Picture: Lucky Lad was an impressive winner of the Grade 2 WSB SA Nursery (JC Photos).
Sean Tarry spoke about the targets of his best runners after another halcyon day at Turffontein on Saturday in which he did the Grade 2 WSB SA Fillies Nursery and Grade 2 WSB Nursery double together with stalwart jockey Richard Fourie.
His SA Nursery winner, the Gimmethegreenlight colt Lucky Lad, was possibly the most impressive winner of the entire day as he won effortlessly after a tardy start.
Tarry said the slow start had not really worried him because everything had fallen into place after a furlong.
Lucky Lad looked a class act when he drew clear and he won by 2,75 lengths.
He is unbeaten in three and Tarry understated, “He is coming along the right way.”
He will now head for the Grade 1 Gold Medallion over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville and he will take it from there.
Lucky Lad has certainly struck as one who has the class to go further and his pedigree suggests he will too as he is out of Caesour mare Imperial State, whose two wins were over 1600m and she went close in a Grade 3 over 1800m as well.
Tarry said Richard Fourie had done well to get his Vercingetorix filly Mrs Geriatrix up late by a neck in the Fillies Nursery.
She is also unbeaten in three. She also looks to have class and should stay further on pedigree.
The Grade 1 Allan Robertson at Hollywoodbets Scottsville will be her next step.
Tarry was disappointed with the run of American Graffiti in the SA Fillies Nursery and said she had travelled far too well and was fighting when being eased back. It had not panned out well and she did not get a smooth passage. She is better than that run.
Tarry was also clearly disappointed with Rain In Holland’s third place finish in the big one, the Grade 1 Premier’s Champions Challenge.
He said, “MK’s Pride was not the horse she wanted to be behind because he kept easing it up.”
She was then hampered late in the race by the hanging second-placed Second Base.
Tarry said, “It was a complete mess of a race and if they ran it again tomorrow she could go very close.”
She is going for the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 as her final run before the Hollywoodbets Durban July.
He said it was hard for fifth-placed Nebraas to run on off a slow pace and felt if they had gone faster he might have finished on top of them. The July and Gold Cup will be his missions.
He said it had been the wrong race in which to try a new hold up tactic with Litigation and the slow pace had scuppered his chances. He will go for the WSB 1900 at Hollywoodbets Greyville as his next step towards the July.
Bless My Stars will also be going for the Woolavington. He said she had gone for home a bit too early in the Grade 2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes over 2000m after going hard up in front but he feels she would have had no chance with the winner Gilded Butterfly on the day anyway. The latter ran a time exactly two seconds quicker than the Champions Challenge.
He said the 1000m had proven too sharp for Princess Calla in the Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Computaform Sprint but he said he had had no choice but to run her because it would be a springboard into the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. He was disappointed she had not held on for second place but was happy with the run.
Big Burn ran a good fifth in the Computaform considering the weights and he felt the Grade 2 Post Merchants would be a more suitable race for her than the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint.
He felt Full Velocity had not fired up the way he had expected her too in the Grade 2 Camellia Stakes but was not unhappy with her fifth place finish and felt the run might bring her on further. She would likely go the same route as Big Burn.
He was disappointed with Sweet Pepper’s run in the Camellia.
However, he was thrilled with the victory of Marigold Hotel in the Grade 3 Dennis Drier Poinsettia Stakes over 1200m, although he pointed out she had been well weighted.
Marigold Hotel will go for the Tibouchina Stakes over 1400m.
He said The Africa House, who ran a good second in a Juvenile Plate at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday, might be aimed at the Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe over 1400m on July day.
Meanwhile, Thunderstruck is on target for the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint at Hollywoodbets Scottsville, where he won the Gold Medallion last year.