Summer Pudding became only the third filly to win the Triple Tiara after powering home in the Gr1 SA Oaks at a deserted Turffontein today. Gavin Lerena rode a confident race on Paul Peter’s charge, racing three wide early but able to tuck in before the final turn.
Summer Pudding looked to be making heavy weather of it with 400 m to run, but she kept finding to wear down Pomander and win rather comfortably in the end.
Owned by Jessica and Steven Jell, Summer Pudding is out of the mare Cherry On The Cake, who is a half-sister to the dam of the 2013 Triple Tiara winner Cherry On The Top.
The latter was trained by the legendary Ormond Ferraris, who is now a valuable member of the Paul Peter team as an advisor and Peter was profuse in his praise for the veteran trainer.
Mike de Kock has had more than his fair share of tribulations with Hawwaam but it was back to business as usual in the Gr1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes. De Kock attributed a disappointing Cape Summer to all of his horses being ‘flat’, including Hawwaam and Queen Supreme, and both turned in their best today. Callan Murray drove Hawwaam to a comfortable victory while Queen Supreme came from last to snatch second ahead of an always game Cirillo.
De Kock and owner Sheik Hamdan are keen to see Hawwaam take on international opposition – “he is good enough” confirmed De Kock – but just when the colt travels is up to export protocols.
If via Mauritius, Hawwaam will be in quarantine before the Vodacom Durban July but if the European Union gives the green light for direct export, the July will still be an option.
The SA Derby saw a major upset as rank outside Out Of Your League gave Fabian Habib the first Gr1 winner of his short career. It was a win of sheer courage as Out Of Your League, made most of the running. Swamped by challengers with a furlong to go, he rallied gamely under Raymond Danielson to run them all out of it. The finish was not without drama as Out Of Your League and Shango came together over the final furlong. Gavin Lerena chose to up-grade a race review to a full-blown objection but it was a desperate gamble that was never going to succeed.
Got The Greenlight ran a terrific race in third, all over the winner before the final 100m tapped the last of his stamina.
Congratulations to Mauritzfontein and Wilgerbosdrift who enjoyed another outstanding day with wins from Summer Pudding and the exacta of Hawwaam and Queen Supreme, whilst Champion sire Silvano had another outstanding day from the latter two winners.
File images: Candiese Lenferna