Reigning national Champion trainer Sean Tarry has hit the front in stakes earning for the season but just unofficially as his only feature win at Saturday’s Peermont Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile meeting was in a restricted race, whose stakes don’t count towards the championship.
His Visionaire filly Spiritofthegroove stormed home from way off the pace to win the R1 million Emperor’s Palace Ready to Run Cup.
Jockey Marco van Rensburg dropped her out from a wide draw and in the straight he faced a wall of horses on the inside.
However, he somehow managed to weave her through and she won going away by 2,25 lengths.
She is owned by Singapore-based Mark Yong’s Equine Hub SA and was bred by Tmen Stables.
Tarry, whilst mindful Spiritofthegroove had won this 1400m contest in testing conditions, was still concerned about her getting the tough Turffontein Mile of the Grade 3 Fillies Mile on November 23.
He said he would see how she drew in the WSB Cape Fillies Guineas, which was another option.
Tarry said he had endured an overall disappointing day on Saturday.
He said, “I would have liked In The Dance to have had another run going in to the Charity Mile, but she travelled well in the race and still finished well. She could have got closer with a better draw. Tilbury Fort needed the run and the soft ground made it more testing. So they will both come on from the run. Zillzaal looked a picture before his last run and a picture in the parade ring on Saturday but he then went into a complete sweat behind the starting stalls, so something went wrong between the parade ring and the start, so it was disappointing. He and Tilbury Fort will still be going for the Summer Cup and there is a nice four week gap for In The Dance into the Ipi Tombe so hopefully she can fluke a draw.”
He continued, “Eden Roc ran a good race at the weights in the Graham Beck and should be cherry ripe for the Dingaans. Putontheredlight had a complete no show and the rider stood up at the 300m mark, it was a nothing run, so I don’t know what to read into it. Sidonie did at least stay on so that was a result you can live with. “
In the official championship standings Tarry is in third place on earnings of R3,410,838. Justin Snaith leads on earnings of R3,603,163 and Paul Peter is in second place on R3,486,675. Mike de Kock’s halcyon day on Saturday took him into fourth place on R3,197,750. Alan Greeff and Brett Crawford are in 5th and 6th place respectively on R3,183,638 and R3,030,963. Yvette Bremner is in 7th on R2,389,600. Glen Kotzen, Gavin Smith and Garth Puller fill the final three places in the top ten on the log.
By David Thiselton