Zillzaal (28-1) kept on resolutely to pull off a major surprise in claiming the inaugaral Gauteng Chris Gerber Summer Cup at Turffontein on Saturday.
Three turned out to be Sean Tarry’s lucky number at Turffontein on Saturday for a couple of reasons, all with #SAFbred horses.
Firstly, when Zillzaal crossed the line to win the Gauteng Chris Gerber Summer Cup, proudly brought to you by Bidvest, it gave Tarry his third successive win in this R2-million Grade 1 race over 2000m on the Standside track. Secondly, it was the champion trainer’s third successive feature win on the day, following on from victories in the Grade 2 New Turf Carriers Merchants with Mardi Gras (Oratorio and bred by Avontuur) and the TAB/Betting World Dingaans with Shango (Captain Of All and bred by Heritage Stud).
Oratorio enjoyed another tremendous day, aside from Mardi Gras securing the Gr2, his other sons Van Halen and Ultra Magnus run 3rd and 4th respectively.
Captain Of All who stands at Klawervlei Stud, is soaring to new heights as the young son of Captain Al, saw Shango secure the Gr2 and produced 3 winners yesterday alone, 2 in Turffontein and 1 at Kenilworth. Captain Of All was the leading juvenile first season sire by Stakes Earned last season.
In his third run since gelding, Zillzaal, the son of Silvano made all and held off a late challenge from favourite Soqrat by 0.40 lengths. A head back in third came another Tarry inmate, Al Mutawakel, with filly Queen Supreme taking fourth, beaten just 1.60 lengths.
The happiest bloke on the course was apprentice Denis Schwarz, who rode his first Grade 1 winner – and what a win it was! This youngster has always had his enthusiasm emblazoned on his short and always gives a good account of himself. Going into the meeting he was 12th on the national jockeys log and leading the apprentice race, by just one win from Luke Ferraris.
Going into the draw Tarry had not named all his jockeys for his four runners and Schwarz was hoping to pick up one of the rides. “Many people thought I was waiting to find jockeys because of the weights,” said Tarry. “I already had the jockeys I was going to use, I was just waiting for the draws to see how I would use them.”
Schwarz was named on Zillzaal and Ferraris on Al Mutawakel. As the gates opened Schwarz wasted no time in taking his mount to the front from No 15 draw. When the field came for home, using his light weight of 52, he extended his lead and made the pack chase him. Firstly Queen Supreme and Al Mutawakel came at him but then a bigger danger loomed on the outside in the form of Soqrat.
Marcus slowly closed the gap and it looked as if he would get there but the line came in time for Tarry’s charge, owned Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Makhtoum’s Al Adiyat South Africa.
“I felt like Piere Strydom coming into the straight,” said Schwarz, comparing his ride to the six-time former champion jockey.
Tarry quipped: “My instructions were simple. I told him to go the front, and run on from there.”
Jan Mantel’s Millstream Farm have welcomed a Var filly half sister to Zillzaal (pictured) this season for owners and breeders Al Adiyaat (Sheik Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum).
Images: Candiese Lenferna and Millstream Stud