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Futura wins, Onyx shines in Met   (1 February 2015)
While Futura won the Saturday’s R2.5 million J&B Met in smashing style, the Tarry representative Gold Onyx put up another outstanding effort to fly up late for second place in the Cape’s most famous horse-race. Gold Onyx looked a picture and he duly lived up to his looks, getting the better of a number of more hyped, younger runners, with the horses ...
Fillies star at the Vaal   (29 January 2015)
Fresh off saddling four winners at Turffontein last Saturday, Sean sent out another four winners at the Vaal on Thursday. The yard is really enjoying a magnificent patch of form, which hopefully can carry over into Saturday big race, the R2.5 million J&B Met. Three of Thursday’s winners were members of the fairer sex, with Gold Bank the only male ...
Magical return from Willow   (25 January 2015)
The Tarry yard enjoyed a fabulous day at Turffontein on Saturday when stable runners won four races in a row. The first three winners were partnered by Raymond Danielson (a jockey with a tremendous strike rate with the Tarry yard), while Julius Mariba steered Willow Magic to victory. Sean’s representatives Tiger’s Touch (won 2), Stonehenge (race ...
Records fall at Cape Sale   (24 January 2015)
A son of leading South African sire Dynasty became the most expensive thoroughbred ever sold at public auction in South Africa, when fetching R5.2 million on day one of the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale on Thursday evening. Consigned by prominent Western Cape stud Maine Chance Farms, the well bred colt was knocked down to new buyer Piet Du Toit. ...
Final field for 2015 J&B Met   (22 January 2015)
The final field and draws for the 2015 J&B Met were announced following the traditional Met gallops at Kenilworth on Thursday. Unfortunately, the Tarry runner Gold Onyx pulled a wide draw, with the 7yo set to jump from barrier 14. Third in the recent Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, Gold Onyx will be partnered by Grant Behr, who has built up a good ...
The Golden purchase   (14 January 2015)
The talented Gold Onyx has been a wonderful horse for the yard, with the gelding having competed at the highest level from two to seven. Few horses these days can boost this claim, and Gold Onyx could yet have still good days ahead of him, having put up a sparkling run when third last time out in the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. The run looks ...
Onyx game in Queen’s Plate   (11 January 2015)
While he failed to win, Gold Onyx put up a fine effort in Saturday’s Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. The veteran 7yo gelding, who had put up fair efforts at his previous few outings, was allowed to go off at odds of 33-1 for Saturday’s R1 million showpiece, but made a mockery of his odds with a strong third, beaten under two lengths, behind last ...
Fighter, Kildare score    (20 December 2014)
It was a double for the stable when Cage Fighter and Lady Of Kildare both won their respective races at Greyville on Friday evening. Friday night was also a notable double for leading owner Chris Van Niekerk, who owns both horses. For Cage Fighter, a big son of July winner Eyeofthetiger, it was a winning polytrack debut, as he strolled home to ...
1-2 for Tarry Runners   (10 October 2014)
It was a clean sweep for the Tarry yard in Thursday’s opening race at the Vaal with Sean sending out Bold Approach and Crystal’s Revenge to run first and second in the 1200m contest. Both fillies are owned by stalwart owner Chris Van Niekerk, whose ongoing loyalty and support of the stable must be commended. Bold Approach was partnered to victory ...
Trippi Colt Tops Ready to Run Sale   (6 October 2014)
A son of Drakenstein Stud’s leading sire Trippi topped the two day CTS Ready To Run Sale, presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa, which took place at Durbanville racecourse over the weekend. Consigned by Klawervlei Stud, as Agent, the sales topping colt (already named Perpetual Silence) was knocked down to leading conditioner Geoff Woodruff for R1 500 ...
Variety Club Retires to SA   (3 October 2014)
In a press release issued on Thursday, 2 October 2014, Mayfair Speculators confirmed that owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste had recently decided to retire dual SA Horse of the Year, Variety Club and they have announced that they will stand him at Klawervlei Stud in the interest of the South African racing and breeding industries. Variety Club, currently ...
Champion Foals for Champion Sire   (1 October 2014)
Avontuur’s exciting sire Oratorio has made a stunning start to his local stud career. The triple Group 1 winning son of Danehill’s first South African foals have greatly impressed all breeders lucky enough to have them and Oratorio looks on track for an exciting stud career in this country. Avontuur Estate General Manager Pippa Mickleburgh, where ...
Exciting RTR Sale Starts Saturday   (29 September 2014)
Cape Thoroughbred Sales will host its annual Ready To Run Sale at Durbanville this weekend. The first day of trading will get underway shortly after racing on Saturday evening, with the second and final day commencing on Sunday. Pre-sale gallops will take place at Durbanville on Thursday at 9:00 am, when buyers will get a good chance to view the 181 ...
Tarry's Emerald Cup Runners   (26 September 2014)
Sean will saddle eight runners at the Vaal’s premier race day on Saturday – when Africa’s richest sand race, the R1 million Emerald Cup, takes place at 15:55. While a change of season has resulted in the yard enjoying a quieter than usual spell, Sean is confident of a good showing from his runners on Saturday. The first of Sean’s runners on Saturday ...
First Foal for Former Tarry Star   (25 September 2014)
Happy Archer, whom Sean trained to win seven races and over R1.3 million in prize money, recently produced her first foal. This colt is a son of ill-fated sire Kahal, whose progeny include, among others, former Tarry trained Gr2 Emerald Cup winner The Mouseketeer. A really classy filly, Happy Archer had a special affinity with Greyville. The Dubawi ...
Emerald Cup Fever   (24 September 2014)
We aren’t in the habit of promoting the prospects of 7yo geldings when it comes to likely winners of R1 million rand feature races. But it is difficult not getting just a little excited about the likelihood of Mike De Broglio’s Jet Jamboree giving trainer Dom Zaki his second Gr2 Emerald Cup win after National Spirit won under a peach of a Piere Strydom ...
Emerald Cup Final Fields   (19 September 2014)
The final field for Africa’s richest race on sand, the R1 million G2 Emerald Cup to be run at the Vaal on 27 September was announced on Thursday. Sean Tarry sends out three runners in Whiteline Fever, Across the Ice and Taptap Makhatini. Tarry won the G2 Emerald Cup in 2011 with The Mouseketeer. Dominic Zaki’s Jet Jamboree, who is unbeaten on the ...
CTS Expand to Johannesburg   (5 September 2014)
Adrian Todd the chief operating officer of Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) has emphasised, in light of this week’s announcements that rocked the racing community, that his company was in no way intending to affect the working operations of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA). On Tuesday, CTS announced their intention to hold a Ready To Run Sale ...
Pomodoro Wows at Stallion Day   (1 September 2014)
Klawervlei Stud’s exciting new stallion Pomodoro debuted to rave reviews at last weekend’s Klawervlei Stallion day. Pomodoro, who had arrived at the farm just a few weeks earlier, looked in great shape, as he prepares to begin his stud career. Described by former trainer Sean Tarry as "the most athletic colt" he had ever trained, Pomodoro certainly ...
Klawervlei on a High   (22 August 2014)
Klawervlei Stud are only the seventh entity in history to become Champion Breeders of South Africa and it was after referring to this fact yesterday that part-owner John Koster commented, “It means a great deal to us.” Koster was the sole owner of Klawervlei at the time it moved to the farm Wagenboomheuwel on the banks of the Breede river east of Bonnievale, ...
