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Saturday’s Graded Greyville double

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Sean and his team enjoyed a cracking end to the 2017-2018 racing season, with the Tarry yard enjoying both a big race double on Vodacom Durban July and a major 2yo graded double at Greyville this past Saturday on eLan Gold Cup day.

The Tarry double was made even sweeter by the fact that the yard saddled Return Flight, a daughter of Sean’s first July winner Pomodoro, to win Saturday’s G1 Thekwini Stakes for Pomodoro’s owner Chris Van Niekerk.

The filly is the first, of what promises to be many, G1 winner for her sire.

Return Flight, who was backed down to 16-10 favouritism for the R750 000 Thekwini, was given a typically confident ride by Anton Marcus (riding Return Flight for a first time). Marcus always had his mount up handy and asked her to go at the top of the straight. Return Flight quickened up very smartly and went on to win a cracking race by 1.75 lengths.
Now a winner of three of her five outings (her two previous wins coming with an aggregate of nearly 20 lengths), Return Flight now looks a potential Equus Award winner.
In the process, Return Flight all but ensures that Pomodoro would end the season as South Africa’s Champion First Crop Sire –a remarkable achievement for a stallion who himself never raced at two.
The filly, a bargain R20 000 buy from the 2017 March Yearling Sale, was bred by Mike Sharkey –and she is a great advertisement for the quality of horse that Pomodoro, whose son Cirillo did not enjoy the best of trips when fifth in Saturday’s G1 Premiers Champion Stakes, is throwing.

Sean also saddled the exciting Trippi colt Chimichuri Run to land Saturday’s G3 Haval Motors South Africa Umkhomazi Stakes over 1200 metres. Given an extremely confident ride by S’Manga Khumalo, Chimichuri Run swooped past his rivals at the top of the straight and bounded clear to pick up his first feature race win by an eye catching 4.75 lengths –despite running all over the course in the closing stages.

Bred by Drakenstein Stud, and racing in Chris Van Niekerk’s silks, Chimichuri Run was not winning out of turn, with the colt having been third previously in both the G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion and G2 SA Nursery. He is out of G1 SA Fillies Classic dead-heater Spiced Gold, a daughter of Kahal.


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