It is not often that a jockey refers to some “genius training” but Greg Cheyne was clearly impressed.
He was referring to the genius training by the champion Eastern Cape conditioner Alan Greeff after winning the Fairview Merchants (Non-Black-Type) with the 4y old gelding Kimberley Star on Friday (25th Jan).
Kimberley Star was not at his best recently but Greeff returned to the basics, went back to a shorter distance and started all over again with his horse.
The hard work paid off as Kimberley Star beat some fine sprinters to win the Merchants for owners Celso and Lee Scribante.
Greeff continue his “genius training” by winning the South African Hall Of Fame MR 74 Handicap on Sun Met Day at Kenilworth in Cape Town the next day.
The Port Elizabeth bred Seattle Choice won this one and Greeff followed it up with a third by the filly Brandina in the Listed Tattersalls Summer Juvenile Stakes.
Greeff wasn’t the only PE trainer that enjoyed success on Me Day.
Yvette Bremner ended this meeting in style when her charge Pacific Spirit deadheated with the favourite Russet Air in the TAB MR 87 Handicap.
2019: Kimberley Star
2018: Omega Onslaught
2011: Finance Minister
2010: Warsaw Concerto