Afropolitan

Afropolitan is a gelding by Master Of My Fate, out of the Captain Al mare Als Secret. Purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the 2020 BSA National 2-Year Old Sale, he was bred by Sandown Stud.

Name: Afropolitan
Named By: Hollywoodbets Gauteng Team
Sex: Bay Gelding
Sire: Master of My Fate
Dam: Als Secret
Damsire: Captain Al
DOB: 28 October 2018
Breeder: Sandown Stud (G.J. Armitage)
Trainer: Gareth van Zyl
Previous Trainer: Kom Naidoo
PedigreeSee Here
Record: 18-5-5

The Dam, ALS SECRET, was unplaced in 4 starts at 3 years old. She is the dam of 3 previous foals, 2 runners, 1 winner including:
My Secret (15 f. by Ashaawes (USA)): winner, R59,000, at 4, 1800m, placed twice.
All Over Again (17 f. by Twice Over (GB)): 3-y-o unraced.

UPDATES – Afropolitan

April 21st, 2024
Raced over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Finished 8th out of 10 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He showed so much speed over 1600m which I never expected. It would have been better off for him to have led. He ran a good race under the circumstances.

January 22nd, 2024
505 – AFROPOLITAN shares the spoils with Ancient World in a dead-heat and gives the Hollywood Syndicate a double at Hollywoodbets Greyville this afternoon. Apprentice James Lihaba set his own fractions up front over 1800m and Afropolitan showed great determination all the way to the line. He is now a five-time winner. The son of Master Of My Fate is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Gareth van Zyl and is bred by Mr GJ Armitage. Race Replay / Interview.

October 25th, 2023
477 – AFROPOLITAN
goes from start to finish to win Race 4 over 1900m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville polytrack this afternoon. The Syndicate completed the trifecta with SyX Hotfix finishing second and El Rey Viene in third. Sporting Post-sponsored Jockey Athandiwe Mgudlwa was the winning pilot. The son of Master Of My Fate is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Gareth van Zyl and is bred by Mr G J Armitage.
Race Replay / Interview.

September 13th, 2023
Raced over 1800m at Hollywoodbets Greyville Polytrack. Finished 6th out of 9 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He over-raced in the early part of the race, and I feel that’s why he never finished off his race. He also looked to have needed the run.

July 17th, 2023
445 – AFROPOLITAN went from start to finish to win Race 5 at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack this afternoon. The son of Master Of My Fate was ridden to victory by Sporting Post-sponsored jockey Athandiwe Mgudlwa and is now a three-time winner. He is trained by Gareth van Zyl and is bred by Mr GJ Armitage.

Race Replay: https://youtu.be/LYXEKFLp6uI
Race Interview: https://youtu.be/zfgOCyNNIgE

June 19th, 2023
Raced over 2000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville Polytrack. Finished 3rd out of 12 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good 3rd, after a very poor ride. He would have been better off letting him stride along in front rather than fighting him.

April 22nd, 2023
Raced over 2300m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf track. Finished 11th out of 12 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He is a much better horse on the poly. Has never run well on the turf.

March 13th, 2023
Raced over 1700m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the Polytrack. Finished 7th out of 8 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He went a bit too fast in the early part of the race. I feel that’s my fault as I told the jockey he is one paced. The race really didn’t work out for him.

January 4th, 2023
386 – AFROPOLITAN wins Race 5 on the Hollywoodbets Greyville polytrack over 1700m. He dictated his own terms in front under Winning Form-sponsored jockey Kabelo Matsunyane, found another kick and won with ease. The son of Master Of My Fate is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Kumaran Naidoo and is bred by Mr G J Armitage.

November 14th, 2022
Raced over 1700m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Finished 3rd out of 9 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He is very one paced. He stayed on well to finish third and will be better over a bit further.

October 23rd, 2022
Raced over 2300m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Finished 7th out of 8 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: The distance was too far for him and he is a better horse on the poly.

October 10th, 2022
Raced over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Finished 2nd out of 9 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Great run, just found one too good on the day. The Third horse was 11 lengths behind.

September 4th, 2022
Raced over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Finished 9th out of 12 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good first run after being retired and being out of work for a long time.

August 23rd, 2022
He has been in full work and has had 2 grass gallops including this morning. He is fit at present. He can be a bit of a hot horse.

May 27th, 2021
A decision has been made to bring Afropolitan out of retirement. He is now in KZN and will be trained by Kom Naidoo.

December 29th, 2021
Afropolitan was retired by the Hollywood Syndicate on 28th December. He had two unplaced starts.

December 23rd, 2021
Raced over 1200m at the Vaal. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He has shown no improvement after 2 runs. Clinton Binda said we should retire him.

November 25th, 2021
Raced over 1400m at the Vaal. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He showed speed for 400m and went backwards after that. Finished a long way back.

February 8th, 2021
This colt seems to be coming along nicely and should be due to have a grass gallop in the next few weeks. That will give us a good idea of where he is in his preparation for a debut thereafter. Pictured below, after his workout this morning.