I am not retained by the Chrigor Stud (still his sponsor) this season – but, if I need to give it a little bit extra at the end, I will.”

With Grant van Niekerk on his way to Hong Kong, Fourie is much in demand from Snaith Racing which has supplied all his six winners so far and Chris Snaith remarked: “Richard is always worth a length or two.”

The most significant, and certainly the shortest-priced, of Saturday’s four was Frank Lloyd Wright who weakened from a prohibitive 1-5 to 1-3 for the TAB Telebet Maiden Plate. This Captain Al colt made most of the running in the distinctive Qatar Racing colours with his rider doing little more in the final 200m than twice looking back for what proved to be non-existent dangers.

“He has a good future,” said Fourie. “He is a couple of lengths behind the best but he had the experience and he won like it. He gave me a good feel.”

But punters and racegoers alike are apparently going to have to wait a bit. “We have raced him a little more than we would have liked so we will now ease up on him and put him away for the Cape summer season,” said Jonathan Snaith.

“He is a class horse and hopefully the best is still to come. He is possibly a Guineas horse and he qualifies for the R5 million CTS Mile. But his performance here tells you how impressive the Langerman winner One World was. He gave us a galloping lesson and I think he is definitely the Guineas favourite at the moment.” – Gold Circle

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