TEMPTING Fate (3-1) unceremoniously bumped his inward-shifting stablemate Pray For Rain out of the way in the run to the line of Saturday’s Gr1 Golden Horse Medallion over 1200m at Scottsville, and won as he liked. No Laying Up (22-1) finished third ahead of the 2-1 favourite, Erik The Red.
The bumping was not a key incident in the race, and did not affect the result. On the eye, however, it just added some bulk to the image of the powerhouse Tempting Fate has already proven he is. It’s almost like he wanted to say, “Stay clear, or face the consequences!’ and his victory was authoritative and resounding.
This was an amazing eighth success in the Medallion for veteran trainer Dennis Drier and probably one of his finest. The trainer, shaking his head, said, “Unbelievable”.
Drier has told the Tempting Fate story a few times. He was the single horse Drier had marked down as a ‘must-have’ at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, but, when the bidding became spirited and he was about to put his hand down, owner Brian Airey urged him not to let up.
Drier eventually secured Tempting Fate at R550,000 and Airey put together a syndicate to pay for him – adding David Abery, Eric Buhr and Mark Currie to the partnership.
Drier trained both Tempting Fate’s sire Master Of My Fate and his dam Miss October, and jockey Sean Veale’s early opinion that Tempting Fate was “the next Master Of My Fate” is no longer being frowned upon.
“This horse gives me gooseflesh ever time I get on his back,” raved Veale, adding: “He is the best horse I’ve ever ridden.”
Tempting Fate sure is the kind of horse that makes one’s hair stand at end in admiration. Unbeaten in three starts, his top-level win would go a long way in securing the 2019/20 Equus Champion Two-Year-Old-Colt award.
Tempting Fate was raised at Avontuur Stud, of which Drier said: “My word, I’ve been so lucky off that farm, it’s amazing!”
Master Of My Fate himself stands with Carl and Amanda De Vos on the Kalmanson family’s consistenly top-performing Varsfontein Stud.