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Main Picture: Aldo Domeyer acknowledges the performance of Charles Dickens at Hollywoodbets Durbanville yesterday (Chase Liebenberg). 

Cape Racing

The Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Charles Dickens’ victory under Aldo Domeyer over 1250m yesterday has been reported to be the most impressive at Hollywoodbets Durbanville this season.
The Drakenstein Stud-bred colt was one of three horses carrying 60kg in the Graduation Plate event and those three gave the rest of the field 3kg.
He went into the race rated 107 and might be raised a point or two, considering he gave the 96-rated runner up Iconic Destination 3kg and a 3,25 length beating. 
The Trippi colt is a full-brother to the five-year-old Justin Snaith-trained gelding Somerset Maugham, who had earlier been declared the winner of the Listed Hollywoodbets Settlers Trophy over 2000m after an objection on his behalf was upheld.
The Glen Kotzen-trained Han Solo (Master Of My Fate) had crossed the line a short-head in front under Calvin Habib. He came from last but while attempting to overtake Somerset Maughan he carried the latter inward and appeared to bump him once too. 
The official stipendiary steward report stated:

At the 100m SOMERSET MAUGHAM (R Fourie) changed stride and became momentarily unbalanced when brushed inwards by HAN SOLO (C Habib), which was hanging in and shifted in. After being straightened HAN SOLO (C Habib) continued to shift in slightly and brushed SOMERSET MAUGHAM (R Fourie) shortly before the finish.  Trainer SJ Snaith called a race review regarding this incident, which was followed by an Objection being lodged by Jockey R Fourie, the rider of the 2nd placed horse SOMERSET MAUGHAM against the winner HAN SOLO (C Habib) on the grounds of interference in the latter stages.  The Objection Board, after giving due regard to the evidence put forward, reviewing the patrol films and giving consideration to the margin of 0,05 of a length between the two horses concerned, was of the opinion that but for the interference SOMERSET MAUGHAM would have finished ahead of HAN SOLO had this incident not occurred and therefore upheld the Objection.  Jockey Fourie’s deposit was refunded.

Jockey R Fourie was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop) in that he misused his crop by striking SOMERSET MAUGHAM more than 12 times in the entire race. Jockey R Fourie signed an admission of guilt and was fined R2500,00. In determining penalty, the Board took into account the distance over and manner in which Jockey R Fourie used his crop, Jockey R Fourie’s recent record, the number of strikes (14) over the permissible level and the value of the race.

Picture: The Justin Snaith-trained Somerset Maughan (light blue colours), ridden by Richard Fourie, Is about to be touched Off By Han Solo In the Listed Hollywoodbets Settlers Trophy over 2000m yesterday, but an objection lodged was upheld and he was declared the winner. (Wayne Marks)

Somerset Maughan was carrying 55kg off a 98 merit rating in the handicap event.
Drakenstein had a record 18 individual stakes winners last season and Somerset Maughan becomes their second individual stakes winner this season, the other having been the Alan Greeff-trained Grazinginthegrass (Master Of My Fate) in the Listed Memorial Mile on the Fairview turf. 
Both Charles Dickens and Somerset Maughan are also owned by Drakenstein Stud.