Soft Falling Rain to Stud in SA   (15 August 2014)
IN breaking news, home-bred international Group winner Soft Falling Rain has been secured for stud by Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Farm. The lightly-raced five-year-old will be returning to South Africa shortly to take up stallion duties. Mike de Kock said on Thursday that Soft Falling Rain will be syndicated and that his original owner, Sheikh Hamdan ...
Man on a Mission   (12 August 2014)
Who would want to bet against anything that Piere Strydom is throwing his leg over at the moment? The brilliant multiple champion jockey has made a flying start to the season and he rides the Australian-bred Samogan for Sean Tarry in the topliner on the Vaal sand on Thursday. The combination looks very hard to oppose. Sean Tarry’s Flying Spur 4yo has ...
Pomodoro Retires to Stud   (5 August 2014)
As the clock rolled on midnight on 31st July and the curtain closed on the 2013/2014 season South Africa crowned its most iconic stallion of this century, Jet Master, with his seventh Champion Sires title. The sire of such stars as Pocket Power, River Jetez, Mythical Flight, JJ the Jet Plane and Yorker has since his untimely death two years ago become ...
Onyx for Cup of Gold   (25 July 2014)
The Greyville bull-ring hosts South Africa’s supreme test of staying prowess and brings the curtain down on a dramatic and intriguing season on Saturday. The R1,25 million Gr1 Gold Cup is the ultimate test of the thoroughbred racehorse on African soil. A spectacle that plays itself out in just over 3 minutes in an arena of guts, glory and sometimes ...
Champions Cup Preview   (24 July 2014)
The R1 million Gr1 Beach Beauty Champions Cup has attracted the quality field one would expect for a race of this stature. With eight of the sixteen runners being Vodacom Durban July survivors, punters may be left pondering whether the big race form will actually make any sense. And if pace, or lack of it, will again be a determining factor in the ...
Gold Cup and Champions Cup Fields   (16 July 2014)
The final fields for the Gr1 Gold Cup and Gr1 Champions Cup to be run on Saturday 26 July have been announced. R 1,250,000 3200m GOLD CUP (Grade 1) 1 6 HOT TICKET 60.0 112 BA K Neisius Dean Kannemeyer 2 5 RUN FOR IT 57.5 106 ...
Interview with S'Manga Khumalo   (7 July 2014)
The 28-year-old from Kwa Mashu in Durban wrote his name into the history books when, in 2013, he became the first black jockey to win the Vodacom Durban July. Not that his triumph aboard Heavy Metal was the first taste of Grade 1 glory for S’manga, he rode the same gelding to victory in the Champions Challenge little more than two months earlier, ...
Vodacom Durban July Result   (6 July 2014)
The 2014 Vodacom Durban July (Gr 1), run over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday, ended in controversy as Wylie Hall (AUS) (all blue, nearest camera) edged out Legislate (SAF) (pink cap) in a desperately close finish, only to then have the placings reversed in the boardroom after an objection. Futura (SAF) flew up late for third ahead of Tellina (SAF). As ...
July Jockey Jolt   (4 July 2014)
Trainer Sean Tarry has been dealt a double body blow on the eve of his historic hat-trick bid to win Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July with both of his big-race jockeys in the wars. Tarry won Africa’s greatest horserace in 2012 with Pomodoro, who was ridden by Piere Strydom and last year with Heavy Metal, who was partnered by S’manga Khumalo. Both horses ...
Striker Looks to the July   (27 June 2014)
Champion jockey Piere Strydom goes for his fourth Vodacom Durban July victory when he partners Sean Tarry’s Right Approach gelding Halve The Deficit in next Saturday’s Gr1 R3,5 million thriller at Greyville. Strydom first won the great race 18 years ago in a dramatic and spectacular display of brilliant judgement on Alec Laird’s flying chestnut ...
Durban July Final Field   (25 June 2014)
The final field for the R3,5 million Gr1 Vodacom Durban July to be run at Greyville next Saturday was announced on Tuesday. There were few genuine surprises with the major talking point being the inclusion of Brett Crawford’s progressive Cup Trial placer Futura. The handsome son of Dynasty has been the subject of much debate amongst the punting ...
Scratching the Surface   (23 June 2014)
The sixth race, a R105 000 Conditions Plate hosts a quality field over 1200m and Sean Tarry’s Skitt Skizzle tops the Sporting Post ratings. The astute Tarry looks to have found the right turf sprint for this enigmatically talented son of Jet Master, who is still an entire, although any possible future as a stallion looks unlikely at this stage. Skitt ...
Jubilee Handicap Result   (17 June 2014)
Sean Tarry’s Halve The Deficit performed best of the Vodacom Durban July prospects in Saturday’s R200 000 Gr3 Betting World Jubilee Handicap run over 1800m at Turffontein. The son of Right Approach just failed to resist a fighting late challenge from Geoff Woodruff’s Australian bred Killua Castle, who came up on punters. The Jubilee Handicap was ...
Halve the Deficit in Jubilee   (12 June 2014)
The R200 000 Gr3 Betting World Jubilee Handicap run over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday is the official last chance saloon for a Vodacom Durban July berth. With three of the four hopefuls in the field in the big race top twenty, trainers will be looking for a major effort from their charges to book their travel packages. The Jubilee Handicap is ...
Updated July Weights   (11 June 2014)
Below are the updated weights for the G1 Vodacom Durban July after the weekend's racing. Yorker has been scratched from the race while King of Pain is the new top weight for the big race. Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July Weights KING OF PAIN 60 114 114 A B Joey Ramsden BEACH BEAUTY 59 112 112 A . Dennis Drier CAPETOWN NOIR 59 112 112 A . Dean ...
SA Export Protocol Update   (4 June 2014)
Peter Gibson is the CEO of the South African Equine Trade Council, trading as Racing South Africa. Together with Prof Ian Sanne (Wits Health Consortium), he recently helped host an export strategy workshop in Johannesburg in April and was invited to deliver a presentation at the Asian Racing Conference in Hong Kong. We caught up with him to see how ...
Current Durban July Log   (3 June 2014)
Following the second declaration stage yesterday morning, 34 of the original 71 entries stood their ground and the Geoff Woodruff trained Yorker retains his top spot on the Vodacom Durban July log ahead of the Daily News winner Legislate. Following his close second to Legislate, Rake’s Chestnut has launched himself up the ladder from complete obscurity ...
Duke of Marmalade comes to SA   (27 May 2014)
Duke of Marmalade, the Champion Older Horse in Europe in 2008, has been acquired by Gaynor Rupert’s Drakenstein Stud near Franschoek in the Western Cape. The 10-year-old son of Danehill previously stood at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. “I am absolutely delighted that a horse of the quality and calibre of Duke of Marmalade is coming to Drakenstein to stand ...
Vets Reign at Scottsville   (26 May 2014)
Two veterinarians, Dr Rob Crossley and Dr Diana Foden, were assisted by Gold Circle transport manager Ryk Niewenhius, and Sean Tarry’s assistant trainer Dijon Steyn, in coming to the rescue on Saturday when helping the two year old filly Millennium Reign recover from heat exhaustion after she collapsed on the track after the G1 Allan Robertson Championship. ...
Scottsville's Day of Speed   (23 May 2014)
South Africa’s premier day for sprinters tomorrow includes four Grade 1 sprints over the straight 1200m at Scottsville. The big race of the day is the recently announced R1,000,000 G1 Golden Horse Sprint, a handicap for horses of all ages. However the Weight-for-Age G1 South African Fillies Sprint and the two G1’s for two year olds, the Tsogo Sun Medallion ...
