SOUTH African swimming hero Chad le Clos is loving his first dip into the world of racehorse ownership and described having his first winner at Scottsville at the weekend as an “unbelievable” feeling.
The Paul Lafferty-trained Toreador colt Unbelievable Chad is the first horse Le Clos has owned and looks a decent sort in the making. Having been unlucky on debut over 1200m on July 15 at Scottsville, the colt then finished a narrow second in a strong field over the same course and distance on August 26. However, he relished the step up to 1400m on Sunday and sauntered to a 4.25- length victory under Stuart Randolph.
Bert and Chad Le Clos (left) with Stuart Randolph and Deez Dyanand.
Chad has been on course for every one of his horse’s outings and said that on each occasion he had been “very proud” of his horse. He part-owns the bay colt with Greg Blank, Phillip Kahan and Bridget Conway.
“He’s a beauty”, said Chad and the Olympic champion’s broad smile when being interviewed by Deez Dyanand for Tellytrack after the race said it all. The intermittent waves to his cheering fans were reminiscent of his visits to the top step of the victory podium.
Chad’s father Bert was also on course. Bert’s interview on television after Chad had upset his hero Michael Phelps to win gold in the Olympics 200m butterfly went viral as he couldn’t stop saying “UN-believable, UN-believable.”
That word will forever be associated with Chad and his autobiography has duly been called Unbelievable. Bert thanked his good friend of many years Lafferty for recommending the horse as Chad had faced a choice between buying shares in Unbelievable Chad or a Jay Peg gelding of the same age named Le Clos.
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