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Picture: Let’s Go Now (right) denies boom sire Danon Platina a first black type success by scything down the favourite White Pearl in the Gr 3 Bewtway Mother Russia Stakes. (JC Photos) 

Sean Tarry has seemed by some to have not fired this season as well as he did last season, but in fact he is doing just as well if not better than he was at this stage last season.

He won 27 stakes races last season and this season approaching tihe halfway mark has only won three stakes races, two of them on Saturday at Turffontein Standside.

However, at this stage last season he had in fact also only won three stakes races, a Listed event with Litigation in Johannesburg and two Gr 2s with Princess Calla in Cape Town.

In fact as far as feature race wins go, Tarry is doing better this season than last because he has also won four Non-Black Type events compared to none by this stage last season.

Last season his only two Non-Black Type wins were both on KZN Breeders day in June and both were for R135,000 races.

This season he has won the R400,000 BSA Sales Cup with Mrs Geriatrix, the R600,000 Cape Racing Sales Ready To Run Stakes with Tail Of The Comet and two NBT races with Thunderstruck for R200,000 and R250,000 respectively.

It just shows how high the expectations are of him that he has been considered by some to not be having a good season!

The question is whether he can reproduce the devastating form which saw him producing 24 stakes wins from 26 February until July 31 last year, including seven Gr 1s.

Saturday could have heralded the beginning of his run this season.

First the Drakenstein Stud-bred homebred Silver Hills bounced back to her best with a strong finish from off the pace to land the Listed Betway Wolf Power 1600 under Serino Moodley. She was the only filly in the race and touched off the Grand Heritage winner Unzen.

Then the Varsfontein Stud-bred Gimmethegreenlight filly Let’s Go Now proved the greenness which characterised her two-year-old career was behind her when producing a storming late run under S’Manga Khumalo to win the Gr 3 Mother Russia Stakes over 1400m.

The Mother Russia Stakes would have been frustrating for the Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein Stud operation because, in an event named after their former stalwart mare, their boom sire Danon Platina was once again narrowly denied a first black type success when White Pearl was scythed down late by Let’s Go Now. It was White Pearl’s fourth feature race second in succession, which includes three Gr 3 events.

Michele Wing of Gold Circle’s Racing News compiled the following Mother Russia Stakes post race comments:

Turffontein R300 000 13 January 2024
🎤S’MANGA KHUMALO: “We didn’t have the best of draws to follow horses we really wanted to, but I was following Muzi. When I came into the straight, I want to angle her slightly out, but I saw they stuck to their station on the inside. Once I looked over and saw the grey (White Pearl), I thought this is the time to try and get my filly a length a closer to her. From then, it was a little bit of a tight gap and had to wait a little bit as I had a horse on my outside, but once my filly started to make her move forward, we managed to get through and put on a great fight all the way through. She’s small, but she’s got a big heart. Mr Tarry really likes her a lot”.
🎤SEAN TARRY: “Both our winners weren’t in the original races (postponed from last week due to weather) and re-entered. They still ended up with small fields, so it’s a good thing to have added a couple more to help and it’s worked out in my favour. S’Manga rode a perfect race. It’s turned out to be a nice day. We’re going carefully with Mia Moo (ran 3rd), because we feel she just needs to strengthen up and may well be something. Well done to all the owners for just allowing me to be patient with these fillies. I think they have all got a future”.
🏆Winner: 3. LET’S GO NOW / Sean Tarry / S’Manga Khumalo
2nd : 1. White Pearl / Mike de Kock / Gavin Lerena
3rd : 10. Mia Moo / Sean Tarry / Malesela Katjedi
4th : 7. Lady Fallon / Lucky Houdalakis / Diego De Gouevia
🏆Winning Owners: Kestorm Investments (Nom: Mr Kenneth Pillay)
Winning Breeders: Varsfontein Stud
Breeding: Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) x Star Express by Silvano (GER)
🏇Race Record: Starts : 3 Wins : 3 Places : Earnings R394 500