Katie's 'Alice' is Carrying On   (20 May 2014)
The exciting Sean Tarry-trained Captain Al filly Carry On Alice will attempt to win her second career Gr 1 race at Scottsville this weekend, but it is only through the tender care of the Klawervlei Stud staff that she was ever conceived at all. Fate also played an amazing hand in the purchase of a share in her by the UK-based couple Dr John and Dr ...
Golden Horse Sprint Day Fields   (19 May 2014)
Below are the final fields for the four Gr1 sprints to be staged at Scottsville this Saturday, 24 May. Sean Tarry has six runners in the Gold Medallion, the SA Fillies Sprint and the Allan Robertson Championship. GR1 GOLDEN HORSE CASINO SPRINT, R750,000, 1200m 1 HERE COMES BILLY 60.0 112 (112) 14 A S Khumalo Weiho Marwing 2 ...
Greyville 1900 brings July Hopefuls    (16 May 2014)
A back door admission ticket into the 2014 Vodacom Durban July is at stake when twelve mostly borderline cases go to post for the R350,000 Gr2 Betting World 1900 at Greyville this evening. The race is wide open with suspect fitness and distance suitability looking capable of combining to deliver an upset result. Gold Circle’s Racing Sub-Committee ...
Whiteline Fever to go for July   (5 May 2014)
Leading trainer Sean Tarry has confirmed that he is aiming Whiteline Fever at the Vodacom Durban July and is absolutely convinced that the son of Right Approach stays every inch of the 2200m. The dual Hawaii Stakes winner brings a touch of class and glamour to the Vaal on Tuesday where he contests a Pinnacle Plate. The trainer who took Mike De Kock ...
Variety Club Conquers in Hong Kong   (4 May 2014)
Variety Club shattered the air of invincibility surrounding Hong Kong horses in the Gr1 Champions Mile with a stunning victory that emphatically ended the local dominance. The South African champion sluiced four lengths clear at the wire to become the first overseas victor and prompted talk of a Breeders’ Cup assault. (To watch the race click here) “It’s ...
Tactical Tarry Triumphs   (29 April 2014)
A shrewd tactical move by the astute Sean Tarry led to the downfall of Mike De Kock’s previously unbeaten Australian bred Banaadeer in Saturday’s R1 million Gr1 SA Nursery. Tarry opted for the colts race with his filly Carry On Alice rather than bump Majmu in the fillies’ equivalent. The move sure paid off. The fact that the De Kock yard rate Majmu ...
National Sale Concludes   (28 April 2014)
Monday saw the conclusion of the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. The two day sale saw the aggregate, average and median prices all rise significantly. The 2014 sales aggregate rose from R122 533 million last year to R138 415 million (an increase of 13%). Average prices increased by 17% from 2013 with average price increasing from R295 ...
Pomodoro in for the Challenge   (25 April 2014)
Pomodoro hasn’t been anywhere near his formidable best at his last three starts, but he looked to be moving in the right direction last time out and the 2012 Vodacom Durban July winner could be ready to land another big victory when he contests the Gr 1 Presidents Champions Challenge over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday. Having been somewhat ...
Fields for Champions Day Released   (16 April 2014)
The final fields for the five Grade 1's on Champions Day at Turffontein on the 26 April have been released. Sean Tarry has seven horses carded to run in these flagship races including 2012 Durban July G1 winner Pomodoro and G2 Colorado King Stakes winner Halve the Deficit in the R2-million President's Champions Challenge G1 which he won last year with ...
July Qualifying Races Announced   (14 April 2014)
The first round of entries for the 2014 Vodacom Durban July falls due at 11:00 on Wednesday 16 April and these will be announced at the media launch of Champions Season which takes place at lunch time on Thursday 17 April at Greyville. The turf track at Greyville has been narrowed to accommodate the construction of the new Polytrack along its inside ...
National Colour Foal to Race in SA   (12 April 2014)
Mike de Kock and Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock have returned from Ingles Easter Sale in Sydney, Australia, at which Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Australasia purchased a number of yearlings for the stable. The buys include a terrific brown colt by Redoute’s Choice out of National Colour, the former South African star sprinter, and Mike said: “We are ...
Fort Beluga Off the Mark   (9 April 2014)
The brilliant Fort Beluga never fulfilled his true potential on the racecourse and was tragically struck down by lightning after just one season at stud. The son of Fort Wood had the distinction of siring his first winner from just a handful of runners, when Lock Him Up scored on debut at Turffontein last Tuesday evening. It was probably fitting that ...
Tarry 1-2-4 in G2 Colorado King   (6 April 2014)
The withdrawal of Captain Lars reduced the R400 000 Gr2 Colorado King Stakes field to just seven runners, but trainer Sean Tarry was happy to go home with the first, second and fourth cheques. For punters, it may have been a case of the wrong one winning. Piere Strydom has ridden all three of the Tarry trio in the past and punters sided with the ...
Government Support Benefits Racing   (5 April 2014)
Horseracing as a sport has flourished in Japan due to the support of government. One of the most significant moments from a South African perspective at Meydan in Dubai last Saturday night might well have been when the Klawervlei-bred Vercingetorix, who has uplifted the lives of a co-operative of grooms, chased home the breathtakingly brilliant Japanese ...
Colorado King Stakes Saturday   (3 April 2014)
Colorado King was a South African bred racehorse who also competed successfully in the United States. Conditioned by champion trainer Syd Laird, Colorado King won ten races in South Africa including the Cape Derby and the Durban July Handicap. Sold to an American racing partnership led by William R. (Fritz) Hawn, he raced under the Poltex Stable ...
Dolomiti in Sycamore Sprint   (3 April 2014)
One of three graded races on Saturday’s Turffontein card, the Sycamore Handicap over 1160m is usually a very competitive affair. Seventeen runners have stood their ground this time around and once again plenty have chances. Shouldering top weight is the Mike De Kock trained Honorine. The only runner from the stable, this Australian bred daughter ...
Centuries for Tarry and Striker   (1 April 2014)
Piere Strydom endured a rather shaky start to his Tuesday at the Vaal, but his commitment paid off with Jackodore giving him an armchair ride to win the R150 000 Listed Nkosazana Stakes in style. She certainly loves the sand and ran her opposition off their feet. Strydom and Sean Tarry, one of the most deadliest combinations in the game, clocked ...
South Africa 1-2 on World Cup Night   (30 March 2014)
IN a 1-2 finish for South Africa, dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club, trained by Joey Ramsden, produced his brilliant best to see off Mike de Kock’s Soft Falling Rain in the $1-million Godolphin Mile, the first race for thoroughbreds staged at the Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan on Saturday. Both the SA-breds looked a picture in the ring and jockey ...
Whiteline Fever Home Ground Advantage   (28 March 2014)
The presence of champion miler Capetown Noir has added a thrilling twist to the Gr 1 Horse Chestnut Stakes, to be run over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday. It's not often that one gets to see the Western Cape big hitters contesting races in Gauteng, but trainer Dean Kannemeyer knows exactly how to pull off a successful raid, having done so when winning ...
Runners for Classic Day   (25 March 2014)
Sean Tarry has scratched his highly regarded colt Lance from the Gr1 SA Classic to be run over 1 800m at Turffontein on Saturday, but was quite bullish about his other four runners, despite recognising that the highest rated horses in the race would be tough to beat. Tarry, who finished second on last year’s National Trainer’s log and is in the same ...
