The talented young rider should come away from the race meeting with yet another good catch for the day and punters would be well advised to watch him closely.
Most of Fourie’s bookings are for the Justin Snaith yard – also no strangers to landing a big fish or two. One of these rides is on Captain Courteous in the top-rated event on the card, Race 5, a MR 99 Handicap.
This six-time winner has been very consistent up to 1600m, though he hasn’t yet cracked a victory over the mile itself. He has, however, got two seconds and a third in his three tries at the trip and was running on well when a runner up at Scottsville over the distance during the KwaZulu-Natal winter season.
Fourie was in the irons for that charge up a notoriously tough finishing stretch and the pair will find things a little easier back in Cape Town. From pole position, they should be able to find some cover in running, while the allotted 54.5kg is a little less than Captain Courteous has been lugging of late.
The main challenge is likely to come from top-weight Head Honcho who has Aldo Domeyer aboard. Andre Nel’s charger has relocated from Durban after posting four wins in his last five starts, but he hasn’t raced for four months, must carry 61.5kg, jumps from gate No 8 and might prefer further.
Snaith’s other runner, Love Happens, is a lurker in this contest, while Adam Marcus-trained Gyre could surprise when racing fresh.
In Race 7, Fourie rides Snaith-trained filly Silvano’s Pride, a banker consideration for exotic bets. It is a Maiden Plate for females, not usually the kind of race in which one likes to stick one’s neck out, but this nicely bred three-year-old looks ripe for improvement after two fourth places over shorter trips – the last after being hampered at a crucial stage.
Another Fourie-Snaith collaboration is in Race 6, a MR 80 Handicap over 1600m, with Crown Towers, an Australian import who won impressively on debut but found one better in his next outing when a 1-3 favourite. This three-year-old Camelot colt will have learnt something from that defeat and should recoup the losses.
Lining up with Crown Towers will be Capoeira from the Nel stable. This colt was a surprise winner of his second outing when he clearly enjoyed the 1600m at Durbanville. He could be anything, so should be included in calculations.
Another jockey-trainer combination that could hook a couple of wins is Donavan Dillon and Joey Ramsden. Apollo Ace in the first race, Au Revoir in the second and Sans Regrets in the third could get them off to a roaring start - www.tabonline.co.za