“Famous Five” by Paul Peter – An SA record?

Is Paul Peter’s remarkable training feat of saddling the first five horses to finish the ninth race of the MR 80 Handicap at Turffontein on Saturday a new SA record?

We’ve seen plenty of stable trifectas – Wendy Whitehead enjoyed one last Monday at Hollywoodbets Greyville – and even the rare foursome here or there. But the quintets, or who fill the first five slots at home, are very rare.

The Navy Guard (Warren Kennedy) leads Peter’s charge (Pic – JC Photos)

Turffontein-based Peter is enjoying the season of his life and he celebrated the unique moment when Warren Kennedy brought home the very progressive Naval Guard to beat Great Affair (Kabelo Matsunyane / 14-1 |), Secret Is Ours (Gavin Lerena / 7 -2), Grimaldi (Brian Nyawo / 25-1) and Baymax (Ray Danielson / 40-1) in a field of twelve horses.

The heat at the top of the SA Coaches Championship log has been turned up several degrees, with Peter maintaining an excellent streak of good form over the past few months.

He currently leads holder Justin Snaith by R1,640,000, with the Turffontein team having saddled 42 more winners than their Philippi counterparts.

Peter’s 19.3% hit rate also has Snaith’s 13.4% in the shadows.

While Snaith has a powerful rope and is usually the party goer in the SA Champions season, the defending champion netted R15,848,725 against Peter’s R12,815,175 to win last season.

On Sunday, Peter put in the canter with R14,994,338 against Snaith’s R13,329,963. With a participation of R5 million, the Hollywoodbets Durban July on July 2 could be the dealbreaker of the title.

Snaith currently owns 50% of the top ten on the Hollywoodbets Durban July ante-post betting charts, so he looks like he has a serious chance of finishing the term strong.

Entries for the Hollywoodbets Durban July will close at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday April 19, with the list of entries being embargoed and published on Wednesday April 20.

Please click on the image below to see the bets:

While the history books take hours to ponder, we managed to follow the feat of Michael Dickinson, trainer of the UK national fighter champion, in winning the top five at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1983 .

Watch the final stages of the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup:

Dickinson was something of an innovator.

After retiring from the training ranks, for the first time Dickinson invented and developed the Tapeta running surface. However, even before the ‘Famous Five’ at Cheltenham, Dickinson had already written his name, perhaps indelibly, in the Guinness Book of World Records.

On Boxing Day 1982, he made a deliberate attempt to break the world record for the number of winners trained in a single day.

During a busy holiday schedule, he sent twenty runners, more than a third of his chain, from his yard in Harewood, West Yorkshire, to six different meetings around the country. The highlight of the day was a victory for Wayward Lad, ridden by John Francome, in the King George VI Chase at Kempton but, in total, twelve of the horses trained by Dickinson won and only one of the twenty finished without a place.