A thrilling finish crowned a spectacular climax to the 2016 R4,25 million Gr1 Vodacom Durban July at Greyville on Saturday.
Jockey Piere Strydom, the polished 50-year-old, produced the magic from the supposed ‘killer’ draw of 18, to register his fourth win in the prestigious clash, riding The Conglomerate to victory for owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste and trainer Joey Ramsden.
Strydom got The Conglomerate across from his wide draw to track Dynamic, It’s My Turn and Ten Gun Salute and he came into the straight five lengths adrift.
He went past It’s My Turn in a matter of strides and once Strydom got him straightened and in full flight there was no stopping the
The Conglomerate won full of running to beat a storming late effort from miles back from 3yo Marinaresco by 0,25 lengths in a time 133,50 secs.
The Conglomerate has now earned a healthy total of R3 425 325 with his sixth win and four places from 17 starts. He was bred by D R Fleming and purchased on the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for A$160 000.
The winner is by the Octagonal stallion Lonhro out of the six-time winning Canny Lad mare, Republic Lass – an Oaks winner.