Summer Pudding earns a holiday

PUBLISHED: 29 June 2020

Summer Pudding (JC Photographics)

Paul Peter said the darling of the South African turf, Summer Pudding, would be on her way to the farm for a deserved holiday after her thrilling victory in the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 at Hollywoodbets Greyville yesterday (Sunday).

Her unbeaten run looked in danger of ending when the other previously unbeaten filly Lady Of Steel shot away from her at the top of the straight.

Summer Pudding (JC Photographics)
Summer Pudding (JC Photographics)

Jockey Warren Kennedy admitted he was worried for a moment when he saw how much ground Lady Of Steel had stolen but he said as soon as Summer Pudding changed legs she took off and he then knew she would win.

As both trainer and jockey said afterwards this Silvano filly just does not know how to lose and will always give her all. 

In the end the last horse she had to fetch was Driving Miss Daisy, who had run on well from midfield.

Unfortunately, the stirring moment when Summer Pudding got to the front was witnessed only by the few who were allowed on course but the Peter yard grooms, dressed in their red Hyperpaint overalls, almost lifted off the grandstand roof on their own.

The vanquished magnanimously showered praise on Paul Peter and his team.

Meanwhile, Summer Pudding was hardly blowing out a candle such is the size of her engine. 

She has now won seven out of seven and yesterday passed one of the tests required to be great i.e. winning in another centre. 

All six of her previous wins had been at her home course of Turffontein. 

She still has a bit to do to be called great and Peter mentioned the Summer Cup as a possible next goal. 

The unbeaten record in South Africa is eleven races set by Home Guard in the late 1960s. 

That milestone will be talked about in racing circle but will certainly not sway the connections from their plans. 

By David Thiselton