Jack Milner: Horseracing is a game of highs and lows, and nothing demonstrated that more than the outcome of Saturday’s World Sports Betting Grand Heritage (Non-Black Type) over 1475m at the Vaal.
For jockey Nathan Klink it was a great victory – his first feature-race success. The same is true for the connections of the winner.
But for most punters, the result just left them – well, stone cold.
Trained by Candice Dawson and paying R48.40 for a win and R8.20 a place, Stone Cold moved up to the leader 150m from the line and went on to beat Noble Striker (50-3) by 3.75 lengths.
With Mardi Gras (25-1) and Back To Black (20-1) filling the respective third and fourth places, the outcome proved a disaster for players of the exotics. With the top seven in the betting unsighted, the Exacta paid R870.10, the Trifecta R18,343.10 and the Quartet resulted in a carryover of R170,483.
In addition, the Pick 6 also produced a carryover of R666,614, so at least that means bettors will get a second bit at the cherry.
First lightning followed by heavy rain, and then the need to replace a shoe at the start, resulted in around a two-hour delay to the race. The rain must have affected the going to some extent and that may have had an adverse effect on some of the fancied runners.
But full credit to Dawson and Klink. Stone Cold was perfectly tuned up for the race, and Klink did everything right.
It is a day the young jockey is unlikely to forget, winning on a horse he did not know well. “I managed to get to work him during the week and I got instructions on what do. They were pretty straightforward,” said Klink.
While Sean Tarry will have been disappointed with the performance of his four runners in the Grand Heritage, he literally had some consolation in the WSB Heritage Consolation when Bowie (10-1), ridden by Calvin Habib, held off 7-2 favourite Spanish Boy by 1.20 lengths.
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