TIMOTHY Pretorius would probably laugh at his own expense when he is called a “Christmas Jockey”, but he’ll probably also say, “So what, watch me!” after his excellent win on Steal A March in Race 3 over 1400m at Turffontein on Tuesday night.
Pretorius had ridden trainer Stuart Pettigrew’s three-year-old gelding to three places from four previous starts and Steal A March was cherry ripe on Tuesday – a situation that would often call for one of the log-topping jocks to take over and get the spoils, but Pretorius retained the ride.
Steal A March came from off the pace, found galloping room near the rail and then ran on strongly with Pretorius keeping his head down and staying cool under pressure.
Pettigrew commented: “Trainers need decent horses to train, otherwise they can’t win. Jockeys need decent mounts to ride winners. Timothy well deserved his winner, he comes to ride work for me once or twice a week, he is a nice person I enjoy having around. He came head-to-head with Andrew Fortune in this finish and rode a well-judged race, did everything right.”
Steal A March, by King Of Kings, was a R50,000 purchase from the 2015 National Two-Year-Old Sale and races for Craig Chetty, Anton Marx and Pettigrew’s son Ryan.
The trainer added: “He was a cheapie, a nice horse for the partnership and he’d be a nice prospect for racing in Mauritius. I know the limits of my horses, this one would be a good sell to the island and then we could upgrade and race a more expensive horse for the guys involved. That’s the way I like to grow.”
Photo: Steal A March (Timothy Pretorius), with connections in winner’s enclosure.