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Picture: Pyromaniac (JC Photos).

Sean Tarry regards Nebraas, Litigation and Pyromaniac as his biggest three Betway Summer Cup hopes.

He did not mention rain In Holland other than being one of his chief Cape Town campaigners. 
 
Tarry has dominated the Summer Cup recently and has won four of the last five renewals.
 
He has seven entries still standing their ground this year, those mentioned above plus previous winner Zillzaal as well as Shango and Marigold Hotel.
 
He only had two in the top 20 of the final log, Rain In Holland and Nebraas.
 
He had two in the next five looking in, Pyromaniac and Zillzaal.
 
However, Litigation then booked his place by winning the Grade 3 Tab4Racing Victory Moon Stakes.
 
Tarry said, “It wasn’t the plan to run him in the Victory Moon, but I was forced to because his run beaten seven lengths in the (Allied-Steelrode Onamission) Charity Mile wasn’t even good enough to get into the next five. In the Victory Moon the big horses all had big weights and some were going to need the run, so I thought it was worth taking a chance carrying just 51kg, even without it purely being a run to get into the Summer Cup. It was difficult to find a jockey but I got lucky and Philasande Mxoli rode a great race.”
 
He added, “But Litigation will still go in under sufferance.”
 
Tarry did win the Summer Cup last year with a horse who was 4kg under sufferance i.e. Flying Carpet, but a look at his three-year-old form showed him to have a big chance.
 
With that in mind Tarry said, “The one who has the perfect Summer Cup profile is Pyromaniac.”
 
This son of Silvano is out of SA Oaks winner Pine Princess, so is bred to easily get the trip and he also showed some classic class. He finished just a 1,50 length second to Equus Three-year-old Male Champion Safe Passage in the Grade 2 WSB Gauteng Guineas.
 
Pyromaniac was a touch inconsistent as a three-year-old but Tarry is confident that will have been sorted out by gelding.
 
He won his first start as a a gelding in his seasonal reappearance over 1450m carrying 60kg in a Graduation Plate.
 
Tarry then specifically ran him in the Charity Mile as he believed going in to the Summer Cup off a 1600m run would be a better option than the 1800m of the Victory Moon.
 
He said considering the wide draw he had and a bad passage in running he had not run a bad race to be beaten just 5,25 lengths into seventh.
 
Pyromaniac moved up well in the straight towards the outside after being dropped out but was continually faced with a wall of horses and ended up on the inside. 
 
Tarry added, “If he had been better drawn and had better luck in running he could have run three lengths off and everybody would be saying it was a perfect prep. I was pleased with the run and I will still be surprised if he does not get into the Summer Cup. There are a few horses who didn’t cover themselves in glory in the Victory Moon.”  
 
He felt Nebraas had also had a perfect preparation.
 
He said,  “He ran a very good 2,50 length fifth in the Victory Moon.”
 
He added a touch tongue in cheek, “That was especially considering the 2200m of the July was apparently too short for him!”
 
Nebraas was eliminated from the Hollywoodbets Durban July despite very good staying form and some evidence that he was effective over as short as 1800m.
 
Tarry said, “He was the fastest finisher in the Victory Moon.”
 
It was indeed an eyecatching run and should have put him spot on for the Summer Cup.
 
At present Rain In Holland is the shortest of Tarry’s chief Summer Cup entries on 10/1.
 
However, he had said earlier he was not sure whether he would run her there or in the Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge on the same day, so she is a risky ante-post proposition.
 
Litigation is 14/1 and Nebraas and Pyromaniac are 20/1 and 25/1 respectively.
 
Shango is 67/1 and both Zillzaal and Marigold Hotel are 100/1.