Where to from here for Sarah and Tallinn
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?