Sean Tarry is planning his Cape Summer Festival Of Racing campaign and a surprise name among his potential string is Princess Calla.
She won two Grade 2’s and a Grade 3 for Adam Marcus before being sent up to Ashley Fortune on the Highveld and winning the Grade 1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes over 1600m.
Tarry said he knew the now five-year-old Flower Alley mare, who is owned by Mario Ferreira, had been rested in KZN before being sent to him.
He felt her chief target for the Cape Summer would be the Majorca, where she ran third last season to the crack fillies Captain’s Ransom and Chansonette.
He felt the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes might come too soon for her.
His Equus Champion three-year-old filly from last season, Rain In Holland, will be his chief Cape Summer campaigner.
The Grade 1 Paddock Stakes is her chief target.
It will be a humdinger of a race as she will likely be taking on Chansonette and maybe Captain’s Ransom, a north vs south battle royale.
Tarry said another Cape Summer contender could be Bless My Stars (Gimmethegreenlight).
She finished a narrow third in the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes for Paul Peter and in her second start for Tarry won a Graduation Plate over 1600m in fine style.
The Grade 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas on December 3 is on her radar, although it might depend on the draw she lands.
Meanwhile, he was happy with the second run for his yard of another crack former Paul Peter-trained filly, Big Burn ( Elusive Fort).
He said, “She had a big weight to carry (when second in the Listed Gardenia Stakes over 1000m) and maybe went a little soon, otherwise she could have won.”
On the breeding front his former Grade 1-winning stalwart Chimichuri Run (Trippi) has been covering well at Blue Sky Thoroughbreds in the KZN Midlands and one interesting mare he received was the former Tarry-trained four time-winning 109 rated sprinter Tropic Sun.