Quatro Pasi wins at the Vaal. (JC Photos).

Modest Billy Boy off the mark

Several other trainers of colour before him have failed for lack of support, but Billy Boy Ruiters looks like he could be the one who will break this tough mould in South Africa’s Highveld region.

Ruiters, with a string of weak older horses, has been knocking at the door with a number of places recently and he got off the mark when five-year-old handicapper Quatro Passi won a straight seven-furlong at the Vaal on Thursday under jockey Mark Khan.

Billy Boy Ruiters (JC Photos).

Ruiters said that he had 31 horses stabled at Turffontein, among which 12 unraced two-year-olds, a number which will give him a chance to prove himself in trying times for the South African industry.

A former long-time assistant to the now-retired Chris Eramus, Ruiters thanked veteran owner Barry Marais for giving him a chance with a few apparent rejects, including Quatro Passi, who has found a new lease of life and won going away, signalling more to come..

“I worked him in the week and Billy had him spot-on,” said Khan.

We wish Billy Boy the best. – IRC

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