It was a no-sticks-allowed contest in the Qatar National Stud Apprentice Cup. The SA Jockey
Academy is currently hosting a number of Qatari apprentices who have been riding out in the
mornings although many trainers have been reluctant to use their services, mainly due to a
But they have been well schooled in other areas at the academy and the Apprentice Cup was the
culmination of their South African venture.
Favourite Celebration Rock was possibly an unlucky loser but his rider Salah Salem made a full
tour of the Scottsville straight, his piece de resistance left for last as he cannoned into
eventual winner Harmonica. Riding to instructions from Duncan Howells, Abdulla Rashid kept his
head down and pushed all the way to the line to record an indelible memory, his first race ride
being a winner.
It was something of a rat-race behind these two with no quarter asked and there were a few
heated exchanges amongst colleagues back in the weighing room and a stern talking to by the