Highveld train­ers dom­i­nate

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

SEAN Tarry won his third Na­tional Trainer’s in suc­ces­sion in the sea­son just passed and if he hasn’t al­ready sealed his place among the greats in South African rac­ing his­tory it seems a fore­gone con­clu­sion he soon will.

The two other Highveld big guns Mike de Kock and Ge­off Woodruff were in the top ten again.

Tarry smashed his own stakes earn­ings record. His phe­nom­e­nal re­turn of R36,109,550 was 1,71 times more than the earn­ings of sec­ond placed Justin Snaith.

In terms of dom­i­nance this was sec­ond in re­cent times only to De Kock’s 2010/2011 sea­son in which his R21,714,451 earn­ings were 1,73 times the amount of sec­ond-placed Snaith.


Tarry’s 215 win­ners also broke his 209 mark from last sea­son.

Tarry led the way in Grade 1 wins with seven, achieved through four in­di­vid­u­als.

He also won eight Grade 2s, seven Grade 3s, five Listed races and twelve Non-Black Type events.

Tarry’s reign­ing Equus Horse Of The Year Le­gal Ea­gle re­tained his crowns in both the Grade 1 wfa L’Or­marin’s Queen’s Plate and Grade 1 wfa HF Op­pen­heimer Horse Ch­est­nut Stakes to con­firm his in­vin­ci­bil­ity over a mile.

How­ever, when bid­ding to be­come the first horse since Sea Cot­tage to re­tain three Grade 1 crowns in one sea­son, he was beaten into sec­ond in the Premier’s Cham­pi­ons Chal­lenge over 2 000m.

He also fin­ished sec­ond in the Grade 1 Sun Met over 2 000m and won the Grade 2 WSB Green Point Stakes.

He has an ex­cel­lent chance of re­tain­ing his Horse Of The Year ti­tle, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing he was giv­ing 2,5kg to his 1,5 length con­queror in the Met, Whisky Baron, and 1kg to Deo Ju­vente, who beat him by a neck in the Cham­pi­ons Chal­lenge.

Tarry’s su­per­star mare Carry On Alice beat the boys in the Grade 1 weight for age (wfa) Bet­ting World Cape Fly­ing Cham­pi­onships over 1 000m at Ke­nil­worth and won the Grade 1 South African Fil­lies Sprint over 1 200m at Scottsville for the sec­ond time.

The lat­ter race was her swan­song.

Bull Val­ley

Her sta­ble­mate Bull Val­ley also won two Grade 1 sprints, the Tsogo Sun Sprint over 1 200m at Scottsville, in which he car­ried third top­weight and won com­fort­ably, and the wfa Mer­cury Sprint over 1 200m at Greyville.

He also won a Listed sprint, so headed Carry On Alice in stakes suc­cesses.

Tarry’s other Grade 1 vic­tory was in the SA Derby with Al Sa­hem.

Tarry’s best day of the sea­son was likely on SA Clas­sic day in which he won the first six races and his haul from 23 run­ners on the day was seven wins, five sec­onds, one third, two fourths and a fifth, and the wins in­cluded one Grade 1 and three Grade 3s.

De Kock fin­ished fifth on the Na­tional log with earn­ings of R16,879,625.

His over­seas op­er­a­tions mean his best horses usu­ally leave the coun­try dur­ing or af­ter their two-year-old or three-year-old years and he also closed his Sum­merveld yard dur­ing the sea­son.

De Kock had five in­di­vid­ual Grade 1 win­ners.

He won the SA Fil­lies Clas­sic with Orchid Is­land, the Grade 1 SA Clas­sic with Heav­enly Blue, the Grade 1 HSH Princess Char­lene Em­press Club Stakes with Nother Rus­sia and two full broth­ers, Mus­taaqeem and Rafeef, won the SA Nurs­ery and Com­putaform Sprint re­spec­tively for him on the same day. Mus­taaqeem, an Aus­tralian-bred son of Red­oute’s Choice, looks to be a par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing prospect.

De Kock also won three Grade 2s, two Grade 3s and three Listed races.

Ge­off Woodruff won the Grade 1 San­sui Sum­mer Cup for the fourth year in suc­ces­sion as Mas­ter Sabina re­tained his crown.

Woodruff ’s first and third in the Sum­mer Cup was ac­tu­ally his worst re­cent re­turn in Jo­han­nes­burg’s big­gest race, which em­pha­sises his dom­i­nance.

Woodruff also won the Grade 1 Cham­pi­ons Chal­lenge with Deo Ju­vente.

He also won one Grade 2, one Grade 3 and three Listed races. His R12,505,038 earn­ings put him in sixth place on the log.

Lucky Houdalakis’ Vaal-based yard con­tin­ued their steady climb up the na­tional log and fin­ished in 13th place.

His 68 win­ners in­cluded a Grade 2 win and two Non-Black Type vic­to­ries.

Jo­han Janse van Vu­uren also achieved his high­est po­si­tion on the log in 14th place and his 53 wins in­cluded two Grade 2s.

He won five Grade 3s, in­clud­ing three at one meet­ing, two Listed events and three Non-Black Types.


Mike Azzie fin­ished in 16th place on the log and at the end of the sea­son rereg­is­tered his yard in both his and his son Adam’s name.

His 69 wins in­cluded a Grade 2 and a Grade 3 vic­tory.

Paul Pe­ter, 17th on the log, also had 69 win­ners and a Grade 2 and Grade 3 vic­tory, as well as a Listed win.

Gary Alexan­der was in 18th place on the log and had two Grade 2s, one Grade 3 and two Listed wins.

Paul Match­ett won the Grade 1 Al­lan Robertson Cham­pi­onships with Brave Mary and also had a Listed win.

Weiho Mar­wing did the stay­ers “Gold” tre­ble with Her­moso Mundo, who won the Grade 3 Gold Bowl, the Grade 3 Gold Vase and the Grade 3 Gold Cup. Mar­wing also won two Non-Black type races.

Alec Laird won two Grade 2s and a Listed race.

Joey Soma won the Grade 2 SA Oaks with Wind Chill and he also won a Grade 3.

Candice Daw­son won Kim­ber­ley’s big­gest race, the Non-Black Type RA Mile with Sun­dari.

Corne Spies won a Grade 3 and two Non-Black Types; Or­mond Fer­raris won a Grade 3 and a Non-Black Type; Roy Mag­ner, Grant Maroun and Rob­bie Sage each won a Grade 3 apiece; Louis Goosen and Barend Botes each won a Listed race apiece; Stephen Mof­fat won a Non-Black Type event.

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