See It Again with Piere Strydom up winning the Grade 1 Splashout Cape Derby (Wayne Marks).
Piere Strydom revealed today his minimum riding weight for this year’s Hollywoodbets Durban July would be 57kg.
So, as things stand, he will be able to take the ride on the Michael Roberts-trained See It Again.
See It Again would carry 57kg if the weights were set tomorrow.
He would be 1kg well-in, because in a true handicap he would carry 58kg.
The clause which states three-year-olds are not allowed to carry more than 57kg takes him 1kg down to the latter weight.
The July might be Piere’s swansong.
He said, “My retirement might well come around that time. I intended it to be earlier, but if you keep on getting good rides like See It Again and Lady Of Power, it is hard to stop.”
A July win would be a most fitting way for the legend to end his glittering career because he would in that case equal the record, held by Anton Marcus, of five July victories from the saddle.
Roberts will also be out to create history by becoming one of a select few who have won the big race as both a jockey and a trainer.
See It Again will be his first July runner as a trainer.
Roberts is well aware of the effect Al Muthana’s absence has had on the July weights and added, “It going to make it difficult … 57kg is a big weight for a three-year-old.”