IF there were fewer myths and half-truths in racing we’d all be happier, and punters will probably be winning more often.
One piece of traditional nonsense, for example, is that horses with four white hooves, or four white “socks” are below-par animals that should be avoided by owners, trainers and horseplayers.
There is even a poem for this: “One sock — buy him. Two socks — try him.
Three socks — doubt him. Four socks — do without him.”
Tell that to Alec and Gillian Foster, John Freeman and Snaith racing and they’ll chuckle at you after Twice Over’s son Doublemint, a flashy chestnut colt with four white socks, raced away in good style to win the Gr3 Highlands Stud Winter Derby (Gr3) with Doublemint.
UK-based, the Fosters won their first Gr1 Cape Guineas last year with Tap O’Noth, and now they have a good Cape Summer Season and 2019 KZN Champions Season contender in Doublemint, who trashed the opposition coming from midfield, winning by 3.25-lengths from Spring Man and Ballad Of The Sea.
There is no doubt about this one’s ability. Grant van Niekerk pushed the button exactly 400m from the line and Doublemint accelerated smartly, putting the result as good as in the frame in a matter of seconds, the jock confirming afterwards that “this is a definite Gr1 Candidate”.
Bloodstock consultant Freeman, who assists Foster with his matings, would have been very chuffed with himself having put his faith in Klawervlei Stud’s Twice Over, who is rewarding investors and supporters handsomely, including the success of this home-bred.
Twice Over, who sired last week’s Durban July winner Do It Again, is proving to be prolific and versatile at stud having produced Grade 1 winners over 1200m and 2200m, and now a promising Gr3 winner over 2400m from his first two crops.
Doublemint himself is a model of consistency. He boasts four wins and five places from 10 starts and has earned the Fosters R576,000 in stakes.
Meanwhile owner Chris Gerber and trainer Eric Sands will also be quite pleased this morning, having beaten Doublemint twice in the Winter Guineas and Winter Classic respectively with Rainbow Bridge. Another race alongside the Snaith runner is keenly awaited.