Strong Cape March Yearling Sale   (24 March 2014)
The lure of a $1million race had a dramatic effect on the weekend’s Cape Thoroughbred Sales and prices were in a different league to the two previous years of this Durbanville yearling sale. With just seven lots to go five horses have made seven figures - three of them colts by Variety Club’s sire Var - and by 5.45pm, when there were just 30 lots to ...
Mouseketeer in Riverside Handicap   (22 March 2014)
The 2011 Gr2 Emerald Cup winner The Mouseketeer adds quality to the Vaal Tuesday double feature programme when he bids to win the R150 000 Listed Riverside Handicap for the second year running. The R200 000 National Yearling Sale graduate has been a loyal servant to his owners and he stands out as the class act in a competitive field. Any horse that ...
Tarry's Classic and Tiara Runners   (18 March 2014)
The fields for the second legs of the fillies' Triple Tiara and colts' Triple Crown are out and Sean Tarry sends out two fillies and five colts bidding to attain Grade 1 glory. The R2 million SASCOC Gr1 SA Classic is the second leg of the R7 million SASCOC Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the richest series of races in Africa. The R1 million Wilgerbosdrift ...
Halve the Deficit in Drum Star   (14 March 2014)
The R150 000 1800m Listed Drum Star Handicap heads the Turffontein programme on Saturday after a fortnight that has seen SA racing fans starved of their diet of local action. The eleven race card boasts plenty of quality and Piere Strydom and Sean Tarry could put a smile on punter’s faces with Halve The Deficit looking to be a big runner. It was just ...
Heavy Metal in Dubai Super Saturday   (7 March 2014)
The 2013 Durban July G1 winner and South Africa’s leading prizemoney earner from last season, Heavy Metal, lines up here in an attempt to join Greys Inn and Oracle West on the honour roll of the G2 Dubai City of Gold, the trial race for the US$5,000,000 G1 Dubai Sheema Classic. Sean Tarry’s charge has had two starts in Dubai so far, finishing 10th ...
President's Champions Challenge Entries   (4 March 2014)
Trainer Sean Tarry has nominated seven runners for the R2-million President’s Champions Challenge to be run over 2000m on the Turffontein standside track on Saturday 26 April. The Champions Challenge forms part of Champions Day which will also see the running of four other Grade 1 races – the SA Derby over 2450m, the Computaform Sprint over 1000m, ...
Whiteline Fever joins Hawaii Greats   (2 March 2014)
Whiteline Fever is one of the most genuine performers in South African racing and Sean Tarry's charge gained due reward for his consistency as he posted a comfortable victory in the G2 Hawaii Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday. Chekilli (SAF) emerged with plenty of credit in second, as did Uncle Tommy (SAF) and Glorious Jet (SAF) in the minor ...
Gauteng Guineas Day Runners   (28 February 2014)
Sean Tarry is leaning towards Jet Master colt Lance as the main hope of his three contenders in the Gr2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas at Turffontein on Saturday and is bullish about his chances. He also revealed that S’Manga Khumalo had said he would like to stick with Fort Bellini for the Guineas immediately after his last win, only to discover that ...
Daily News 2000 Now R2million   (25 February 2014)
The prize money for the Grade 1 Daily News 2000, to be run at Greyville on May 31, has been increased from R1,5m to R2million, thereby elevating its status to joint richest race for three year olds in South Africa. "The Daily News has evolved into one of the great Classic races in South Africa and can no longer just be viewed as a stepping stone ...
Derby and Oaks Weight for Age   (24 February 2014)
The Betting World Derby and the Betting World Oaks will be open to all ages at weight-for-age terms as of this season. "With the main focus of the three year olds during Champions Season being the KRA Guineas', The Daily News 2000, the Woolavington Stakes and obviously the Vodacom Durban July, the Derby and Oaks have been downgraded over the years ...
Felix Coetzee Retires   (20 February 2014)
One of South Africa’s greatest jockeys and sporting ambassadors has decided to call it a day. Felix Coetzee rode 3508 winners in a glittering career where he was crowned SA Champion three times and won 75 Group 1 races internationally. Citing the fact that he was struggling with the wear and tear on his hip following hip replacement surgery last year, ...
Pomodoro Possible to Return   (18 February 2014)
Pomodoro, winner of the 2012 Vodacom Durban July, is among the entries for the Grade 2 Hawaii Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein. The Hawaii Stakes, Acacia Handicap (Grade 3) and Aquanaut Handicap (Listed) are the three other features that will be run on Guineas Day at Turffontein on Saturday 1 March. The main features are the R1-million Betting World ...
South Africans Win in Dubai   (14 February 2014)
On a Dubai World Cup Carnival night that featured three Group 3 contests, Australian galloper Long John and dual South African Horse of the Year, Variety Club emerged as serious Dubai World Cup day contenders. With just seven weeks until the world’s richest day of racing, trainers are beginning to lay down markers as to the likely port of call for ...
Dubai World Cup Nominations   (12 February 2014)
The nominations for the 2014 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline represent a unique line-up of international stars that includes the current winners of the Breeder’s Cup Classic, the Breeder’s Cup Turf and Irish 2000 Guineas, the Japan Cup, the Epsom Derby, the Hong Kong Cup, the Durban July victor and a previous Melbourne Cup winner. Breeder’s ...
Halve the Deficit wins the Wolf Power   (10 February 2014)
This weekend saw the running of the Listed Wolf Power 1600 named after the dual Horse of the Year and great of the South African turf. The big grey Wolf Power was a dominant force on the tracks during the early 80's and to this day will be considered one of the best milers this country has seen. Wolf Power would win 18 races of which his seven Grade ...
Heavy Metal Tests for World Cup    (5 February 2014)
Heavy Metal tries the synthetic Tapeta surface tonight for the first time when taking on a strong group of rivals in the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 over 1900m. Heavy Metal made his first start in Dubai a fortnight ago in a Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort over 1400m on the turf. Though finishing midfield it is important to note apart from his traffic problems ...
Project Rhino Raceday   (3 February 2014)
We are all very aware of the wanton killing of our precious rhino population in South Africa and we need to assist in any way possible to stop this senseless slaughter of these magnificent animals. Gold Circle, the operators of horseracing in KwaZulu-Natal, has an extensive social investment programme in place through fundraiser race meetings which ...
Hill Fifty Four Wins Met   (2 February 2014)
South Africa has seen few better riders than Anton Marcus and he exploited the notorious “Cape Crawl” to perfection as he extracted revenge for Hill Fifty Four’s narrow defeat in last year’s Gr1 J&B Met at Kenilworth yesterday. Given a masterful ride by a master of his trade, Hill Fifty Four finally broke the shackles on the country’s leading owners ...
Fever on Track for Met   (29 January 2014)
Sean Tarry has learnt that the rumour about Whiteline Fever being scratched from the J&B Met, which he had dispelled earlier in the week as “complete nonsense”, had apparently begun after the horse’s official gallop at Kenilworth last Thursday. Tarry said, “Bernard Fayd’Herbe had ridden him and as an experienced jockey felt that he had done enough ...
International Players at Cape Sale   (28 January 2014)
World bloodstock king John Magnier and Coolmore Stud general manager Christy Grassick underlined the resurgent international appeal of South African horseflesh by buying one of the three joint top lots at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. They combined forces with Maine Chance owner Andreas Jacobs to pay R3.2 million for Drakenstein’s Song Of Happiness, ...
