Hear The Drums
(Photo : Walley Strydom)
WIN NUMBER 33 FOR HEAR THE DRUMS
The seven-year-old, who had been well beaten on his last start a fortnight earlier, drifted ominously from 3-5 to evens for a 5f event at Arlington in Port Elizabeth, even though champion jockey-elect Anton Marcus had flown from Johannesburg for his only ride of the day.
However, the favourite made his customary rocket-like start and was soon the best part of three lengths clear of the other six runners.
Two furlongs out he had them all off the bridle, bar second favourite Oceans Away, but a furlong out he looked in real trouble, under strong pressure while Oceans Away was upsides and travelling the better.
But the gelding fought back courageously for a brave and historic victory to break the 32-win record set by Screech Owl nearly 50 years earlier.
Marcus said : “This is a moment for everyone to savour. Going through the 200-metre mark, I thought I would be lucky to run fifth but this horse is all heart.”
Trainer Des McLachlan added: “I am very relieved that Hear The Drums has actually gone to where we wanted him to get. It’s been an honour and privilege to train a horse like him, and I don’t think I will see another break his record.”
Hear The Drums, only 15.2hh, was bought for owner Peter Fabricius for only SAR 42,000 (£3,680) as an unraced two-year-old.
He has won more than SAR 1.8 million (£158,000) in 59 starts. In addition to his 33 wins, he has been placed 17 times.
Bred by the country’s champion breeders, the Summerhill Stud, he is a son of the American-bred Gold Press and is out of a mare by Gallic League who won the 1987 Flying Childers and Middle Park for Barry Hills.
Extract from Racing Post