Bernard Fayd’Herbe has been appointed first jockey to Snaith Racing’s Cape Town operation and he celebrated by riding a double for the stable at Kenilworth on Saturday plus a winner for Harold Crawford.
Chris Snaith said: “We have given Bernard carte blanche and he is well worth it. He will ride all ours in Cape Town that he can do the weight on. We can’t operate with jockeys wanting to get off horses any longer.”
Bernard Fayd'Herbe, picture Nkosi Hlophe
Fayd’Herbe has had a long, but sometimes on-off, association with the stable and there was a similar arrangement in the first half of last season until the yard decided to shop around for lighter jockeys.
Fayd’Herbe said: “My weight is good. I managed to get down to 55kg for one of my rides in Dubai and I will probably ride at 57kg here.”
Snaith snr was particularly impressed with the advice Fayd’Herbe gave him about 1 400m maiden winner The Right Road, explaining: “Bernard suggested trying him over further after he rode him over 1200m – and it’s nice to have someone who can get off a horse and point you in the right direction like that.”
Dutch Philip booked his ticket for the Somerset 1200 on May 6 by taking the Juvenile Plate under Aldo Domeyer and apparently he is better than his Met day Listed third to Call To Account would suggest.
Candice Bass-Robinson said: “Things didn’t go right for him that day but we have always rated him. This was a little bit short and the Somerset will be a better distance.”
BLOB The 2014 Gold Cup winner Wavin’ Flag was one of two horses stolen from a racehorse rehoming yard in Philippi last week. He was found unhurt but the other, maiden winner Maximum Flo, had shattered sesamoids and had to be put down.
NHA boss Lyndon Barends, spurred into action by the Sporting Post’s Robyn Louw, has opened an inquiry. Under recent rule changes owners have a responsibility for their horses’ welfare after they are retired and Wavin’ Flag’s owners included some of the best known names in racing.