Cape Premier Yearling Sale Begins   (23 January 2014)
THE first foals of star race mares are always eagerly awaited and the offspring of several such classy mares are included in the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale catalogue. The CTS Sale starts in Cape Town on Thursday, 23 January. Captain Al’s talented daughter Captain’s Gal, winner of the Gr. 1 S A Fillies Sprint Stakes, has her first foal, a filly ...
Hattrick of Winners at Vaal   (23 January 2014)
The Sean Tarry yard continued its run of red hot form today at the Vaal saddling a hattrick of winners including two first timers. The first of these was the Jet Master filly Olive Leaf who came home alone 2.5 lengths clear of her nearest rival under Gavin Lerena. Half an hour later and it was the Toreador filly Trenery who would come out to win on ...
Heavy Metal Debuts in Dubai   (21 January 2014)
Vodacom Durban July (Grade 1) winner Heavy Metal makes his Dubai debut on Thursday in the $250,000 Al Fahidi Fort (Grade 2) over 1400m. Heavy Metal was South Africa’s leading money earner in the 2012/2013 season winning both the President’s Champions Challenge (Grade 1) and the Durban July (Grade 1) and raking in R3,442,625 in prizemoney. If he carrier ...
Seven Winners in a Weekend   (21 January 2014)
The Sean Tarry yard has been on fire bringing home eight winners over the last week and with no less than seven of those coming this last weekend. The winning streak started last Thursday when the talented Toreador mare, Jackodore, dropped down in class and up in distance showing the field what she was made of coming home along five lengths clear of ...
Wise Dan The Champ Again   (20 January 2014)
Leading turf performer Wise Dan was named US Horse of the Year for the second time at the prestigious Eclipse Awards for 2013 at a ceremony at Gulfstream Park on Saturday night. The two-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, who was also named top turf male horse and top older male for the second year running, held off Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho ...
Heavy Metal in World's Top 100 Horses   (16 January 2014)
Sean Tarry’s Heavy Metal is ranked among the top 100 horses worldwide in the recently announced Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2013. Heavy Metal’s weight carrying victory in South Africa’s premier race, the Vodacom Durban July, earned him a rating of 118. Joining Heavy Metal in the top 100 worldwide are four other South African-bred horses, ...
Capetown Noir Wins Queens Plate   (13 January 2014)
Trainer Dean Kannemeyer received some overdue acknowledgement for his staunch faith in the ability of his brilliant Western Winter colt Capetown Noir, when the athletic bay slammed a high quality field, including Met favourite Jackson, to win the R1 million Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth on Saturday. With all the media attention focussed ...
Gauteng Raiders for Queen's Plate Day   (8 January 2014)
Three Gauteng-based horses, the Sean Tarry trained Whiteline Fever, the Kumaran Naidoo-trained Royal Zulu Warrior and the Mike de Kock-trained Espumanti, departed for Cape Town yesterday on their way to their respective engagements in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate meeting, while the three Gautengers from the Geoff Woodruff yard, Yorker, Do You Remember ...
100 Stakes Winners for Tarry   (24 December 2013)
Christmas came early for the Sean Tarry racing yard when their Jet Master colt Lance won the famously named Secretariat Stakes (Listed) at Turffontein. What made this early Christmas present extra special is that it was Sean Tarry’s 100th stakes winner he has trained since beginning his training career back in the 1996/1997 season. Since those humble ...
Tarry Tops in Secretariat   (24 December 2013)
The weather delayed R150 000 Listed Secretariat Stakes was run over the 1400m standside track at Turffontein on Sunday and the contest produced yet another impressive looking son of Jet Master. Sean Tarry’s lightly raced Lance won easily under Anthony Delpech, and looks a fellow to be with in the future. Jet Master has had an astounding feature ...
Cape Guineas Preview   (19 December 2013)
Saturday’s R1 million Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas to be run over the mile on the Kenilworth summer course fits the bill as the race of the year. Bar Willow Magic and Kochka, the best 3yo’s in South Africa line up to fight for the right to a page in the history books of the sport of kings in this country. The field of fifteen is out of the top ...
Adams Influence Crucial   (18 December 2013)
The new sponsorship of this Saturday’s Cape Guineas by Hassen Adams’ Grand Parade Investments is good news for racing as his influence in bringing innovative change will likely be extended. Adams “imagineering” philosophy saw the original engineering company he owned reaching great heights and he is clearly applying a similar approach in his role as ...
Champion Stallion Zabeel Pensioned   (17 December 2013)
Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram {Ire})--Lady Giselle {Fr}, by Nureyev), two-time Champion sire in Australia and four times in his native New Zealand, has been pensioned from stud duty at Cambridge Stud due to declining fertility, it was announced yesterday. Cambridge Stud's Sir Patrick Hogan, who pioneered the stud career of both Zabeel and his champion ...
Master Archer for Secretariat   (10 December 2013)
Turffontein feature race night action has been moved to Wednesday due to excessive rain. The meeting makes a welcome return to the national programme, when the R150 000 Listed Secretariat Stakes, powered by Mike De Kock Racing, is run under the lights over 1400m. The handicap for 3yo’s may favour one of the lighter weighted unexposed sorts at the ...
Old Warrior Mr Tobin Retired   (5 December 2013)
Last week one of the old warriors of the yard, the eight-year old Mr Tobin (Arg), was retired. The Argentinian import owned by Chris van Niekerk won eleven races in his five year racing career, the majority of those coming in the latter half of his career which included a streak of seven wins from eight starts on the sand between January and September ...
J&B Met Entries 2014   (4 December 2013)
The first entries for the R 2,5 million Gr1 J & B Met to be run at Kenilworth on Saturday 1 February 2014 have been published. Sean Tarry has entered Whiteline Fever who will attempt to follow in Alastor's hoofprints who won the Cape's big race in 2005. 0 JACKSON (5H) 0.0 118 Brett Crawford 0 WYLIE HALL (AUS) (4C) 0.0 113 Weiho ...
Tarry's Magic Strike   (2 December 2013)
Trainer Sean Tarry added a potential new dimension to the Cape Guineas picture when his Australian bred Willow Magic slammed his field to win the R500 000 Gr2 The Dingaans run over a mile a Turffontein on Saturday under a superb ride by Piere Strydom. The Gr1 SA Nursery winner also emphatically buried fears that he would not stay the mile. Strydom’s ...
Yorker Wins Summer Cup   (1 December 2013)
Trainer Geoff Woodruff produced the handsome Jet Master gelding Yorker in fine fettle on Saturday to win the 2013 R2 million Gr1 Sansui Summer Cup in a thriller from another son of Jet Master in his stablemate Master Sabina. In a memorable race, the rampant Woodruff also trained the third and fifth runners to finish. The Woodruff yard have been in ...
Summer Cup Preview   (29 November 2013)
Gauteng’s premier horse racing event, the Sansui Summer Cup (Grade 1) for R2million, takes place tomorrow at Turffontein racecourse and it is set up to be a cracking day of racing. The flagship meeting of Johannesburg fell behind the allure of the Cape’s Met and Durban’s July in the 90’s but full credit has to be given to the marketing team behind ...
Sean Tarry Stable on Fire   (21 November 2013)
The Sean Tarry yard has been reeling off the winners this last week saddling no less than seven winners including the big race last weekend – the Grade 2 Victory Moon Stakes. It was Dual Alliance that kick-started the stream of winners when the son of Second Empire came home three and a half lengths ahead of his nearest rival on the sand at the Vaal. ...
