LAST Monday, when Champion Trainer Sean Tarry discussed Carry On Alice’s future career at stud with Turf Talk, he said:  “This is real life and if we don’t have a fairytale ending to her racing career, so be it. Cowboys don’t cry!”

She created the fairtytale ending. And the cowboys cried all the same. SA’s racing ranch wiped collective  tears away with Carry On Alice’s connections as she brought the curtain down on her great career with a slam-dunk win in the Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint over 1200m at Scottsville.

Tarry hasn’t shown this much emotion in a post-race interview in a long time, perhaps never before. He actually paled as he fought to hold back his tears, eventually forcing a few sentences out as his audience gulped with him – the racing public adores this mare too.

“What an absolute privilege to have trained her, she is so very special, a tough mare, a star,” said Tarry before praising his training team for their hard work.

S’Manga Khumalo, whose own rise to the top has more or less co-incided with the feats of the Captain Al mare, rode her to all 11 of her victories since March 2014. “This was her most special win. I left her alone and when I picked her up, she quickened smartly,” said the jockey.

Owned by Chris Van Niekerk, Dr John and Mrs Jill Warner and her breeders, Klawervlei Stud, Carry On Alice retires with 11 wins and 13 places from 29 starts, including 5 Gr1s. She earned just short of R4,6-million in prize money.

“Alice is a superstar and will be treated as such for the rest of her life – a phenomenal horse who has given her all at every outing – love her so much!” commented Jill Warner.

As per last week’s reports, Carry On Alice will be shipped to Australia via the UK, where she is likely to be covered by a top UK stallion before moving Down Under.

Photo by Candiese Marnewick.



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