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+16 Diego de Gouveia
Little-known Gauteng-based jockey Diego De Gouveia enjoyed the best day of his racing life on Saturday [August 29] when he rode a G1 double at Greyville in Durban courtesy of Sentbydestiny and Anything Goes.
The 24-year-old, who did not even figure among the national Top 30 for 2019-20, had ridden just one previous G1 winner (Atyaab in the 2019 Cape Derby for Mike de Kock).
Having taken the Thekwini Fillies’ Stakes on Anything Goes – an unbeaten three-year-old daughter of Var – for regular employer Stuart Pettigrew, De Gouveia partnered Candice Dawson-trained Sentbydestiny to beat the boys in the Premiers Champions Stakes with a late burst.
While it is a testament to the parlous state of South African racing that each G1 was worth only just over £10,000 to the winner’s connections, the double was enough for a 16pt boost for De Gouveia on the TRC world rankings, where he moves up to #158 from #253 on the overall jockeys’ list.
There was an eyecatching move on the sires’ list where Uncle Mo earned a 7pt boost (#12 from £18) with three graded-stakes victories last week. There was plenty of variety among his successes too, as Bye Bye Melvin landed a G3 on soft turf at Saratoga, where Yaupon made all to land the G2 Amsterdam on the mud, while the admirable Mo Forza took the G2 Del Mar Mile on turf described as firm at Del Mar.
Also worth noting is the irresistible rise of Britain’s top female rider Hollie Doyle (+6pt, #151 from #184), whose eight winners over the weekend included another Group success on Extra Elusive.
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