Sean Tarry has saddled the runner up for the last two year’s in the Grade 2 Peermont Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile and will be hoping to go one better this year with one of his four contestants.
Tilbury Fort made his seasonal reappearance in this race last year and finished a short-head second and he comes in fresh again.
Tarry said, “He is doing very well but I would have liked another week or two with him. He is slightly underdone and I feel he was a little fitter last year but this can’t be quantified and we are mindful that he runs well fresh.”
The six-year-old Horse Chestnut gelding ran off a 103 merit rating last year, so off a 118 this year is effectively five points higher if the ten point across the board raise is taken into account. He is drawn one lower than last year in eight.
Four-year-old Zillzaal is merit rated 114 so carries 54,5kg, 2kg less than Tilbury Fort, and he is drawn well in seven. He is by Silvano so should be improving all the time and Tarry said recent gelding has also helped. He said, “He has always had the ability but he wasn’t producing in his races. Although he was running decent races he wasn’t finishing them off. So, it was nice in his last race to see the gelding had the desired effect. He was well weighted there but he did what he had to do at the business end of the race. I think he is competitively weighted on Saturday and has a lot in his favour. This is part of his preparation for the Summer Cup but that doesn’t mean to say he can’t win.”
Tarry’s exciting four-year-old filly In The Dance, merit rated 111, has as good a turn of foot as her half-brother Capetown Noir and being by miler Gimmethegreenlight should relish the step up to this trip. Tarry was not concerned about her draw of eleven, saying she was likely to be dropped out. He said, “We haven’t got to the bottom of her yet and she’s fit and well, but it would have been nice to have another run under the belt going into this tough mile.”
He runs the six-year-gelding Pilou from a draw of nine and he sneaks into the handicap with bottom weight off his 109 merit rating.
Tarry said, “He showed at Greyville he doesn’t have to lead, although he will like to be handy. He is doing very well and was short of his best in his last run so he has had a nice preparation.”
By David Thiselton