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Picture: Dennis and Gill Drier receive the incentive cheque for a winning raider at a “festival” meeting  (Cape Racing).

 

It was fitting that the first R50,000 incentive cheque for raiding trainers in Cape Town went to Summerveld stalwart Dennis Drier.

The Drier-trained Gimmethegreenlight filly Live My Life won the cheque for Dennis and owner Z Bifov also received R50,000.

The filly won a MR 92 Handicap over 1200m under Sean Veale on Sunday by a comfortable 2,50 lengths.

Any raiding horses who wins a race in Cape Town lands R10,000 for both the trainer and owner.

However, if the win occurs at a “festival” meeting, the cheque for both trainer and owner increases to R50,000.

Sunday’s meeting featured the Grade 2 Cape Merchants and was classified as a festival meeting. 

The incentive has paid dividends because about 22% of the runners at Sunday’s meeting were raiders.  

However, “Uncle Den” has been supporting Cape racing for years without having been offered the incentive to do so.

Therefore, it was fitting he was the first recipient of a R50,000 cheque for a raider win. 

Drier was particularly appreciated in the fair Cape in the halcyon days of the diminutive Dynasty filly Beach Beauty, who  converted “meeting banker” status on at least three occasions at big Kenilworth meetings.

The Grade 1 Paddock Stakes in both 2013 and 2014 and the Grade 1 Majorca in 2014 were her most notable Cape victories.

Another famous win in Cape Town for the Drier team was when the Equus Champion Sprinter Val De Ra beat the subsequent twice Equus Champion Sprinter What A Winter in the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship.

Drier also has a good record in the Grade 2 Premier Trophy, winning it with the like of Beach Beauty and Master Of My Fate and the latter was also a winner of the Grade 2 Peninsula Handicap.