Derryl Daniels had three rides on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly yesterday and had a best fifth place finish on former Guv’nor Glen Kotzen’s King Of Seville in the third race over 1400m.
Derryl’s mount was hampered in the straight, but, after switching inward, the balance he displayed while using the stick showed why he was once the champion apprentice.
King Of Seville ran on well for a 2,50 length fifth.
The day should have been a confidence booster for Daniels.
His brave battle out of some dark holes into the “good space” he is currently in is well documented.
He last rode in a race five-and-a-half years ago on Christmas Eve, 2017.
He said to the Sporting Post yesterday in preparation for this meeting, ““It’s a very emotional moment for me. And that’s a good sign in itself, as I was never really in touch before. And the natural spectrum of thoughts have crossed my mind. I’m 46. Am I crazy? Am I pushing myself too far? But my body and my mind say go for it, boy. It’s all thanks to the reality that I have been blessed by the love and support of so many wonderful people. I have undergone a spiritual awakening and if I can inspire just one lost soul that no hole is ever too dark or deep to come back from, then it’s all been worthwhile.”