Trainer Jacques Strydom has proven once again that he is a formidable opponent when it comes to the staying races in Port Elizabeth.
The Strydom stable won the Listed R150 000 Glenlair Trophy for the second year in a row when the 5 year old mare Onesie took the honours on Good Friday (19 April) at Fairview. It was Strydom at his very best with this victory. Without giving too much of his secrets away, Strydom admitted there was a “change in work” with the mare that tackled the distance for the very first time.
Strydom had the mare super fit for the race and also took fourth place with the 7 year old gelding Frikkie, a consistent performer over the long distances.
In another smart move Strydom employed East Cape champion jockey Grey Cheyne to give Onesie every chance of pulling off a fine victory for the owners, Dave Devoy in Australia, and the trainer himself. Strydom won the Glenlair Trophy last year with Desert Wisdom, in 2011 with Key Castle, in 2007 with Arctic Fleece and in 2006 with Palm King.
2018: Desert Wisdom
2017: Kingston Mines – course record 204.85s
2016: Crown Of Gold
2015: Crown Of Gold
2014: Crown Of Gold
2013: Paddy O’Reilly
2011: Key Castle
2010: Refined In Fire
2009: State Opening
2008: Arctic Fleece
2007: Palm King