Red Letter Day For Sandown, Summer Cup Day News

Tilbury Fort. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Sean Tarry said he would keep his feet on the ground with G-Bets Summer Cup winner Tilbury Fort and he was unlikely to go for the Sun Met.

He had a red letter day on Saturday bagging six winners and for the second time this year gave a former horse of his a first stakes winner at stud.

Tarry said he would find a Highveld program for Tilbury Fort and then have another crack at the Vodacom Durban July.

Tarry clinched a first stakes winner for his former July winner Pomodoro when Return Flight won the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes over 1600m on Gold Cup day at Greyville and on Saturday he clinched a first stakes winner for his former inmate Skit Skizzle, whose Chris van Niekerk-owned daughter Cordillera won the Listed Secretariat Stakes over 1400m.

Skitt Skizzle. We featured him last month as a stallion to follow.

Both Pomodoro and Skit Skizzle are by the late great Jet Master and both are out of Northern Guest mares. These are also the same lines upon which the great sprinter J J The Jet Plane was bred. However, Skit Skizzle was not nearly as well performed as either Pomodoro or J J. He won three ordinary races and in his only attempt at a Graded race he finished fourth in the Grade 2 Senor Santa Handicap over 1160m.

Tarry said, “He was as good as any of the others and won his first race (over 1200m at the Vaal) by ten lengths. The difference was we decided not to geld him and he just became too heavy. He was a massive horse.”

His last race in the June of his four-year-old year was mediocre and Tarry and owner Chris van Niekerk than asked Neil and Lyth Orford if they would like to stand him at their Bosworth Farm Stud in Klerksdorp.

In his first season he only received five mares, all Bosworth owned.

Cordillera’s dam by Right Approach, Quinoa, was an ordinary racehorse.

She was sent to Port Elizabeth after just two runs on the Highveld and took 16 starts in all to win her only race. However, that hasn’t stopped Cordillera from winning two of her three races to date, including the Secretariat on Saturday where she ran on strongly. Tarry was not surprised and pointed out that although Against The Grain had been the stable elect Cordillera’s last run when green and finishing well in a strong field had been “very, very good.” She had originally been earmarked to make her debut in a barrier trial in KZN but ended up missing it and was then sent up to the Highveld to run in a Workrider’s Maiden. Tarry had expected a good run there, so was thrilled when she won so well.

The Tarry-trained and Van Niekerk-owned Skit Skizzle colt Tierra Del Fuego also looks promising, having gone close on debut then winning his second start over 1400m at Scottsville by 6,25 lengths and then finishing third over 1600m first time out the maidens.

Tarry agreed that considering the success Skitt Skizzle had had to date with so few mares his future looked exciting and he should now receive outside support.

James Armitage (pictured with Susan Rowett), Chairman of the Cape Breeders Club from Sandown Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Tarry was also pleased with the run of the Pomodoro colt Shuckra in the Secretariat and by all accounts he looks to be one to follow.

Tarry’s first winner on Saturday and the first of four for Lyle Hewitson was an easy one by the Captain Al colt Mythical Bolt and he felt this horse had a bright future. He said he would be taking a chance by travelling him down to Cape Town straight away as he was eyeing a race for him on December 22 which would help him qualify for the $500,000 CTS 1200, if he had not done so already.

He praised S’Manga Khumalo for a terrific ride in the next when he got Purple Diamond up in a 1000m handicap and he said this success would not necessarily mean he would stick to sprints with the former Grade 2 Golden Slipper winner.

Cordillera, ridden by Luke Ferraris, was next and two races later Hewitson won the Grade 2 Gold Rush Derby Run Merchants on his favourite horse, Africa Rising. Tarry is not sure of this horse’s next step yet but he was already earmarking the Grade 2 Hawaii Stakes over 1400m for Captain And Master who missed the break and then from a hopeless positioned powered through the field for third in the Merchants.

The last of the yard’s winners was with Zilzaall rdden by Hewitson to a three length victory in a 1600m maiden. This Silvano colt looks promising although he looks likely to appreciate further than a mile.

It was also a red letter day for James Armitage’s Sandown Stud, who bred / raised four of the winners on G-Bets Gauteng Summer Cup Day.

The breeders in the past of Beach Beauty and Magnificent Seven, James also produced winners Gyre, Three To Tango, Action Replay, Schippers (Gr3 Magnolia Handicap winner) and Tilbury Fort – all on G-Bets Gauteng Summer Cup Day!

-extract David Thiselton

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