Tarry's Summer Cup Runners   (20 November 2013)
Tiger’s Retreat, who scored a courageous win in the Victory Moon Stakes over 1800m at Turffontein on Friday last week, will bid to emulate Tyson and follow up in the R2-million Sansui Summer Cup, hosted by Gauteng, over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday 30 November. The son of Tiger Ridge is one of three runners from the Sean Tarry yard who will ...
Tigers Retreat Wins Grade 2   (18 November 2013)
Devastation turned to elation and hopes of a beautiful summer ahead, at Turffontein on Friday evening, as Sean Tarry pondered the emotional rollercoaster of just over a fortnight ago. His Charity Mile frustration with the smart Tiger’s Retreat not making the final cut, showed that the handicappers are capable of random, albeit unwitting acts of favour, ...
Merit Rating Increase Reviewed   (17 November 2013)
The Review Board has completed their deliberations, findings and recommendations on the 6 point Merit Rating increase. It found that whilst it was correct for the National Horseracing Authority to seriously consider the Ground Rules on Merit Ratings as laid down in terms of South Africa’s membership of the Asian Racing Federation, they should also ...
Big Night in Joburg   (14 November 2013)
Victory Moon was the first South African horse to win one of the feature races on Dubai World Cup night, and along with the great mare Ipi Tombe help reignite the awareness of the South African thoroughbred on the World stage. Ipi Tombe and Victory Moon would both be crowned UAE Horse of the Year in consecutive years, Victory Moon sealing his title ...
New Greyville Track Doing Well   (12 November 2013)
There were positive vibes received from jockeys and trainers interviewed recently with regards to the state of the Greyville grass track, which has been narrowed due to the civil works being in progress for the new polytrack that will be built on its inside. At present the fields are limited to twelve runners, but it will be widened inward again when ...
Summer Cup Supporting Features   (11 November 2013)
Whistle Stop and Willow Magic, who finished first and second respectively in the Grade 3 Graham Beck Stakes on 2 November, could square against one another once again in the Grade 2 Dingaans over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday 30 November. The meeting is headed up by the R2 million Sansui Summer Cup over 2000m while six other Graded races will be ...
Ready2Run Sale Concludes Positively   (7 November 2013)
The final day of trading of the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale took place on Sunday. There were mixed messages from the sale’s figures, but they look in line with reality, as last year’s catalogue is regarded as exceptionally strong. The two day sale ended with the aggregate up 21% on last year’s sale, rising from R38.67 million in 2012 to ...
Sansui Summer Cup Log   (7 November 2013)
The final log for the 2013 Sansui Summer Cup has been published and Triple Tiara winner Cherry On The Top holds the top position. Charity Mile winner Royal Zulu Warrior is at number 7, after his scintillating victory on Saturday. Since the previous log was issued, all of Run For It, Blaze Of Fire, Potala Palace, Masai Warrior and Eastern Cobbler have ...
No Charity from Royal Zulu Warrior   (3 November 2013)
Royal Zulu Warrior made a disastrous start to his racing career. Breaking loose before his intended debut at Scottsville he ran amok behind the starting stalls with a blindfold covering his eyes before farrier Sean Leslie managed to get a calming hand on him. Five years down the line and a change of stable saw the Roy Moodley-owned gelding land the ...
Whiteline Fever Seeks Revenge   (1 November 2013)
Lady Luck has denied Whiteline Fever a few times thus far, and those backing the 5-year-old son of Right Approach will be hoping that the trend reverses when he contests the G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile at Turffontein on Saturday. Sean Tarry's charge has acquitted himself creditably against the best horses in the country but has been edged ...
CTS Million Dollar Race   (31 October 2013)
At a glittering media function at Taboo in Sandton on Wednesday, the Cape Thoroughbred Sales company (CTS) stunned the South African thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industry with the announcement that it will be hosting the first Million Dollar race in Africa. Known for its out-of-the-box thinking, CTS, who annually hosts the innovative inner ...
TBA Ready to Run Sale Begins   (31 October 2013)
There is a horse for everyone at the Ready To Run. Whichever end of the market your budget permits you to dabble, history shows that your chances are as good as the next bidder of securing one of the eighteen slots for the R3 million carrot in November 2014. The Ready To Run concept has changed the way we approach sales. For the good. The illustrious ...
Emperor’s Palace Race Day Runners   (30 October 2013)
This Saturday marks the first major feature raceday of the Johannesburg Spring season and the Sean Tarry yard has some big names out to compete. Tarry sends out the highest rated horses in both the three year old Graded Stakes as well as contenders in the Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile G2 and Emperor’s Palace R3,000,000 Ready-to-Run Cup. Sean Tarry’s ...
Phumelela Poly on Right Track   (28 October 2013)
Phumelela made a brave and good move this weekend to move the racing at Fairview from the turf to the new synthetic track when bad weather threatened to postpone or cancel the racing. The newly constructed polytrack only held its first races two days before on the Friday and it showed faith in the ability of the track to cope with bad weather when ...
Whiteline Fever in Charity Mile   (24 October 2013)
Whiteline Fever is to represent the Sean Tarry stable in this year's R600,000 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (G2) in what is a top draw field. Tiger's Retreat and Baracah are currently the first two reserve runners. The Charity Mile is a unique race in which each of the runners also races on behalf of a charity. Each horse is represented ...
Pomodoro Plans put on Hold   (17 October 2013)
Last year’s Vodacom Durban July winner Pomodoro will not be back on the racecourse until at least the Autumn season next year due to a series of unfortunate events. The Sean Tarry-trained Jet Master colt ran with a tongue tie on in this year’s July after he was heard to be making breathing noises in the pull up. This measure was expected to have the ...
Grade 1 Horses Return to Play   (15 October 2013)
Today’s night meeting at Turffontein sees the return of many of the country’s top horses and marks the real beginning of the Johannesburg Spring season as we build up to Sansui Summer Cup day in November. The Sean Tarry yard sends out a number of big names from the yard for their first runs of the season including two Grade 1 winning two year olds ...
Treve Tremendous in Arc   (7 October 2013)
Unbeaten filly Treve was simply magnificent in a five-length Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victory. Ridden by Thierry Jarnet, who took over from Frankie Dettori after his heartbreak ankle break, the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained three-year-old was in a different class even to second Orfevre and third Intello. Treve broke slowly and was rooted in the ...
Black Caviar Named Australian HOY   (4 October 2013)
Undefeated superstar Black Caviar had her faultless racing career honoured again when she was crowned the 2012/13 Australian Racehorse of the Year for the third consecutive time. Black Caviar becomes just the second horse to hold the title three times. Fellow Hall of Famer Sunline, a dual Cox Plate winner won the title in 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2001/02. Black ...
The Quirky and Brilliant Orfevre   (3 October 2013)
Orfevre has the reputation for being both possibly the best middle distance horse in the world, as well as the most quirky. As a three year old he was unstoppable, winning four Grade 1’s and two Grade 2’s including the Japanese Triple Crown of the Japanese 2000 Guineas G1, Japanese Derby G1 and Japanese St Leger G1. His first start as a four year old ...
