THE 2008 July deadheat hero and GSB Racing Ambassador Bernard Fayd’herbe produced the thrills in the same silks again at Greyville on Saturday when he brought the 2016 runner-up Marinaresco with a beautifully timed effort to collar the fancied Al Sahem in the final strides of the R4,25 million Gr1 Vodacom Durban July.
The recent Cape Winter Series winning rider, Bernard was aboard the Mike Bass-trained champion Pocket Power when he shared the honours with Kevin Shea on Dancer’s Daughter nine years ago. The heavyweight rider donned the famous pink, white and blue Shirtliff silks again on Saturday to register a double in a race top of any jockey’s bucket list.
And this time he did the honours for Mike’s daughter Candice – the first lady trainer of the modern era to lift the prestigious silverware.
Bernard said that he had ‘so much horse’ underneath him as he turned into the straight. “I just gave him a few taps and he took off. What a courageous little horse,” he said.
The second of two July Day races to be run on the Greyville polytrack produced a smart win for the well-related Bishop’s Bounty and a second winner for Berrnard, who had replaced Piere Strydom on the R120 000 eThekwini Sprint joint topweight two hours after he had steered Marinaresco to a sensational July win. – Sporting Post.