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Picture: Anthony Andrews and Patrick Merven, and delighted connections, after completing the four-timer with Trip To The Sky (Trippi) (Patrick Merven Stable Fans Page (Facebook)).

Anthony Andrews rode four winners for the Patrick Merven stable at Champ De Mars in Mauritius on Saturday.
 
Jockeys who rode five winners in a day in Mauritius are automatically inducted into the island’s Hall Of Fame. 
 
Andrews had a chance of joining the elite circle of jockeys who have done so, one of them being South African Derreck David. 
 
However, in the eighth and last race of the day his 11/4 chance, the Merven-trained Viking Trail (Pathfork) could only manage 6th, although he was beaten only 1,60 lengths.

 

The run began with the favourite Betathantherest (Pomodoro) in the second race and he showed a fine turn of foot to convert 5/4 odds by a comfortable 2,60 lengths.
 
Imperial Rage (Judpot) was backed in from 12/1 to 6/1 to win the next over 1850m and did so by 1,60 lengths. He found a good position in the running and stayed on well. 
 
Andrews and Merven then made it a quick treble when Secret Circle (Querari) Secret Circle converted 7/10 favouritism by a comfortable 2,50 lengths over 1600m in the fourth race.
 
Andrews and Merven made it a four-timer in the seventh race with Trip To The Sky (Trippi), who won by a length over 1365m at 3/1 odds.
 
It was the best day of Andrews’ career and what made it extra special was his parents, Terry and Annabel Andrews of Sorrento Stud in the Western Cape, were there to watch it. 
 
Andrews is on top of the Mauritius jockeys log at present with 8 winners for the season achieved at a strike rate of 30%. He shares the lead with Brazillian Jose De Souza.
 
Merven has already had 12 winners this season.