Owner Profile: Chris van Niekerk   (1 October 2013)
The Sporting Post did a profile on Chris van Niekerk, who among other achievements was the winning owner of the last two Durban July's. Below are excerpts from that profile done on this major owner within the Sean Tarry stable: Since his humble start in racing, in 1993, when he owned a horse with Paul Lafferty, to 2012 and 2013 when he made history ...
Soft Falling Rain: Highest in Europe   (30 September 2013)
South Africa's Champion Two Year Old of 2012 showed Europe what he was made of in a highly impressive performance to win the Nayef Joel Stakes G2 by three and a half lengths on Friday. Stalking the leader in what was a hot early pace, Soft Falling Rain showed his class in the final two furlongs pulling away from the field. The quick early fractions ...
Champion Val De Ra Has First Foal   (27 September 2013)
Var’s sensational speed queen Val De Ra has a date with Frankel, and showed her equally magical maternal mettle when giving birth to a beautiful filly by Oasis Dream on Tuesday this week. Any self respecting racing enthusiast knows all about the Katy Perry of the equine female ranks. In a phenomenal racing career spanning four years, the blazing ...
Animal Kingdom Off To Fast Start   (25 September 2013)
Arrowfield Farm in Australia reported six mares have been confirmed in foal to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom, who began his stud career Down Under. According to a release from John Messara's Arrowfield, the mares covered by the Dubai World Cup (G1) winner include group I winner Vitesse Dane, group II winner ...
Eclipse Stamp Still Valid   (25 September 2013)
It is well documented that the famous 18th century racehorse Eclipse is now dominating the male ancestry of the thoroughbred breed to such an extent that the sire lines of the two other founding stallions, Herod and Matchem, are in danger of disappearing. Eclipse was conceived 250 years ago in 1763, when Prince William, the Duke Of Cumberland, sent ...
SA Jockeys to Ride in China   (19 September 2013)
S’Manga Khumalo, Kevin Shea and Gavin Lerena will travel to Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, northern region of the People’s Republic of China, to ride in a ground breaking international racemeeting this weekend. Bloodstock agent Robin Bruss and SA Jockey Association chairman Tex Lerena are other South African industryman who will be attending The China ...
Sansui Summer Cup Launch   (18 September 2013)
Johannesburg’s premier equestrian and fashion affair, the sensational SANSUI Summer Cup G1, proudly hosted by Gauteng, will be more stylish than ever in 2013. The SANSUI Summer Cup is the power, the pace and the pulse of an esteemed legacy of thoroughbred horse racing in Johannesburg which began in 1887. It is a premier fashion and horse racing ...
USA Horse of the Year Wins in Style   (16 September 2013)
AMERICA'S reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Charles LoPresti/John Velazquez) furthered his claim to be the best horse in training worldwide, with an easy three and a half length success in the Woodbine Mile (Watch race). Christophe Clement's Za Approval was second, with David Simcock's Trade Storm a further length and a quarter back in third. ...
Champion Sire Western Winter Dies   (12 September 2013)
One of the best stallions in South Africa’s history died this morning after complications following a colic operation. Western Winter (USA), Champion Freshman Sire of 2001 and Champion Sire in South Africa on three occasions, has passed away. The son of Gone West (USA) is the all-time leading sire in South Africa by prizemoney earned with almost R105m ...
Legacy of a 4,000 Sire   (4 September 2013)
Few stallions, in recent years, deserve the title of “rags to riches success” more than Danehill Dancer. The stallion, who began his stud career for just 4,000 guineas, enjoyed so much success that his stud fee eventually rose to 60,000. Now 20 years old, Danehill Dancer stood the 2013 season for EU 40,000 (a stud fee ten times higher than he started). ...
Emerald Cup Entries   (2 September 2013)
ALL of the proven sand horses in the country are among the 36 entries for this year’s R600,000 Emerald Cup to be run over 1450m at the Vaal on Saturday 28 September. Trainer Mike Azzie appears to have a particularly strong entry for the Grade 2 race with nine entries, including arguably the best sand horse in South Africa – Pylon. So far he has ...
Australia's Two Most Famous Horses   (29 August 2013)
Oddly enough the two most world famous Australian horses of the last decade were both female. Black Caviar and Makybe Diva. Two names that will forever be etched into the history of the sport. Both would be guaranteed automatic entrance into any international horseracing Hall of Fame. And now it looks as though the bloodlines of those two great mares ...
Shea Shea vs Sole Power   (26 August 2013)
Shea Shea (National Emblem), South Africa’s highest rated international sprinter, and Sole Power, the highest rated 1000m horse in Europe, have met five times this past year. The most recent of these was in last weekend’s Nunthorpe Stakes G1 – a race won by Sole Power in 2010 to announce his arrival at the top level of European sprinting. The betting ...
Silver Day for South Africa   (24 August 2013)
A silver medal sometimes can feel worse than finishing nowhere. You can’t help feeling the bitter taste of how close you came to victory, and rerunning through one’s head questions of ‘what if’. It all comes down to expectation. The very fact you find yourself disappointed with a second place is a positive – for it shows you that you were expecting ...
Dolomiti maintains her unbeaten record   (16 August 2013)
Sean looks to have a very smart filly on his hands in the form of Dolomiti. The daughter of Caesour took her record to two wins from as many starts when successful in a novice plate at Scottsville on Wednesday afternoon. An impressive debut winner when scoring by 3.25 lengths over 1200m, Dolomiti was backed into short priced favouritism for Wednesday’s ...
Equus Glory for Heavy Metal   (14 August 2013)
The Tarry yard had double reason to celebrate at Wednesday night’s Equus Awards Ceremony. Their Vodacom Durban July/President’s Champions Challenge winner Heavy Metal was named the Champion Middle Distance Horse in a year with a number of top competitors. The Silvano gelding is currently in quarantine prior to an overseas campaign. To date, Heavy ...
S’manga Khumalo: Black jockey shaking up South African horse racing   (12 August 2013)
(Kind Courtesy of The Guardian) The first time S’manga Khumalo encountered a horse, he was scared. “I was really nervous,” he recalled. “At that time I was a small boy weighing about 30kg and here’s this big animal, 500kg, next to me. It terrified me a little bit but it grew in me and I ended up getting better at it.” So much better that, 14 ...
A Season to Remember   (1 August 2013)
The 2012/2013 season will be a year to remember for the Sean Tarry yard. The last months of the year have seen a massive battle at the top of the National Trainer’s Championship between Sean Tarry and Mike de Kock. In the end there was only approximately R340.000 between them with De Kock successfully defending his crown, both earning in excess of ...
Equus Award Nominations for the Yard   (29 July 2013)
Nominations for the 2012-2013 Equus Awards were recently announced. Three of the stable’s inmates have been nominated: Willow Magic – Champion 2yo colt For The Lads – Champion 2yo filly Heavy Metal – Champion Older Male, Champion Middle Distance Horse Champion 2 year colt (distance immaterial) Captain of All ; Forest Indigo; Kochka; Willow ...
Sean Tarry Interview with Jimmy Lithgow   (20 July 2013)
Watch the interview Jimmy Lithgow does with Sean after he won his second consecutive Vodacom Durban July. They chat about Sean's history, his top horses at the moment and some of his stars of the past... Click here to watch video
New European Star Eclipses Rivals   (11 July 2013)
Review: Coral Eclipse Stakes (Grade 1) 2000m, Sandown, United Kingdom The Coral Eclipse Stakes G1 is one of Europe’s most prestigious races and is the mid-season championship race for 2000m horses. Won in recent years by champions such as So You Think, Giant’s Causeway, Sadler’s Wells, Hawk Wing, Dancing Brave and Falbrav the winner of the race ...
