IN one of the best finishes of the day on the Polytrack at Greyville on Wednesday, three-year-old gelding Filippo produced a late and well-judged finish to nab free-running Billy Silver on the line.
It’s often near impossible to overhaul Richard Fourie on a strong, front-running type – he had Billy Silver going great guns through the 200m-mark, but Filippo managed it under a good ride from in-form Gunter Wrogemann– and is the type who can win again soon since his merit rating has only been bumped up two points for this good win.
Filippo’s trainer Yogas Govender told Turf Talk: “I expected the handicapper to raise him by more, the 97 is not bad. He’s a nice horse and the first one racing in the silks of Pradeek Rambaras, who is in a partnership with long-time owner Colin Naidoo, as well as Jeremy and Nandika Deokynarain.”
Govender (45), has had an understandably quiet spell since his four-year stint as private trainer to Sabine Plattner came to an end, but things are looking up and he said: “I saddled 21 winners in my first season with an open licence, which I was happy with considering my move to Durban and working with a small starting string.
“I expected more support in my second season but times are tough in racing and things will pick up again. This season we’ve only had a few winners and many places but I have a couple of staunch, well-paying owners behind me and some promising untraced horses to come through.”
Govender, who won the 2012 J&B Met with Plattner’s Martial Eagle, said that he had two buyers for next week’s National Sale. “I can’t wait, because it’s a good catalogue and I believe there will be plenty of value for small buyers, like there was in Cape Town last week. I’m hoping to get a few I like at good prices!”