Après un début de saison tonitruant qui l’avait vu engranger cinq victoires en trois journées, dame chance semble avoir délaissé Brandon Lerena et les conséquences de ce manque de résultats n’ont pas tardé à se manifester, le Sud-Africain perdant même sa pole position au profit de Rye Joorawon. L’heure n’est cependant pas à la panique, a tenu à préciser notre interlocuteur.
« I’m a bit disappointed not to get a winner today but I’m working hard and trying my best. At the end of the day, you just have to keep on trying and hope the results will change and work in your favour. I think Tube Wave was the most unlucky of my rides. He just did a little bit too much in the top turn. It’s very hard to race three wide with a heavy mass. He would have been more relaxed had he been able to secure that position and he would have had more of a finish and won the race. He’s a very gutsy horse. He gave me absolutely everything », nous dira d’emblée le jockey. L’élément de chance est effectivement prépondérant aux courses et il semblerait que la cravache de Ricky Maingard n’ait tout simplement plus la baraka en ce moment, comme en témoigne la course de Kimberly Al dans l’épreuve phare.
« He was really unlucky not to get a run in the final straight. He settled well in the race which was a bonus. He just needed a clear run. He would have finished strongly but it’s hard to say if he would have won. It’s all just hearsay », a cependant reconnu le cavalier sud-africain. Et que dire de la prestation d’Al Mahara qui s’est retrouvé face à une montagne avec sa neuvième ligne au départ.   « The draw killed Al Mahara. He just did not have that sting when he was out of the gates to overcome his bad draw and get into position. He just compounded in the straight. He was coughing but the veterinary report showed that he did not bleed which is a blessing ».
Straight Jab, qui en était à sa première incursion 2015, n’a semble-t-il pas tenu la distance pour sa première tentative sur les 1600m, mais la vérité est ailleurs selon son jockey. « Straight Jab has become a very hard horse to work, he does not work in the mornings. The boss managed to get him in a barrier trial but you need that maintenance work in between. He felt a little bit off in the straight but it’s hard to make assumptions on horses when they’re not at their best ». Quant à Phiri E Kwatile et Piquet, ils sont tombés sur plus fort qu’eux tandis que  Sail To Paradise a le potentiel pour bien faire.