The powerful combination of trainer Alan Greeff and jockey Greg Cheyne destroyed the opposition at Fairview on Friday. Greeff won a remarkable six races with Cheyne riding five winners.
Four of Cheyne’s winners were for Greeff, while he rode Onesie to victory for trainer Jacques Strydom in South Africa’s longest race, the Port Elizabeth Gold Cup over 3600m.
Greeff won five races in succession, visiting the winner’s enclosure in Races 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 and then added Race 9 to his list of successes.
Race 6, the Lady’s Slipper Stakes over 1400m, was one of two main events carded. Here, jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe steered CG & LF Scribante-owned Luna Wish (5-2) to victory, beating Captain Anne Bonny (8-1) by 1.25 lengths, with Blushing Bride (18-1) third and luckless Brandina (17-10) fourth.
Brandina was squeezed out at the start and again 50m from the post. However, it was a well-deserved victory for the other Scribante runner who now has three wins from four starts.
The Gold Cup was always an exciting race over the years and yesterday was no different.
Strydom remained the king of the marathon distances when 28-10 favourite Onesie proved her class with a well-judged ride by Cheyne to beat Evolver (9-2) by 0.50 lengths.
Stablemate Omaha Tribe led for most of the race, laying the foundation for Onesie to respond in the straight.
The sad part of the race was that Diego de Gouveia came off his mount, Data Link, at the 2000m mark. Luckily for the rest, loose-running Data Link did not cause any problems for the remaining riders.
It was Onesie’s fifth career win from 36 outings and pushed her earning up to R511,400.