Early pace key for Al Sa­hem

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

NA­TIONAL cham­pion trainer Sean Tarry (pic­tured) will at­tempt to land his third Vo­da­com July on Satur­day where he has four run­ners. He also spoke about his other run­ners on the day. He said both Al Sa­hem and Safe Har­bour had trav­elled back to Rand­jes­fontein to be pre­pared for the July af­ter their good Daily News and Woolav­ing­ton runs as “the fa­cil­i­ties there suit them bet­ter.”

Tarry said about Al Sa­hem’s pole po­si­tion draw, “I would have pre­ferred to be out of the scrum, but I ex­pect him to have enough early pace to find sec­ond or third place in the run­ning.”

He is 0,5kg bet­ter off with Edict Of Nantes for a 0,5 length beat­ing in the Daily News 2000, and it would also be worth bear­ing in mind Tarry’s first July win­ner Po­modoro won the SA Derby, then ran be­low par in the Daily News be­fore win­ning the July car­ry­ing 55kg. Al Sa­hem only has to carry 53,5kg.

His sire Sil­vano has al­ready pro­duced three July win­ners. S’Manga Khu­malo re­places An­thony Delpech, who is re­tained by the own­ers of Nightin­gale.

Woolav­ing­ton 2000 third-placed Safe Har­bour im­pressed in her tele­vised July gal­lop along­side Al Sa­hem but Tarry re­minded, “It was a good gal­lop, but Al Sa­hem is a lazy horse.” He added, “She has run her last cou­ple of starts as if she is look­ing for this trip.” The long-strid­ing three-year-old daugh­ter of Elu­sive Fort is drawn eleven and has snuck into the hand­i­cap with the min­i­mum weight of 52kg. Nooresh Juglall rides.

Tarry is “very happy” with former Daily News 2000 win­ner French Navy, whom he says has im­proved since a tongue ties was ap­plied three runs ago. He said his last start can safely be ig­nored as he hated the blinkers and was also hit in the eye by a clod. Lead­ing ap­pren­tice Lyle He­wit­son gets his sec­ond July ride on a horse who looks well weighted in his third at­tempt at the big race.

Tarry said about Bet­ting World 1900 run­ner up Til­bury Fort, “He’s def­i­nitely on the up, but strictly on form will bat­tle to turn around the form with Al Sa­hem. He has had a nice prep and seems to en­joy Greyville. He was a lit­tle bit hand­ier than he usu­ally is in the 1900 and I think he will stay the trip.” This Horse Chest­nut three­year-old colt is of­fi­cially 2,5kg un­der suf­fer­ance and jumps from draw eleven. His jockey Greg Cheyne has won the July be­fore.

Tarry was happy his Gr 2 Dur­ban Golden Horse­shoe con­tender Cap­tain And Master had been able to see Greyville on Thurs­day where he put up an eye­catch­ing gal­lop along­side French Navy.

He said, “It is a strong race but I am con­fi­dent he is a good horse and he has a big chance.” Khu­malo rides from a plum draw.

His other con­tender in this race is Pur­ple Di­a­mond and he said, “He is also nice horse al­though he might be bet­ter over a mile.”

Tarry said his Gr 2 Gold Cir­cle Golden Slip­per con­tender Desert Rhythm was never at her best at home, but he added, “Her form sug­gests she is a big run­ner.” Khu­malo rides.

Tarry said about Lon­don Se­cret, “The jockey moved a bit early on her last time, so she will want a more pa­tient ride. I think Gavin (Ler­ena) will suit her.” She has a good turn of foot and should en­joy the course and dis­tance.

He said about Rockin Rus­sian, “She was very green around the turn last time, but ran on well. I ex­pect her to im­prove and can’t see the draw be­ing a big prob­lem as she will come from off them.”

He runs Tro­phy Wife in the Grade 3 Bet­ting World 2200 and said, “She was in sea­son last time in the Cup Trial, but ran on quite well. She will like the ex­tra dis­tance and I ex­pect a good run.”

The con­sis­tent seven-year-old sol­dier Serissa runs in the Gold Vase over 3000m and Tarry pointed out the race had not panned out well for him in his only at­tempt at this sort of dis­tance in the Gold Cup of 2014. He reck­oned he had im­proved this sea­son and didn’t en­vi­sion any­body tak­ing him on in front as they then would risk not see­ing it out, so it should pan out well this time from a good draw of two.

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