IT took three attempts for star mare Carry On Alice to win the Gr1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship over 1000m but she finally added the coveted sprinting trophy to her roll of honour with a game performance in the 2017 renewal at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Carry On Alice (S’Manga Khumalo) kept running hard with pressure from all around her, stuck to her guns in the last 50m and held off a low-flying Trip To Heaven, who almost denied his stable companion her first CFC.
Significantly, Carry On Alice was the first Sean Tarry-trained runner to win a Gr1 in her two-; three-; four and five-year-old careers, having pinned the Gr1 SA Nursery, the Gr1 SA Fillies Classic and the Gr1 Computaform Sprint to her performance chart in previous seasons.
“Everything went smoothly this time. We brought Carry On Alice to Cape Town and raced her fit,” said Tarry.
“Thanks to Mr Tarry, without his support none of this would be possible,” said Khumalo, who had to call for an extra effort late in the race.
Carry On Alice, by Captain Al from Carry On Katie, by Western Winter, was bred by Klawervlei Stud and races for Chris Van Niekerk, John and Jill Warner and John Koster’s Klawervlei Syndicate. She’s won nine of 26 starts for R3,941 million in stake returns.