Spirit continues yard’s great run   (11 July 2013)
The stable has been on a great winning streak of late, and, following a sensational day at Greyville last Saturday, Sean’s good form continued at Scottsville on Wednesday. He sent out the well bred filly Elusive Spirit to win a smart race over 1000m. Following a good debut behind the impressive 2yo Berlinetta, Elusive Spirit was sent out a prohibitive ...
Heavy Metal Tops off Tarry's Day   (10 July 2013)
If you were new to racing you would be forgiven into thinking that the Vodacom Durban July branding matches the colours of Chris van Niekerk’s out of design. In a huge day for the team of Sean Tarry, Chris van Niekerk and S’Manga Khumalo they won both the G1 Golden Slipper with For the Lads (Trippi) before topping off the day with a back-to-back victory ...
Fantastic July Hatrick   (7 July 2013)
Sean enjoyed tremendous success at the 2013 Vodacom Durban July meeting. Not only did he send out Heavy Metal to give the yard its second successive victory in the R3 500 000 July, but he also tasted feature race success with Kolkata and For The Lads, to provide the yard with a dream hatrick. Following up from Gold Onxy’s third place finish in the ...
Heavy makes history!   (7 July 2013)
Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July saw Sean’s talented Heavy Metal go into the history books. Not only did he give Sean and owner Chris Van Niekerk a second consecutive win (Pomodoro having succeeded last year) in the famous race, but Heavy Metal’s jockey, S’Manga Khumalo, became the first black rider ever to taste success in the July. Unfortunately, top-weight ...
Smart July runners for Tarry yard   (3 July 2013)
Sean is set to saddle 12 runners on Vodacom Durban July day this Saturday. The stable’s representatives include no fewer than four in the July itself. Race 1 Bold Silvano Merit Rated 78 Handicap Money Doesnt Count: To be ridden by champion jockey elect Piere Strydom, Money Doesnt Count was scratched from running this past weekend, but has made ...
Double delight!   (1 July 2013)
Tiger’s Retreat and Selborne Supremacy gave Sean a double this weekend when successful at Turffontein and Clairwood Park respectively. It was great curtain raiser to one of racing’s biggest weeks – and hopefully the yard can maintain this momentum going forward onto Vodacom Durban July day. It was also a tremendous feat for Chris Van Niekerk, who ...
Galileo vs His Successor   (26 June 2013)
Preview: Irish Derby (Grade 1), The Curragh, Ireland This Saturday’s Irish Derby looks to be a vintage renewal with the first three placings of this year’s Epsom Derby (Grade 1) all lining up to renew battle. The race looks to renew the famous rivalry of the Ballydoyle (Coolmore) and Godolphin (Darley) operations as well mark the beginning of what ...
Four for July!   (25 June 2013)
Sean will saddle no fewer than four runners in this year’s R3 500 000 Vodacom Durban July. The Tarry runners include last year’s winner Pomodoro, President’s Champion Challenge hero Heavy Metal, Gr2 winner E-Jet and Hawaii Stakes victor Whiteline Fever. While Pomodoro and Whiteline Fever drew well at seven and six respectively, E-Jet was unfortunately ...
Tribute to Sir Henry Cecil   (21 June 2013)
One of the all time great trainers, Sir Henry Cecil, last week passed away after a long battle with cancer. British Champion Trainer on 10 occasions and winner of a record 75 Royal Ascot winners his records will stand for decades. He will be remembered by most of us as the trainer of arguably the greatest horse of modern times, Frankel. A horse named ...
Pomodoro tops July betting   (19 June 2013)
Last year’s Vodacom Durban July hero Pomodoro is the market header for this year’s R3 500 000 Durban showpiece. The Jet Master colt has been quoted at 5-1, for a race which has been marred by a number of high-profile scratchings. Other Tarry runners quoted in the July market are: Heavy Metal (28-1), Whiteline Fever (33-1) and E-Jet (40-1). Gold ...
Schofield for E-Jet   (19 June 2013)
Glyn Schofield has been booked to ride E-Jet in the Vodacom Durban July, while the country’s champion jockey elect Piere Strydom will attempt a double in the big race aboard Pomodoro. Sean Tarry, who trains the pair, said also that Bernard Fayd’Herbe would ride Whiteline Fever, while the riders for both Heavy Metal and his borderline entry Gold Onyx ...
Scottsville Treble!   (5 June 2013)
Sean saddled a quick fire treble at Scottsville on Wednesday, keeping the yard’s name in the headlines ahead of some of KZN’s bigger feature races. All three winners were for stalwart owner, Chris Van Niekerk, who has been such a loyal and steadfast supporter of the Tarry yard over the past few years. It is great to see Chris reap the rewards ...
Metal shines in victory   (19 May 2013)
Recent Gr1 President’s Champion Challenge winner Heavy Metal made it back to back wins with a smooth victory in a pinnacle stakes over 1600 metres. The highest rated horse in the race, Heavy Metal looked hard to oppose at the weights, and duly won in eye catching fashion. S’Manga Khumalo, victorious in the President’s Challenge, has built up ...
William the Conqueror   (6 May 2013)
Fresh off saddling two feature race winners on Champions Day, as well as having a mid-week winner, Sean was back in the winners box on KRA Guineas day at Greyville on Saturday. He sent out William Conquest to win the afternoon’s fifth race, a Merit Rated 74 handicap over 2000m. While disappointed in his horse’s previous outing, Sean felt the ...
Awesome Gr1 double for SA’s leading trainer   (29 April 2013)
Sean had an excellent day at Turffontein on Saturday. On one of South Africa’s greatest racing day (Champions Day), he saddled a pair of Gr1 winners – Willow Magic (SA Nursery) and Heavy Metal (President’s Champions Challenge). As result, Sean has moved to the top of the South African trainers list, ahead of perennial champion Mike de Kock and ...
First July win for Tarry yard!   (9 July 2012)
Sean saddled the winner of South Africa’s most famous race on Saturday, when his 3yo Pomodoro ran out a storming winner of the R3 million, G1 Vodacom Durban July. It was a first win in the race for both Sean and leading owner, Chris Van Niekerk. The July victory was the cherry on the top of a magnificent season enjoyed by Sean and Chris, the latter ...
A Superb Tarry 1-2 in Canon Gold Cup!   (3 January 2012)
THE 2010/11 racing season, one of ups and downs for Sean Tarry, ended on a spectacularly high note when the stable took first and second in the Grade 1 Canon Gold Cup over 3200m and saddled another winner in the penultimate race of the season at Greyville on Sunday. 2009 Summer Cup hero Aslan (45-1), tuned to perfection, produced his best under ...
Changes needed to ensure best Durban July fields   (2 January 2012)
VERTICAL Takeoff’s having to be withdrawn from the 2011 Vodacom Durban July following injury has again stirred the debate around early declarations for the race. The nomination fees, too, have come under the spotlight. While the connections of Vertical Takeoff have taken this unfortunate development on the chin, Sean and a number of other trainers ...
Sean's Early Days as a Trainer   (1 January 2012)
SEAN Tarry has taken giant leaps as a trainer over the last five years. In this featured article we go down memory lane to June 1994, when Sean was interviewed by Nicci Garner for The Citizen’s Racing Express. It’s an interesting read which details Sean’s early involvement in racing and how he came to take out his trainer’s licence back in 1997. (Original ...
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