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Richard Fourie, currently second on the South African jockeys’ premiership, booted home a treble of winners at Durbanville on Saturday afternoon.

All three of the Fourie winners came for South Africa’s reigning champion trainer Justin Snaith, who, once again, sits atop of the local trainers list.
Remarkably, Richard won or finished second on six of his seven mounts on Saturday and is clearly riding at the top of his game.

The Fourie/Snaith treble commenced when 3yo Green Jacket romped home to shed his maiden impressively, at just the second time of asking, when scoring a 1.75 length win over 1400m. A son of his trainer’s former G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Gimmethegreenlight, Green Jacket gave another boost to the Pleasedtomeetyou form line, with stable mate Trip To Sky (third to that runner, when Green Jacket was fourth), having won impressively last week.

Next success for the dominate combination came when 6yo Fifty Cents (a potential runner in the G3 Matchem Stakes) maintained his unbeaten record at Durbanville when landing a pinnacle stakes over 1250m. A son of boom sire Trippi (also sire of Saturday’s uber impressive G3 Spring Spree Stakes winner Chimichuri Run), Fifty Cents has now won all four of his outings at the country course with his seven previous victories including the Listed Jet Master Stakes.

Olympian, who was third to Fifty Cents, was not disgraced on Saturday as he lost a shoe in running which hardly helped his chances!

Third and final winner on the day for Fourie came when the rider shone when dropping Carlas Mambo out from a wide draw of 12 before bringing the Mambo In Seattle gelding with a late flourish to get up and break his maiden by a neck from tote favourite Vascostreettractor. Carlas Mambo was another winner for mother-son owners Veronica and Oscar Foulkes, with Veronica also a part-owner of last weekend’s eye catching winner Nordic Breeze.

First timer Spring Burst, was dispatched as favourite for Saturday’s first race, was not disgraced on her first start for owner Colin Govindasamy when finishing third despite racing green and the Var filly could well go closer next time out.

Saturday’s first race was delayed when Hey Boy (later withdrawn) spread a shoe and the farrier proved unable replace it when the Mike Stewart trained gelding got fractious and misbehaved.

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