JUSTIN Snaith-trained two-year-old Tarantino, who broke the ice in a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1,100m at Kenilworth on Sunday, became a movie star at his birth on 3 October, 2017, at Nutfield Stud.
Gary Jolliffe of Golden Touch Thoroughbreds, who operates from Nutfield, told Turf Talk: “They needed a full birth from start-to-finish for a part of the shape-shift short film, ‘The Bull’.
“The full film crew of nine people moved into our house for five days as the mare was 14 days overdue when we told them it was all systems go and to get there fast. She held on for another five days.
“The film was shot by up-and-coming film director, Kelsey Egan, and we were proud to have been involved,” noted Jolliffe.
Tarantino, by Master Of My Fate from Size Em Up, is a graduate of the 2019 CTS Ready To Run Sale and he races for Suzette Viljoen.
“Thanks to Suzette, she’s bought us some fabulous horses,” said the stable’s Chris Snaith. Viljoen also owns the smart Captain’s Ransom, winner of the recent Kuda Perfect Promise Sprint.
Oscar Foulkes noted that there is a little more to the back story and writes: “I bought Tarantino at the NYS as a pinhook prospect (for R100k). I liked him a lot at the time, and incidentally saw a lot of Hard Up in the colouring of his tail as well as the lighter shade of bay.
“Only after buying him did I notice his name. I’m a big (Quentin) Tarantino fan, as are my kids, so they were insistent that he should not be sold. He showed promise all the way through his RTR prep, so I was hopeful of a good outcome, but the sale as a whole was disastrous for us. He was not sold (R200k reserve), so early the next morning I got busy on my phone. Suzette Viljoen then bought him at her final bid (R120k). Because he went through NYS, he qualified for the BSA added stakes, as well as the full suite of CTS incentives.
“Suzette has been a great supporter, so I’m hoping that he continues to improve. She really deserves to own top horses.”