A dream comes true for Alan Barkhuizen as he leads in his first winner on Monday at Hollywoodbets Greyville (Picture: Candiese Lenferna Photography).
There could hardly have been a more fitting big money winner of the Hollywoodbets Punters Challenge than Alan Barkhuizen.
Alan has dreamt of leading in a winner in his own colours since the age of 15 or 16 and recently the chances of it becoming a reality were increased greatly when he won R1.5 million in the Hollywoodbets Punters Challenge.
Alan used some of the money to take a share in the Willow Magic mare Magicallee, who was purchased out of the Kom Naidoo stable by Gary Rich on the BSA April Online auction for R22,500.
Alan is one of four new owners of Magicallee, the others being Gary Rich and his son James Rich and Derek Sajoe.
She is the first racehorse Alan has ever owned and she runs in his newly created colours, white, black anchor, blue collar and sleeves, blue cap, black anchor and peak.
Alan had to wait just two runs after the purchase to realise his dream.
On Monday champion jockey elect Keagan de Melo sat in second place in the running on Magicallee in a 1000m event on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly.
Keagan produced her early in the straight and she stayed on resolutely to win by 1,20 lengths at odds of 7/2.
It was her second run for the Rich stable and Gary’s second winner since relocating from Ashburton to Summerveld.
Alan said in the winnining interview, “I’ve been in horseracing for a long time but never had the money. Hollywood have given me the opportunity to live my dream and I really appreciate that.”
He continued, “First of all to the groom (Nkoosoxolo Nunu) thank you for looking after my horse so well. To Gary, whom I have known since 1980, I will always trust you. He’s now called the magician! And to my son for designing the colours. And last but not least to my wife. My wife has always allowed me to follow my passion, which is horseracing, and I thank you for that. And I think I’ve done enough with the R1.5 mil!”
Magicallee will continue to be competitive, although De Melo did recommend putting on a claimer next time to alleviate the merit rating raise she will receive from the handicapper.