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Picture: Rain In Holland (JC Photos).

 

Sean Tarry is looking forward to a new chapter in his career and the five times national champion trainer is still hungry for more Grade 1 success.

A Cape campaign is one of the plans on his short term agenda.
 
Rain In Holland, who answered the critics who questioned her Equus Champion Two-year-old filly award by becoming the unquestionable Equus Champion Three-year-old filly, will be his chief campaigner.
 
She had to have a minor procedure done after it was discovered just before her intended KZN campaign last season she had an entrapped epiglottis.
 
The chances of a full recovery from this condition are usually high and she is back in full work, although she has not yet had a grass gallop.
 
He said there was no sign of anything to be concerned about with her breathing.
 
Her chief target is the Grade 1 Cartier Paddock Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth on L’Ormarins King’s Plate day January 7.
 
However, she might run in the Gauteng Summer Cup before that on November 26. 
 
A more conservative option would be to run her in the Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge on the same day.
 
He said it would all depend on how the weight structure for the Summer Cup pans out.
 
Rain In Holland is currently rated 118, so if William Robertson does take his place she will only have to carry 56,5kg and will thus only be giving the bottom weights 2,5kg.
 
If she was definitely taking her place she would surely be shorter than her current price of around 25/2.
 
Tarry said two good outsiders in the current betting for the Summer Cup would be Litigation (25/1) and Pyromaniac (20/1).
 
Pyromaniac has had two runs after a layoff and gelding and finished a good second over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville, before mowing down a small field over 1450m at Turffontein Inside. 
 
With the gelding he should become more consistent than he was as a three-year-old and being by Silvano out of the SA Oaks winner Pine Princess he should be continually improving and should get the Summer Cup trip. He will soon show how good he is.
 
Tarry has always rated Litigation, who also struck as one who would come into his own as a four-year-old.
 
He came back recently in a race over the too sharp 1200m.
 
Tarry’s other chief Cape campaigner might well be Thunderstruck, whom he is thinking of targeting at the Grade 1 R2 million Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas.
 
Tarry will be assessing his other three-year-olds, but with most of them inexperienced or unraced it is hard to earmark targets.
 
He does have a couple who are eligible for the R7.5 million Gold Rush race, so will be hoping they put their hands up.
 
An older horse who might make the trip is Eden Roc, who seems to enjoy running on the coast and ended last season with a close up fourth in the Grade 2 Post Merchants.  
 
Tarry will not only be attempting to get the most out of his current stock, but will also be looking to build his buying power as he has ambitions of returning to the top of the pile. 
 
He was slightly disappointed some horses did not go for higher prices at his recent sale and that more of the horses did not stay in his yard.
 
However, he has never been one to dwell on the past and is embracing the challenge before him with fresh zest.
 
Water does not flow backwards and Tarry has always been one to look at what is in front of him and how to get the best out of it, rather than pine for the good old days, as it were.
 
For example, he was one of the few trainers in the country to embrace the merit rating system and get to know its ins and outs and it gave him a definite edge.
 
South African racing is currently rising from the embers thanks to the input of some fine people like the Oppenheimer family, Hollywoodbets and Greg Bortz.
 
Tarry will be looking to ride this positive wave and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.