CHAMPIONS SEASON ENDS WITH WIN FROM CHAMPION JOCKEY
*Caption: Handlers put victory sash over Enaad
Written by: Venal Naidu
Jockey S’manga Khumalo rode Enaad to victory in the eLAN Group Gold Cup for trainer Mike de Kok at Greyville yesterday.
A star studded line up graced the Greyville turf for the final time this season as the Gold Cup race day took place.
The eLAN Group Gold Cup was the headlining race of the day for stakes of R1, 25 million and it was won in scintillating fashion by Enaad who was the favourite.
Khumalo, who also won the jockeys championship, was ecstatic with the victory and in his post-race interview he thanked the de Kok stable for prepping the horse exceptionally well.
The race that many punters were looking forward to was the Grade 1 on the card.
“The race that I came to watch is the Mike and Carol Bass Grade 1 Premier Champion stakes,” said Collin Peters a horse racing fanatic.
The race was fittingly won by Mike Bass trained Marineresco. The horse started odds on and Jockey Grant van Niekerk in his post-race interview said that this is the best horse he has ever ridden.
“It’s even better than the great Pocket Power,” said van Niekerk.
Mike Bass who has been in racing for over 40 years thanked Gold circle for honouring him by naming the race after him and his wife in his farewell speech.
Bass will hand over his racing licence to his daughter Candice when the new season starts and said that he knows she will do an excellent job.
“I leave the racing world in good hands, I know that Candice will do well,” said Bass.
Thousands of people attended the last race meeting of the season, Sohail Yunus who was there for every race meeting this season said that he couldn’t believe it was over,
“It was a good season but all good things seem to go by too quickly,” said Yunus.
The next season to look forward to for racing lovers is the Highveld season which starts at the end of August.