Pomodoro winner highlights Tarry treble
Despite Saturday’s Turffontein racemeeting losing three races due to bad weather, Sean and his yard enjoyed a memorable weekend’s racing.
The Tarry stable were represented by seven runners at Turffontein, and enjoyed a trio of winners and a trio of third place finishers.
Highlight of the day was the brilliant win by Return Flight, a daughter of the stable’s first July winner Pomodoro.
A good second on debut, Return Flight made absolute hacks of her rivals, when the 2yo filly romped to an 11.25 length maiden win on Saturday!
A real bargain buy (she cost just R20 000 as a yearling), Return Flight was steered to victory by Lyle Hewitson-with Hewitson unlikely to partner an easier winner this season.
Return Flight, who was bred by Mike Sharkey, was a first Pomodoro sired winner for Sean and owner Chris Van Niekerk, who both enjoyed so much success with Pomodoro himself.
A son of Jet Master and Golden Apple, Pomodoro has made a tremendously promising start to his stud career and already has a pair of high class stakes performers to his name in the form of Cirillo and Royal Italian respectively.
First timer Three Stars, also carrying the Chris Van Niekerk silks, was another eye catching winner for Sean on Saturday. The two-year-old daughter of Seventh Rock made a smart debut, to win first time out by three parts of a length from fellow Seventh Rock filly Rock Sensation.
Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Three Stars is out of the Captain Al mare Captain’s Emblem.
Sean also sent out the highly talented Matador Man to make a pleasing return to the winners enclosure, when that son of Toreador landed the 30 Year Anniversary Hennenman Memorial Progress Plate over 1600 metres.
Matador Man, winner of the 2017 KZN Breeders Million Mile, produced a cracking turn of foot to mow his rivals down and win going away by 0.6 of a length. In landing what appeared a very competitive race, the Scott Bros bred gelding took his tally of wins to four.
Third in last year’s G1 Champions Cup, Matador Man races for Messrs Tooch, Blank, GJ Nassif, J Nassif, ZL Nassif and Jimmy Sarkis.
Both Three Stars and Matador Man were partnered to victory by S’Manga Khumalo, who has made a cracking return to the saddle following his lengthy lay-off.
Saturday honoured the lives of those who were tragically lost in the Hennenman Disaster- one of the saddest events in South African racing history. Their names will never be forgotten by South African racing enthusiasts!