A number of SA Champion jockey Piere Strydom reached an excellent, albeit considerably overdue, milestone of 5500 profession winners, when he steered Admiralty Arch to victory within the eighth race on the Vaal on Thursday.
Strydom was his polished self as he drove the 2-1 favorite residence to a cushty victory for Barend Botes and Yolande Vosloo.
The evergreen 56 12 months previous has had a tricky time of it since affected by a indifferent retina in 2021, and would most likely have chosen to have fairly gone out in a 5500th blaze of glory by successful the Betway Gr1 Summer season Cup on Saturday in his last journey within the Highveld flagship!He companions Nebraas for Sean Tarry, in a race he final received in 2014 on Louis The King.
However the Port Elizabeth-born legend can be thrilled both technique to have reached the magic marker and, after having relocated to the Cape together with his spouse Chrisna, is now set to intention at retirement, with WSB Met day on 28 January 2023 a probable swansong.
He has apparently been booked to journey Typeset within the R7,5 million Cape Racing Gold Rush.
Piere labels his father Hekkie, who educated in Gqeberha, as having had the most important affect on his profession.
The champion grew up in an period when there was all the time plenty of tempo and his Dad taught him the significance of stability from a younger age, and emphasised the have to be affected person and get there as late as attainable.
Piere shortly gained a status for his dramatic finishes from approach off the tempo and because of this acquired the nickname ‘Striker’, given to him by a Gqeberha racing journalist who wrote underneath the identify Rob Roy.
Strydom has additionally ridden in Hong Kong, Australia, the UK, Mauritius, Dubai and Turkey and regards the good JJ The Jet Aircraft, on whom he received the 2010 Gr1 Hong Kong Dash, as the best horse he has ridden.
Nicely accomplished Striker!