Anyone who’d been at Greyville more than three decades ago will recall the disdainful contempt with which filly King's Pact treated her rivals when romping to a hard-held victory in the Champion Stakes. Since then, some classy contenders have won this race but none with such complete authority as displayed by Fools Holme.
Fools Holme had gone into the Rothmans July as unbeaten winner of seven races, only to fail by three-quarters against stable-mate Occult.
Seldom has a horse looked as impressive in a pre-race parade as was Fools Holme before the Champion Stakes. His presence on the track was greeted with applause not heard for a long time on a Natal track. Bookmakers regarded the race as a gift race for the Millard entry, pricing him up a 1/5 favourite, with 12/1 and upwards offered about his ten rivals. There never was any worry. Fools Holme took a clear lead from the start, and simply galloped his rivals into the ground. Setting a cracking pace on a tight rein down the back stretch, he never relented, and was four lengths clear at the subway. Without jockey Felix Coetzee having to move a muscle, the advantage was five lengths at the line. The winner smashed In Full Flight's long-standing race record by 1,40 seconds and the track record by a full second, covering the 2000m distance in a world-class 2 minutes flat.
It is believed that an offer in the region of R3 million on behalf of American interests was turned down for the son of Noholme II before the Rothmans July Handicap, but another offer will surely now pop up again. Fools Holme’s career earnings stand at R300.006.
- Fools Holme – Extract from Winners Circle – More Best Horses
- September 1986 Winner’s Circle – Editorial
- December 1986 Winner's Circle - More Best Horses
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