BARRING visiting Zimbabwean Brian Makwabarara, there wasn’t an expert in South Africa who gave The Conglomerate a realistic winning chance in Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July.

Trainer Joey Ramsden kept the faith, and for him the win was satisfying in any number of ways, hence that rare glow of inner peace evident on his face in a photo taken at his Durban yard on Monday. (Or has he joined a religious cult, perhaps?)

“The Conglomerate pulled up better than me after his brilliant win the the July,” joked Ramsden on Twitter. He also conveyed his thanks to owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste, Racing Manager Derek Brugman and jockey Piere Strydom.

He told about messages of thanks from many friends and supporters, and being stopped in the street by racing fans with good wishes.

As for pulling up with a niggle or two, Ramsden may be referring to the after-effects of a Sunday luncheon with the likes of Mike de Kock, “Curly” Grant and Chris Haynes in close proximity at his long celebration table.

A well-deserved rave and glorious moments for a well-deserved Durban July. Long may it last for Joey, the popular Horseman and Brit.




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