Danie Toerien – It was sweet, sweet revenge at Turffontein on Saturday for the Mike and Adam Azzie-trained Rivarine when he took the honours in the Grade 1 ComputaForm Sprint over 1000m.
The six-year-old Var gelding was followed home by Russet Air and Chimichuri Run, with the tote favourite, Mr Flood, finishing in fourth place.
The veteran of 34 races, with Devin Habib in the irons, added a seventh career victory to his resume in spectacular style, edging out the Candice Bass-Robinson’s visitor from Cape Town by 0.25 lengths, denying another veteran, Piere Strydom, a fourth victory on Champions Day.
Strydom was aboard Russet Air due to the fact that regular jockey Aldo Domeyer is stuck in Cape Town due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Rivarine paid a whopping R33 on the tote for the win.
Rivarine had to settle for second place behind Mr Flood in his only post-lockdown run about three weeks ago, but today turned the tables in exceptional style, recording a winning time of 56.72 seconds.
According to Habib, Rivarine jumped perfectly, allowing him to settle the horse and bide his time before making his move.
“We had a plan, we stuck to the plan and it worked out perfectly for us,” said the jockey, adding that all the credit must go to the trainers, especially Adam Azzie.
“They prepared the horse perfectly and the plan worked.”
According to Adam Azzie the track conditions suited his runner to a tee, as he doesn’t like a soft or wet track. He prefers a very dry track as he likes to come off the pace.
“He’s improving as he is maturing and he’s sorted his niggles out himself,” said Azzie.