IT will feel very quiet at Fairview today after last weekend's successful Festival of Racing.
What a weekend of racing and what drama!
The Eastern Cape's biggest race, the Algoa Cup, has not seen such drama in a long time. In the end it was thumbs-up to the operators that we had a meeting on Sunday.
They took the decision to move all 10 races on the card from the grass track to the newly-built polytrack after heavy rain on Friday and Saturday.
Of course it was a controversial move as the track only had its first three official races on Friday.
Some trainers, especially those from Cape Town, were worried because their horses had never been on this synthetic surface.
Some Bay trainers also felt their horses were better suited to the grass track and that all their preparation was aimed at that.
So it was understandable that there were concerns, but in the end it looks as if the right decision was made.
In the process, there was absolute heartbreak for some owners and trainers as the field for the Algoa Cup had to be reduced for safety reasons with the switch of surface.
This meant three runners were eliminated and I felt sorry for the connections of the six-year-old gelding Gianduja. I know how much hard work and long-term planning went into getting Gianduja to qualify for the big one, only to hear that he would not be allowed take his place at the start.
I loved the remark by Johan Britz, one of Gianduja's co-owners, that the horse's next victory would now be that much sweeter.
In the end it was an enjoyable day with a big crowd at the track despite the weather not being great.
The Algoa Cup race day has grown over the past few years and it is beginning to turn into an event that markets itself.
The polytrack is an absolute winner, with horses and jockeys really enjoying the surface. Port Elizabeth will hardly lose a meeting now due to bad weather.
Eish, it's quiet today.
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