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Pomodoro relative catches the eye

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Sean had a tremendous day at Turffontein on Saturday, when the Tarry yard were represented by no fewer than four winners!
The cherry on the top came when Sean saddled the first three finishers in Saturday’s second race, a Pinnacle Stakes for fillies and mares over 1160m –with stablemates Tahini, Exquisite Touch and Heaps Of Fun filling the first three placings.

A daughter of Silvano, Tahini maintained her unbeaten record over the course and distance (she has won both her appearances over the Turffontein 1160m) to just touch off stable mate, and favourite Exquisite Touch (having her first race since October). Heaps Of Fun caught the eye by storming home to by beaten just 0.4 of a length.
Owned by the Foulkes family, the Maine Chance Farms bred Tahini has always been a well above average filly, and ran third in last season’s G1 HSH Princess Charlene Of Monaco Empress Club Stakes. She was steered to victory by Raymond Danielson –victorious for Sean in November’s G1 Sansui Summer Cup.

Sean also saddled two very impressive maiden winners on Saturday, in the form of Helios and Chariot Of Gold respectively.

The former, who was bred by Summerhill Stud, made a winning debut when landing Saturday’s first race over 1160m under the urgings of jockey Calvin Habib. The 44-1 outsider ran on smartly to get up close to home and register a three parts of a length win.
Owned by Chris Van Niekerk, Helios was a R550 000 buy from the 2016 CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale.

The son of Visionaire, accompanied down to the start with a lead-horse, has not, however, been an easy customer and Sean was quick to acknowledge this in the post-race interview. He said, “He was very impressive at the Ready To Run Sale but was impossible when we got him home! He travelled down to Cape Town with the string, and I must thank Malan (du Toit) for his work, and the team in Cape Town who also did a great job with him.”

The regally bred Chariot Of Gold (a Silvano filly whose stakes winning dam is a half-sister to the yard’s former July winner and now promising sire Pomodoro) really impressed when breaking her maiden over a mile on Saturday. Bred by Klawervlei Stud, the lightly raced 3yo stormed home from near last to win going away by 1.1 lengths. Owned by Bernard Kantor, Chris Van Niekerk and Sean Racing CC, the filly was partnered to victory by Piere Strydom –who also won the July aboard Pomodoro.
Judging by the style of her win, there should be more to come from Chariot Of Gold!

Sean’s fourth and final winner on Saturday came in the form of Jika, who received a superb front-running ride from champion jockey Anthony Delpech. The latter timed his ride to perfection, with Jika eventually kicking on again in the straight, before going on to score an emphatic 2.5 length win at the expense of Post Grad.

One of two winners on the day at Turffontein for his sire Jay Peg, Jika races for Messrs D Yutar, Blank, Tooch, H N Yutar and the Brooklyn Bullet Trust.


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