A number of SA champion jockey Pier Strydom reached a spectacular, although considerably overdue, milestone of 5500 profession winners when he gained Admiralty Ark within the eighth race at Wall on Thursday.
Strydom was his polished self as he led the 2-1 favorites residence a snug win because of Barend Botes and Yolande Voslo.
The evergreen 56-year-old has had a tricky time since struggling a indifferent retina in 2021, and will have opted out at 5500th Flashes of glory by successful the Betway Gr1 Summer time Cup on Saturday in his closing experience within the Highveld flagship! He partnered with Sean Terry for Nebras, a race he final gained in 2014 on Louis the King.
However the Port Elizabeth-born veteran shall be thrilled to succeed in the magic marker anyway and, having relocated to the Cape along with his spouse Krisna, is now set to focus on retirement with WSB Met Day on January 28, 2023. ,
He has apparently been booked to experience the typeset within the R7,5 million Cape Racing Gold Rush.
Pierre labeled his father Heikki, who educated at Gekebera, as the largest affect on his profession.
Champion grew up in an period when there was at all times a number of velocity and his father taught him from a younger age the significance of stability, emphasizing endurance and getting there as late as doable.
Pierre rapidly gained a fame for his dramatic finishes and consequently gained the nickname ‘Striker’, given to him by Gekebera racing journalist, who wrote below the pen title Rob Roy.
Strydom has additionally ridden in Hong Kong, Australia, the UK, Mauritius, Dubai and Turkey and regards the legendary JJ the Jet Aircraft, on which he gained the 2010 Gr1 Hong Kong Dash, the best horse he has ridden .
Nicely performed striker!