Brett Crawford Racing had a memorable day at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth today (Photo: Wayne Marks)
Racing at this time of the year at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth is of a high class and ultra competitive, but that did not stop Futura park-based trainer Brett Crawford from scoring a five-timer at the eight race meeting today.
Mauritius’ most famous colours, the light blue, red chevron and cap of the Gujadhur family, was carried by three of the winners.
Mr Mukund Gujadhur has the colours registered out here and also part-owned one of the other winners, so that was a four-timer for him on the day.
Crawford won the last four races, which meant he trained the second jackpot, which paid a decent R2087.50.
Stable jockey Luyolo Mxothwa rode two of the winners, Richard Fourie rode two and Craig Zackey rode one.
Brett had a big team of 13 horses today, but only competed in seven of the eight races and in the sixth race he got the trifecta.
He did not look to have any clear cut chances, but a lot of them were among the more fancied contestants, so it will go down as a memorable day.
In the second race Princess Izzy (Master of My Fate) carried topweight of 60.5kg in the Class 4 fillies and mares event and ran on stronglyfrom near the back for second under Mxothwa.
In the third, a Maiden over 1600m, Crawford’s well bred Vercingetorix colt Join The Dots had made a fair debut over 1400m and found some support from 14/10 into 10/1. He relished the step up in trip and came from midfield with a telling run down the inside to win by a cosy 0,75 lengths from the 9/2 favourite Foudre.
He only had one runner in the fourth, Champagne Mac, who finished sixth.
In the fifth his Master Of My Fate colt Big Unit is not the most imposing sort and Mxothwa did a fine job of keeping him going after he had hit the front from a handy position at the 300m mark. He held on by 0,3 lengths in the Class 4 1400m event to convert odds of 9/2.
In the sixth, a class 3 event over 1400m, Crawford’s Futura gelding Future Prince was favourite and looked the winner until scythed down late by stablemate Zil Moris, a Fire Away gelding who was produced on the outside by Fourie. Crawford’s Dynasty gelding Allez Moris was returning from a ten month layoff and finished third at odds of 125/1 to clinch a stable trifecta.
In the seventh, a Class 5 over 1200m, Craig Zackey rode a clever race, tacking a lone path down the inside in the early stages before switching to the centre. The Silvano gelding Grand Bay, who is a full-brother to 113-rated Silvano’s Dasher, stayed on strongly to win by 1,25 lengths at 6/1 odds.
In the last race, a class 3 over 1000m, The Abdicator has only one way of running as he does not settle well, but Fourie used his good pace to carve out a big lead and he just held on from the exciting prospect Future Variety, winning by a head at 9/2 odds.