Yesterday at the Vaal the Sean Tarry-trained Sweet Pepper booked her place in the Drakensten Stud string who will be competing in the Champions Season.
The homebred is by Trippi out of the speedy and classy Gimmethegreenlight mare Green Pepper.
Tarry had said before yesterday;s race that he had been impressed with Sweet Pepper’s debut win over 800m because he had thought she would need the run.
She had not raced since that run in December due to a strained muscle.
He thought yesterday’s race would be a good test for her against decent opposition to see where she stood in the lead up to the Grade 1 Allan Robertson over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on June 4.
The fact she won it augurs well because he said she would come on from the run.
Tarry likely has the best Grade 1 record at Scottville of any trainer in history having won 13 races at the highest level at the Pietermaritzburg venue, one ahead of Dennis Drier..
He will be defending his crown in the Allan Robertson, which he won last year with Under Your Spell (Capetown Noir).
He will have a strong hand in the SA Fillies Sprint with Under Your Spell (Capetown Noir), Sound Of Warning and maybe Full Velocity.
Sound Of Warning, like Sweet Pepper, is a Drakenstein homebred by Trippi.
Tarry is also bullish about his chances in the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint where he will have Eden Roc, Chimichuri Run and Warrior’s Rest, who are all previous Scottsville Grade 1 winners. They will all come into that race well weighted. Tarry is particularly bullish about the chances of Eden Roc whom he pointed out had faultless form at Scottsville and was currently “spot on”.
He will also have a chance in the Grade 1 Gold Medallion with Thunderstruck (Rafeef), who won well second time out with first-time blinkers on.
Picture: Sweet Pepper wins the strongly contested first race at The Vaal today under Calvin Habib (JC Photos).