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Pyromaniac is one of two runners for the Sean Tarry yard in the Gr 3 Betway Summer Cup Consolation (JC Photos)
Turf Talk
Sean Tarry’s yard usually kicks in to top gear on Betway Summer Cup day.
He spoke about all of his runners for the big day.
Race 1: Tarry has the favourite, Proceed, in the 800m scurry that opens the meeting and this is not surprising considering the horse  hails from a five times national championship-winning yard, is by champion sire Gimmethegreenlight and has champion jockey elect Richard Fourie up and also has a favourable high draw by trends.
Tarry said, “There is no form to go on and all I can say is I think he will be running on nicely. The 800m may just catch him flat footed but he just seems like a horse who can run on strongly. Looking at the trainers who have accpted in the race, there is a good few of them who know how to get two-year-olds ready and those horses blitz. They have a lot of pace, whereas we will have to make up the ground in the last furlong. Hopefully he does it but I don’t have any strong line to go on … I don’t work my babies with older horses.”
Race 2: Tarry has well-bred Drakenstein Stud homebred Mid Winter Wind in the R300,000 Conditional Maiden Plate over 1160m from a nice draw of 13. This What A Winter colt is out of the Gr 1 Thekwini Stakes winner Lady In Black (Dynasty), who also won the Gr 3 Umzimkhulu Stakes and was second to Equus Horse Of The Year Oh Susanna in the Gr 1 Paddock Stakes. Tarry won the R300,000 Maiden on Princess Charlene Of Monaco Empress Club day in April this year with Silver Tudor (Lance) so will be out to bag something of a double here with Mid Winter Wind.
He said, “He made a very nice debut (1,50 length third from draw 11 over course and distance). He is a horse who I think is going to be better around the turn, but obviously for R300K we are trying to keep him sharp to have a crack at this one. The horse that beat us last time Dual Prophecy is in the race and we also obviously have healthy respect for Alec Laird’s filly Virgin River, who is a year older. But he’s certainly got a good chance. He’s fit and well and I’m hoping he gets away with the 1160m.”
Mid Winter Wind looks to have a draw advantage over the full-brother to See It Again Dual Prophecy as the latter has the tough draw by trends of one.
Race 3: Tarry runs Pyromaniac (Silvano) and Shango (Captain Of All) in the Betway Summer Cup Consolation over 2000m and they jump from draw 5 under Richard Fourie and from draw 4 under Luyolo Mxothwa respectively.
He said, “Both are not out of it. Shango’s last run was poor. Obviously he is going to improve a lot and I’m hoping he can make the required improvement. Pyromaniac’s comeback run was very good. His work is good, he’s moving well. The jury may be out over the distance? But he has run well enough over 1800m to take a chance in this field. He’s a horse who needs a good draw and he’s certainly got a chance if he sees out the distance.”
Race 4: He runs four-year-old Elusive Fort gelding Swing Upon A Star in the Gr 3 New Turf Carriers Merchants over 1160m. He is drawn 8 and Fourie rides.
Tarry said, “It would have been nice to put another run into him. It’s nice that he has got a decent sort of weight. I have always thought a bit of him. He hasn’t been an easy horse from a soundness point of view, but I feel I’ve got him in good order and a good run is expected. If I just had that one more run under the belt it would have given me a little more confidence but we are in a very tough race. The fancied horses look like tough nuts to crack.”
Race 5: Tarry runs Let’s Go Now (Gimmethegreenlight) from draw 14 in the Gr 3 Betway Fillies Mile with Fourie up.
He said, “She was immature last season. She has had two nice runs in Jo’Burg. Unfortunate draw, I feel that from a decent draw she could have challenged, or I could have been more confident of her challenging. She’s fit and well, her preparation has gone smoothly and we need some luck from the draw.”
Race 6: Tarry has The Africa House in the prestigious Gr 2 Jonsson Workwear Dingaans. This rangy What A Winter gelding suffered bad luck in his two-year-old career having shown promise, but he proved his class last time out in the Gr 2 Betway Graham Beck Stakes when running on from last for a 4,25 length fourth in a vintage field.
Tarry said, “I’ve always had a high regard for him. He has shown me from day one he would be better over a mile than sprints. I think he was unlucky that his campaign in Durban started with him being badly cut into at Hollywoodbets Scottsville, which set him back. I think we only saw a glimmer of his form with his first run back in Jo’Burg and he built on that the second time. You have obviously got to have healthy respect for the favourite on Saturday, he gave weight (3kg) and he was well clear of us. We were drawn in the bush and had to come from last and he did put it together really well. It is hard to imagine he is going to make up that amount of ground, but if the top horses are not at their best we will be ready to pounce.”
The Africa House has the advantage of pole position and Richard Fourie is aboard.
Race 7: Tarry spoke about his three Betway Summer Cup runners, Cousin CaseyBless My Stars and Litigation during the week. CLICK HERE TO READ HIS COMMENTS ON HIS SUMMER CUP TRIO
Race 8: Tarry runs Nebraas in the NBT ROA Stakes over 3200m where he carries topweight of 60kg and jumps from pole position under Richard Fourie.
Tarry said, “It was really a tough decision for me to not run him in the main one, especially considering the R20k bonus for the grooms, but it looked like the ROA was not a strong race. I do believe if they put these stayers races on their own day in the middle of the month they would get a lot more support than they do. But he is in a good place, he’s carried the weight before and it will come as no surprise if he does it again.”
Race 9: Tarry runs Marigold HotelMrs BrowningFull Velocity and Troppo Veloce in the Gr 3 Joburg Tourism Carry On Alice Stakes.
He said, “There is not one of them that is really out of it. Even a filly like Full Velocity, she was outpaced in a 1000m race, Piere rode her and even though they didn’t beat any home she finished strongly. I think that race will set her up for a much imprved run. Marigold Hotel has run to some big guns, 1200m may be a touch on the sharp side but she has won a Gr 3 over this trip although maybe in slightly weaker company. Mrs Browning I think she is teed up for this race, but she is carrying a lot of weight. Troppo Veloce is no slouch. She’s moving quite well from where we started and she won a good race. I thought she would be more speedy in her comeback run, but she ran on, she was almost outpaced a bit. I’m hopeful for decent runs, it’s very hard to stick your neck out.”
Marigold Hotel (draw 8, Mxothwa), Mrs Browning (draw 18 Fourie), Full Velocity (Draw 16, Strydom) and Troppo Veloce draw 10 Matsunyane) are respectively 2kg, 2kg, 3kg and 6kg under sufferance with the best weighted Cold Fact, acording to official merit ratings.
Race 10 Tarry runs Dynasty gelding Jet Dynasty in the MR 84 Handicap with Gavin Lerena up.
He said, “Jet Dynasty is quite an honest horse. He does give his best on a galloping course like the Standside track. Once or twice he might have been favourite on the inside course but he is always going to be under pressure on the inside course. He builds up and he only really gets going in the last furlong. To be fair to him he has only ever not shaped in the Listed Derby Trial and once over 2400m. He’s fit and well, he’s got a lousy draw but besides that he’s definitely got a chance. He’s very laid back in his work but he should improve this season given his pedigree (by Dynasty out of the versatile Jet Master mare Jet Belle, who won the Gr 3 Poinsettia over 1200m twice, but also won the Gr 2 Gold Bracelet over 2000m).