ALDO RECEIVES VICTOR LUDORUM TROPHY
Ken Nicol: Aldo Domeyer shone in the PGI Jockeys Challenge sponsored by Phumelela at Kranji today, taking home the prize for top individual jockey.
He had produced a brilliantly timed finish to win Race 4, and briefly bring Team SA right back into contention.
Fittingly with each race in the series being named after one of the teams, this was titled the PGI Jockeys Challenge South Africa, and that proved prophetic.
Joao ‘Magic’ Moreira hit the front halfway up the straight on Solaris Spectrum, and looked to have done everything right.
But Domeyer produced his mount Safeer at just the right time, and pounced late to win going away by half a length.
Earlier Team SA had got off to an encouraging start in the first leg of the challenge, with Yeni (second), Domeyer (third) and Hewitson (sixth) all finishing in the points.
That first and third proved enough for Domeyer (56 points) to pip the UK’s Rab Havlin (54) and Australia’s Kerrin McEvoy (51) to the individual prize.
Australia walked off with the team honours on 119 points, just pipping the UK with 117. Team SA ended on 102, with Asia a distant last on 76.