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Aldo Domeyer’s ride on Charles Dickens in the Gr 1 wfa L’Ormarins King’s Plate is one of the nominations for Emperor’s Palace Ride Of The Month (Picture: Wayne Marks) 

Turf Talk have chosen five rides in January for the Emperor’s Palace Ride Of The Month competition.

Vote for one of the rides listed below and stand a chance to win a one night stay with breakfast at the Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperor’s Palace.

To have a chance of winning submit your choice to editor@turftalk.co.za

An explanation of each ride is given acompanied by a video link.

When submitting, send the ride number of your choice and jockey’s name.

1. Aldo Domeyer, Charles Dickens, L’Ormarins King’s Plate. Charles Dickens was coming off a disappointing third in the Gr 2 WSB Green Point Stakes, the only time in his career he was out of the top two. However, Aldo had faith in his good friend and believed he was back to his best. He abandoned his original plan of placing him and told trainer Candice Bass-Robinson he was going to ride him as if he was “the old Charles”. He rode him accordingly, sitting on him in the early stages from draw seven and slotting him in to a one out position with cover backward of midfield. He was patient in the straight and made use of Charles Dickens’ renowned finishing burst at the 300m mark. His devastating turn of foot  quickly carried him into the lead and the Drakenstein Stud homebred Trippi colt went on to record a famous victory by 2,75 lengths to cap Gaynor Rupert’s “best day of my racing life.” CLICK HERE TO WATCH RIDE 1 

2. Daniel Muscutt, Double Superlative, WSB Cape Town Met Daniel became the first overseas-based rider to win Cape Town’s most famous race. He rode all of his Met day mounts before the big day and walked the course with trainer Justin Snaith ahead of the meeting, taking note of his advice on the going and how to ride the left-handed track. He rode the five-year-old Twice Over entire exactly how instructed. The horse had come back from a serious tendon injury and he conserved his energy perfectly in the running. He got a tow into the straight from the favourite See It Again and made a snap decision late in the race to switch inward instead of outward. He powered through a gap to win trainer Justin Snaith and owner Nick Jonsson their second Met together in succession. CLICK HERE TO WATCH RIDE 2

3. Piere Strydom, Banha Bridge, MR72 Handicap 1800m Vaal Classic The legendary jockey is renowned for his pace judgement and timing and in this race it was seen at its best. He got over from draw 8 to sit on the rail behind the pacemaker. He switched the Candice Dawson-trained seven-year-old gelding outward a long way from home as this allowed his mount to keep a rhythmical stride, rather than sitting behind a longshot pacemaker who was likely to fade. He was headed in the closing stages and looked likely to be swamped. However, as always, the wily Striker had left a little in reserve. Banha Bridge fought back to get up by a neck. CLICK HERE TO WATCH RIDE 3

4. Sean Veale, Great Cat, Cape B Stakes F&M 1200m Hollywoodbets Kenilworth. This was the first time Sean Veale was riding the Brett Crawford-trained Hollywood Syndicate-owned Dynasty filly, but he got the best out of her. In a classic boxer vs fighter contest she was the fighter as she has pace and carried a light weight, but does not have the class of some of the others who were in this contest. Veale was going to have to use her pace to get an advantage, but leave enough in reserve to keep the more classy closers at bay. He pinged the gates and allowed her to stride out behind the leading line. He timed his finishing run to perfection and a quintet of more fancied closers were unable to catch her. She held on by a head. Hall of fame jockey Michael Roberts’ judge of a good jockey is “one who is in the right place at the right time and wins races he shouldn’t have won.” Veale fulfilled those requirements in this race CLICK HERE TO WATCH RIDE 4

5. Serino Moodley, Silver Tudor, MR84 Handicap Turffontein Standside 1160m Moodley, in a field of ten, had a standside draw of ten, which is favourable by trends and he was on a talented Sean Tarry-trained individual, whose best career win had been over this course and distance. However, the Lance gelding had to carry a welter burder of 62kg and the outside rail can become crammed as jockeys try and seek the better going. Serino sat on his mount from the off which enabled him to get a tow from the good sort Dreamland. He received a bump when the inside drawn horses moved outward, but managed to hold his covered-up position. By the 400m mark the outside rail was crowded and there would have been nowhere for him to go. He made a snap decision to switch inward. Silver Tudor gave a little jump as Moodley switched him off the heels of the horse in front of him. Serino continued to sit on him and only pressed the button at the 300m mark. He managed to squeeze him through a gap at the 200m mark. He then extracted a strong finish from the topweight with rhythmical encouragement and minimal use of the whip. He got up by the shortest of short-heads. Not much went right for Silver Turdor but he still won. A fine ride. CLICK HERE TO WATCH RIDE 5