UPCOMING RACEDAY MATCHEM STAKES DAY, Saturday 28 September

Ride Of The Month: Craig Zackey

The second in our series of the most eye-catching ride by a jockey each month at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth and Durbanville. We ask former Cape Met-winning rider and renowned jockey MJ Byleveld, now a member of Cape Racing’s on-course commentary team, for his verdict.

Ride Of The Month (June): Craig Zackey

You know we’re getting right into the heart of winter when there were only five meetings that took place in the month of June at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth. One was abandoned due to the heavy rain which is so common for this time of year. But, the racing was good and there was some excellent jockeyship on display.

To show how competitive the jockeys’ ranks are, can be seen by the fact that 14 different jockeys found their way into the winner’s enclosure, with Richard Fourie (12) topping the list.

He continues to march on in what has been a record-breaking season. Both Craig Zackey and Grant van Niekerk (6 each) were the next most prolific with Corne Orffer and JP van der Merwe (4 each) also enjoying good months.

It won’t surprise you to hear that when I studied all the races, I had difficulty in narrowing my selections down to three rides. But, they came from the form jockeys of the month, so that also tells a story.

I thought that Richard (Fourie) rode a brilliant race when winning the sixth on She’s My Captain on 2nd June. She’s a five-year-old mare that he knows well and was winning for the fifth time on her. Although it was a small field of eight, he came from the back and got her up close home to beat Robert Khati on Palo Queen.

Then, on the 11th June Grant (van Niekerk) was impressive when partnering Katsu to win the seventh race over 1400m. Some felt that Katsu might be better suited to the longer straight of the new course, but he rode a peach. He came from well off the pace from his No12 draw and got up on the line to beat Chollima. Guess who was on the runner-up? Robert (Khati), again!

But my ride of the month came on the 18th June, in the sixth race over 1800m. Craig (Zackey) had ridden Green Isle for Eric Sands when winning in an Open Maiden in April, which was on the new course and then she came down the outside.

Here, she was 16/1 in the betting. As they turned into the shorter straight he took her to the middle outside, knowing that she must have a tendency to hang out. It was a smart move and proved to be the right one and she fended off Richard on Among The Clouds.

So Craig, who rode three-in-a-row winners on that day, gets my June vote for Ride of the Month on Green Isle.

MJ’s previous rides of the month
May: Oswald Noach – Little Miss Pink

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Share:

More Posts

Vaughan Marshall

Vaughan Marshall saw it coming from a long way out. What he envisaged then, the racing community is seeing now.

Don't miss our newsletters
Follow Us

© 2024 Cape Racing. All Rights Reserved.

KENILWORTH RACING (PTY) LTD REG NO. 2011/008903/07 IS LICENSED BY THE WESTERN CAPE GAMBLING AND RACING BOARD AND SUPPORTS RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING AND TRANSPARENT ACCOUNTING TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE. NO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ARE PERMITTED TO GAMBLE. WINNERS KNOW WHEN TO STOP. SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING FOUNDATION TOLL FREE COUNSELLING LINE 0800 006 008 OR WHATSAPP “HELP” TO 076 675 0710. GAMBLING ADDICTION IS NOT SELECTIVE. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.

Hollywoodbets Durbanville, Saturday 28 September