SOUTH African Keagan Latham’s delight in finishing second aboard Eleven Eleven in the $2-million Magic Millions Guineas to Alligator Blood, turned to jubilation when it was announced that Eleven Eleven had become the official winners of the race.
Tony Kneebone reported in Australia’s Winning Post that this windfall came about following Aligator Blood’s disqualification after a dope test.
Latham (32) commented: “(The extra $35,000) will come in handy as my wife Nancy and I intend on applying for permanent residence in Australia. I do wish I could have won the race in January when it was contested, as the publicity would have been invaluable.
“For someone like me, it would have put me in the limelight when I was trying to establish myself. It’s very different having a quiet victory six months down the track, but I’ll take it of course!”
Latham rode successfully in South Africa, Ireland and Mauritius before settling in Australia, where the likes of Jeff Lloyd, Robbie Fradd and Glyn Schofield have become household names in racing, in 2017.
“We’re extremely happy here,” said Latham, who rode 85 winners last season at a 17.1% strike rate in New South Wales, where he achieved a Top 10 finish.
Pic: Keagan Latham (Bradley Photography).