Sean Tarry spoke about all of his runners for Saturday’s big meeting at Turffontein, where he has a full card and will try to make history with Legal Eagle. The latter will become the first horse since Pocket Power to win the same Grade 1 race four times in succession in South Africa if he lands the Grade 1 weight for age HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes.
Race 1: “Just My Luck may just need the run.”
Race 2: He said Silver Spectrum had scope and should enjoy the step up in trip.
Race 3 (Grade 3 Pretty Polly Stakes 1100m): “Emerald Tiara is well and I expect a good run, she’s got a chance, but it will be hard to beat Fly Away and Gin Fizz.”
Race 4 (Grade 3 Protea Stakes 1100m): Cavivar. “They were a bit quicker than her last time so the extra 100m and the weight turnaround will help. I have the measure on how good she is against the colts here so it would have been silly to change back to the fillies’ race.”
Race 5 (Grade 3 Man O’War Sprint 1100m): Chimichuri Run. “He is well in with the males but he is still carrying 60kg and has to give weight away, but he is the best horse in the race. The low draw doesn’t really worry me, it depends on the day, although it is not ideal.”
Carbon Atom. “He has good form, the horse he was behind last time Mardi Gras came out and won a big race, so he must have some sort of chance. His work has been good and he is in good order. He is by Fort Wood but is taking after his dam Welwitschia (classy sprinter who stayed 1400m), although this 1100m would be at the bottom of his distance range.”
“Summer Afternoon is well weighted with some and should be competitive.”
Race 6 (Grade 1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes 1600m): Tarry believes Legal Eagle was flat on the day of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and added, “He is well. His Met race was a good run, he was 10th at the 400m mark and ran just 2,25 lengths back. He had the same fractions over the last 400m as he had last year in a sprint so just came from too far back and it was a good effort. I’ve never had him fully wound up for this race. There has to be a balance as he was given a couple of weeks off after the Met before preparing him for this race, so he hasn’t had a prep and we cannot expect him to have him 100%, he is at about 90%.” However, that hasn’t stopped him in previous years and he goes for his fourth victory in a row in this race.
Cirillo – “I always thought he would stay a mile. In the Premier’s Champions Stakes at Greyville as a two-year-old he worked way too hard to get around from a bad draw. I have only tried a mile with him once since in the Cape Guineas and the horses between him and the winner, Twist Of Fate and One World, have franked the form. It is a big ask but worth a try.”
Tilbury Fort – “He is a workmanlike horse who saves his best for race day. He is in a good space but it is hard to say he can beat them at level weights, although he has a lot more chance than a lot of the others. He could still be on the up, there could be improvement to come. I didn’t really know where to run him, there was a 2000m event coming up where he would have had to carry topweight. Running him in the Champions Challenge will get him a penalty for nothing for the July, so running him here could tell us where we are and which route to take.”
Race 7 (Grade 2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks 2450m): “Return Flight is a galloper who loves this galloping course. She is in good order and is a big runner. A mile is way to short for her now and 2000m is probably her perfect distance but I am confident she will see out this 2450m trip.”
“Second Request was a bit disappointing in the SA Fillies Classic but it was a very slow run race, she will prefer a harder run race and going 2450m should suit her, so she will be a runner.”
Race 8 (Grade 1 SA Derby 2450m): “Last Legend is a nice horse with quality and I think he will get the trip. This race may be too soon, but I think he will run a decent race.”
Zillzaal – “I was very disappointed in his SA Classic run, he was sweating up and cantering down with the pony didn’t work out well. I expect improvement. Hawwaam looks hard to beat but he has a chance of beating the rest of the field.”
Race 9 (Grade 3 Caradoc Gold Cup 2850m): “Wonderous Climber is not well weighted being 4kg out with Noble Secret and out with some others, so he is not running off his 85 merit rating which is a good mark for him and it is his first time over the distance. But he is very well, so whether I am throwing him in the deep end or not, I am not sure.”
Race 10 (Listed Jacaranda Handicap 1800m): Tambalang – “It is a tough race but I expect big improvement from her.”
“Jamra has the form to be a contender here but I am concerned the run comes too soon after her first run.”
Race 11 (1600m). Pilou. “He maybe did not go quick enough last time in the front (over 1800m). He is back to his best form distance and is in good order so should have a chance.”
Shenanigans. “It might come too quick after his comeback run and he might just need it from a fitness point of view.”
Race 12 (1400m): Aurora Australis – “He wasn’t trying so I tried to keep him over the same course and distance for all of his runs and he might be looking for a bit further now. He comes from off them which makes it difficult for him, so the smaller field will suit him as he won’t have so much ground to make up. If he doesn’t shape I will switch him to a mile.”
By David Thiselton