R40 mil­lion beck­ons for Tarry

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

NA­TIONAL Cham­pion trainer Sean Tarry (pic­tured) passed the milestone R30 mil­lion in stakes earn­ings with more than a month of the sea­son to go and af­ter an­other fan­tas­tic Vo­da­com Dur­ban July day on Satur­day there is a pos­si­bil­ity he might even reach an in­cred­i­ble R40 mil­lion for the sea­son.

Tarry scored a Grade 2 dou­ble on the day and then went within a head of land­ing the big one.

In the Dur­ban Golden Horse­shoe Tarry had two horses among a classy field and those who fol­lowed the su­per­sti­tion of back­ing the Chris van Niek­erk red capped horse on July day were smil­ing.

Both of Van Niek­erk’s Tarry-trained July win­ners wore the red cap and he had three run­ners on both of those oc­ca­sions.

Pur­ple Di­a­mond

Pur­ple Di­a­mond was an un­con­sid­ered 20/1 shot on Satur­day, while Cap­tain And Mas­ter was a fan­cied sec­ond favourite.

Pur­ple Di­a­mond, a bay colt by Var, came from some strong sprint form lines in Cape Town.

In his sec­ond start in Jo­han­nes­burg, when stepped up to 1 450m, he won a maiden in good style.

How­ever, even at that stage, he looked like one who was look­ing for fur­ther.

On Satur­day, he found the box seat on the rail in about fourth place un­der Nooresh Juglall, a for­mer twice SA Cham­pion ap­pren­tice, who had flown in from Sin­ga­pore for the day.

Desert Rhythm’s su­pe­rior stam­ina re­serves might well have won him the race as he stayed on res­o­lutely all the way to the line af­ter be­ing sent for home at the top of the straight.

Ear­lier, the book­mak­ers favourite Var­allo had looked the win­ner af­ter show­ing a good turn of foot to over­take the pace­maker and Tote favourite Ha­keem with 200m to go.

How­ever, Var­allo be­gan fal­ter­ing in the last 100m and it was left to the stay­ing on pair Pur­ple Di­a­mond and Ances­try to fight it out.

Pur­ple Di­a­mond man­aged to just get his nose down on the line and con­sid­er­ing the qual­ity of the field will be a big run­ner if he lines up in the Premiers Cham­pion Stakes over the more suit­able 1 600m trip.

Cap­tain and Mas­ter, a rangy son of Cap­tain Al, had gone down to the start a bit strongly and then pulling hard in the early stages.

Terry ex­plained later that this horse lacks early pace so and had to be rushed up to try and find po­si­tion and this caused him to over race.

S'Manga Khu­malo had no op­tion but to re­strain the horse and in do­ing so he ended up a long way off the pace.

How­ever, the big bay pro­duced a fine fin­ish­ing run from a hope­less po­si­tion and fin­ished third, a good feat con­sid­er­ing the en­ergy he had wasted.

If he lines up in the Premiers Cham­pion Stakes he will likely be left alone in the early stages.

What­ever, hap­pens this horse has a gi­ant stride and looks to have the po­ten­tial to set the world alight next sea­son, as long as he earns to set­tle.

Fly­ing Free was bumped at the top of the straight and had to be stead­ied be­fore mak­ing his run, so did well to fin­ish fourth.

Var­allo and Ha­keem might be rid­den more con­ser­va­tively if they line up in the Premier’s. Wol­jayrine ran on well for sixth.


How­ever, one of the most eye-catch­ing per­for­mances was from the rangy Naafer, who stayed on for sev­enth and could have got closer with a bit more luck. He should be a huge run­ner in the Premiers. In the Gold Cir­cle Golden Slip­per over 1 400m, Tarry’s Desert Rhythm was backed to favourite and dis­played a fine turn of foot be­fore stay­ing on res­o­lutely to win in good style by a length un­der Khu­malo.

How­ever, the race was run 0,83 sec­onds slower than the colts and geld­ings race. Desert Rhythm, who is by Mambo In Seat­tle, looks likely to en­joy 1 600m, so could fol­low up in the Grade 1 Thek­wini Stakes. Tarry also had the fourth placed horse Rockin Rus­sian and this horse stayed on in eye catch­ing style, so should also be a big run­ner in the Thek­wini.

Let It Flow

The run­ner up, the Lucky Houdalakis-trained Let It Flow, ran on res­o­lutely. Third-placed Tsessebe also ran on well.

Nep­tune’s Rain, who was too far back from a wide draw, stayed on well for sixth. All three of the lat­ter men­tioned horses will have chances if run­ning in the Thek­wini.

There are three big days of the SA Cham­pi­ons Sea­son left, Mer­cury Sprint day, Cham­pi­ons Cup Day and Gold Cup day.

Tarry stands a chance of reach­ing the R40 mil­lion mark if he wins the big ones on each of those days as they carry to­tal stakes of R1,685, R1 mil­lion and R1,25 mil­lion re­spec­tively, while the Premiers Cham­pion Stakes and Thek­wini Stakes both carry prize money of R750,000 apiece.

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