Tarry Grateful For Free Rein With R7 Million Colt
Sean Tarry had the sales record-breaking R7 million colt Celestial City sent to him just before he had turned four and emphasised his gratitude to owner Henning Pretorius for allowing him to do things his own way despite the horse’s age and his price tag.
Pettigrew hoping for more Good Fortune with talented mare
Five-year-old mare will try for seventh win of her career when she takes on nine rivals in Turffontein’s fifth race on Saturday
To say Bold Fortune is a bargain buy is putting it mildly. She was bought from Narrow Creek Stud for R45,000 and has earned nearly R600,000.
The paddock value for this daughter of Flower Alley is mega. Last season, she won the Ipi Tombe Stakes, beating Perfect Witness (slightly disappointing last weekend).
Bookies have priced Bold Fortune up at 3-1, which appears generous as most of her opponents have plenty of miles on the clock. Divine Odyssey, for example, is eight years old and perhaps his stablemate, Second Base, will emerge as the main danger to Pettigrew’s runner.
Second Base has done his connections proud with seven wins and earnings topping R1.2m, but Gavin Lerena will have to overcome the widest draw.
Nebraas is another runner who has earned over R1m and it’s interesting that Sean Tarry has booked Piere Strydom for last season’s Gold Bowl winner.
It’s quite possible the Pettigrew stable could take three legs of the Pick Six as Gilded Butterfly (fourth race) and Whafeef (seventh) have sound chances in their races.
Gilded Butterfly makes most appeal of this duo as the four-year-old — yet another daughter of Flower Alley — is in a thin race and receives 6kg from the hat-trick-seeking Terra Time.
Three-time winner Whafeef is in a more difficult race as all of Outofthedarkness, Another Level and Indlamu will have their supporters.
Candice Dawson’s runner, Another Level, rises in class but the Twice Over gelding has only raced eight times and should do well with Muzi Yeni doing the steering.
Arguably, the most interesting race of the day is the eighth in which former Paul Peter inmate Vanderbilt will bid to win his sixth consecutive race.
Quite clearly, the handicapper is fed up with the four-year-old and has slapped him with a nine-point penalty for his latest win.
It’s a shrewd move by trainer Robyn Klaasen to engage apprentice Siyanda Sosibo with his 4kg claim, but these youngsters get an allowance for a reason and the inexperienced rider is taking on one of racing’s legends in Piere Strydom.
“Striker” has been booked for Roy Magner’s runner, Kotinos, and this up-and-coming four-year-old can reward his backers — and Hong Kong owner Robert Chung — with a third win.
* Trainer William Haggas has told the UK media that it’s “terribly important” Baaeed wins Saturday’s Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.
“He’s just got everything. I’ve always likened my job to that of the headmaster at a boarding school. This horse would get 10 A stars. He would be captain of rugby, cricket and football or hockey. He’d breeze into Cambridge, then he’d be prime minister. He’s just got it all.”
The Champion Stakes is off at 5pm (SA time) on Saturday.
1st Race: No Selection
2nd Race: (10) Solo Diva (2) Midnight Crystal (1) Smelting (7) Lunar Winter
3rd Race: (4) Union Square (1) Swing Upon A Star (3) Strike A Match (5) Tsar Bomba
4th Race: (4) Gilded Butterfly (1) Terra Time (3) Greek Miss (5) Lilliana
5th Race: (10) Bold Fortune (3) Second Base (1) Nebraas (5) Imperial Ruby
6th Race: (3) Sun Bird (4) Stunning Kitten (1) Linganomore (5) Pinky Levine
7th Race: (11) Another Level (10) Whafeef (1) Outofthedarkness (8) Indlamu
8th Race: (6) Kotinos (1) Vanderbilt (2) Argo Alley (7) Whispers Of War
9th Race: (4) Meridius (2) Vivacious Spirit (3) Destiny Of Souls (1) Fast Love
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Mystery Dame Welcomes Declarationofpeace Filly
In a foaling record for the farm in one day, five mares welcomed five fillies at Macrath Stud for Rathmor Stud on Thursday.
Mystery Dame (Jet Master), the dam of Gr1 winner Lady In Black and Gr2 winner and KZN Mile winner Nexus, produced a filly by Declarationofpeace.
Others to foal included Fiftyshadesdarker (Gimmethegreenlight), a full sister to Gr1 winner Gunnar, by Declarationofpeace as well as Clarion Call (Kabool) – the dam of Hollywood Syndicate’s multiple winning full siblings Spyda’s Corner and Purple Powahouse.
Declarationofpeace. Image: Candiese Lenferna
Last but not least were Seeking Venus (Trippi) and the last Noble Tune foal to be born came from Spice Girl (Var).
Declarationofpeace (War Front) covered a full book last season and has once again received maximum support for the current season.
He stands for a fee of R20 000 live foal. He won three times including the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
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Callum Hutchinson takes off a useful 5lb and if first-time cheekpieces help Symbolize show his best, then expect him to be involved in the finish with the ground in his favour.
Why did US Hall Of Fame Jockey Alex Solis get in to trouble on December 30, 1992?
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“When he took his hands out of his pockets I just swung at him with my left hand,” explained Alex Solis after a spectator had accused him of riding a bad race on December 30, 1992. The comment incited Solis to break the racegoer’s nose with a devastating punch.
Solis had grown up poor on a farm in San Carlos, Panama and was determined to change that for himself and his family when he left his homeland for South Florida in 1982. He can still remember the tears his mother, Isabelle, shed the day he left.
With 5,035 victories in North America in a career that started in 1981, Solis won 84 grade 1 races and piloted champions Snow Chief , Bertrando , Ryafan, and Kona Gold, among others. He earned more than $238 million in purses from 33,966 North American starts. His top earner was Pleasantly Perfect , who he rode to victory in the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and the Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (G1) in 2004.