GOOD post-race interviews are invaluable. Trainer Dennis Drier’s televised chat to Stan Elley after Tempting Fate had won his Kenilworth debut on 8 February was a memorable one that would’ve steered those who’d listened to it in the right direction at Scottsville on Saturday.
Drier described him as “the one horse I wanted at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale… a racehorse… going places…”, which would’ve been more than enough motivation to back him at around 3-1 before Saturday’s Godolphin Barb Stakes over 1100m at Scottsville.
Collateral form watchers will also be looking out for Candice Bass-Robinson’s Purple Cloud, who went stride for stride with Tempting Fate until the closing stages in the 8 February run, has yet to make an appearance since and will arguably be the best bet to look through a bridle this year when he is stepped out later this season.
But back to Saturday, and both Tempting Fate and Drier’s second-placed, Pray For Rain, are likely to take their places in next month’s Gr1 Gold Medallion at Greyville (moved from the end of May at Scottsville), and will be fancied to give Drier a seventh win in the juvenile sprint spectacular.
Drier trained both Tempting Fate’s sire Master Of My Fate and his dam Miss October, and jockey Sean Veale’s opinion that Tempting Fate was “the next Master Of My Fate”, is a quote that once again underlines the sentiments around this hard-galloping bay colt.
The winner and the runner-up were raised by Pippa Mickleburgh at Avontuur Stud and Pippa will be counting the days to the Medallion on 4 July.
Tempting Fate is owned by Messrs Brian Airey, David Abery, Eric Buhr and Mark Currie – Airey being the man who kept putting his hand up until he secured Tempting Fate for R550,000, and who put the partnership together.