With 300m to go in the Michael Roberts Handicap there was gasps of disbelief from spectators as Marco van Rensburg appeared to have lost his mind on Wild Wicket. With the opposition going hammer and tongs, Wild Wicket was still last and Marco had not moved a muscle.
Duncan had worked out that Wild Wicket only has a short finishing burst and asked Marco to ride him cold. Racing in blinkers for the first time, Wild Wicket took a hold early on and Van Rensburg had his work cut out settling him in, but once behind runners, Wild Wicket dropped the bit and settled down. But approaching the 300 m mark even Duncan was starting to get jompy and wondering what excuses he would have to offer as Wild Wicket was still last and Marco had barely moved a muscle.
However, Marco knew exactly what he had under him as he switched out into daylight and Wild Wicket picked it up smartly to win going away.
It was a stellar performance by both horse and jockey and owner Dave MacLean is still recovering from a near heart attack after Wild Wicket because electrified.
This was Duncan’s third win in the Listed Michael Roberts Handicap having won it with Royal Zulu Guard and Ten Gun Salute when the race was moved to Greyville.