Where to from here for Sarah and Tallinn

The Citizen (KZN) - - Racing Express - Danie To­e­rien

The ques­tion was never whether Sarah would win the Listed Swal­low Stakes over 1160m for three-year-old fil­lies on Satur­day at Turf­fontein. The ques­tion is where to from here for Paul Peter’s What A Win­ter filly.

Peter, to­gether with jockey War­ren Kennedy, have been on more than just a pur­ple patch of late. They have ce­mented their part­ner­ship this sea­son, with punters fol­low­ing the pair very sel­dom leav­ing a race meet­ing empty-handed.

Jockey Muzi Yeni, in his weekly col­umn which ap­pears ev­ery Satur­day in The Cit­i­zen, said: “The rat­ings could be spot on with 1-1 favourite Sarah tough to beat fol­low­ing her su­perb last run in a Grade 3 over the course and dis­tance on Sum­mer Cup Day.” And spot on it was.

While Mike de Kock’s charge Gin Fizz put on a gal­lant ef­fort all the way up to the 400m mark, Sarah showed she’s in an­other class when Kennedy called on her to prove it.

Although one could say she toyed with her op­po­si­tion, that would be a bit cruel to run­ner-up Gin Fizz, who had to do all the early run­ning un­der De­nis Sch­warz in the ab­sence of any con­tend­ing pace set­ter.

Yeni also called the Sarah/Gin Fizz Swinger the one to take – proof that it pays to fol­low the ad­vice of the jockey who fin­ished a close-up sec­ond to Lyle He­wit­son on the log last sea­son.

Kennedy is now even more in the red with book­mak­ers to win this sea­son’s cham­pi­onship ti­tle, even though there is more than six months of the sea­son to run.

The dis­ap­point­ment of the race was Tallinn. She fin­ished 10.5 lengths off the pace in ninth po­si­tion.

Af­ter three un­beaten first runs, she then fin­ished in the rear of the field in the Gra­ham Beck Stakes af­ter suf­fer­ing bad in­ter­fer­ence caused by a loose horse. She then ran un­placed in the Grade 3 Fil­lies Mile, fin­ish­ing 4.50 lengths be­hind Sum­mer Pud­ding.

And Satur­day’s run did not do any­thing to en­hance her rep­u­ta­tion. So here also, the ques­tion is: Where to from here?

PAUL PETER

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