Owner of the Week
“Mr Cool” Chris van Niekerk adds to his Trophy Cabinet
This week’s RA Owner of the Week goes to a special individual for winning no less than four feature races during the past week. The first was Taptap Makhitini, who won the Listed Riverside Handicap at Vaal Racecourse on 24 March. This 6 year old gelding has produced 6 wins and numerous places. He was bred at Klawervlei Stud – Albert Hall (GB) Burning Gold by Al Mufti.
Classic Day at Turffontein Racecourse on 28 March proved to be a special day for van Niekerk. His first winner was in the fifth race with Amber Orchid (AUS) winning the Grade 3 Jacaranda Handicap. Amber Orchid is owned in partnership with Markus Jooste and Hassen Adams and was ridden by S’Manga Khumalo. Van Niekerk was back on the winners’ podium for the R2 million Grade 1 SA Classic winning with French Navy, ridden by Raymond Danielson. The three year old gelding was bred by Mr G J Armitage - Count Dubois (GB) – Redoubtable by Elliodor (FR). The next race, the Grade 3 Man’O War Sprint, went the way of Carry on Alice (owned in partnership with Dr J A Warner and Klawervlei Stud (Nom: J P Koster). She was bred at Klawervlei Stud Captain Al – Carry on Katie by Western Winter (USA) and was also ridden by Khumalo. These four winners are trained by Sean Tarry. What a week for this formidable team.