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Tilbury Fort wins Summer Cup!

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For a second year in a row, Sean saddled the winner of the G1 Summer Cup when Tilbury Fort saluted in the G-Bets sponsored feature on Saturday. (The Tarry yard had previously claimed victory in last year’s Summer Cup with Liege).

Remarkably, Tilbury Fort was one of six winners for Sean and his hard-working team on Saturday!

The son of Horse Chestnut has been a different horse since being gelded with Tilbury Fort confirming his excellent, luckless, second in the G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile last time out with a powerful score on Saturday.

Given a superbly confident ride by Lyle Hewitson, the five-year-old was switched off early on in running, while Fort Ember set out to make the running.
Tilbury Fort continued to bide his time, until Hewitson asked him for his effort in the latter stages and then produced a devastating turn of foot to reel in his opponents and score an emphatic win over 30-1 shot Dawn Assault and favourite Cascapedia.

Bred by James Armitage, Tilbury Fort turned the tables on his Charity Mile conqueror Coral Fever, with the late gallant back in fourth place under 60kgs.

He provided Lyle Hewitson with a third G1 winner of the champion rider’s fledgling career with the promise of more to come!

A son of once beaten Triple Crown winner Horse Chestnut, Tilbury Fort, who had promised so much earlier in his career prior to being gelded, was a R110 000 buy from the 2015 March Yearling Sale –and he has now earned R2 054 000 in prize money.

Well done to owners Messrs Currie, Jacobs, Mathen, Van Niekerk, Craig Zoghby, Sean Tarry Racing CC and Mrs Lahoud.
The Tarry yard also captured Saturday’s G2 The Goldrush Merchants with Africa Rising and Listed G-Bets Stakes Gallop Secretariat Stakes with Skitt Skizzle filly Cordillera, with the latter providing rising star Luke Ferraris with his 60th win of his career. Now a winner of two of her three outings, Cordillera is a real feather in the cap of her Jet Master sire Skitt Skizzle, who has had just four runners for two winners and a stakes winner thus far.

Sean also sent out the impressive Mythical Bolt to score an all-the way win in Saturday’s second race, and also won the third race with 2017 G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe hero Purple Diamond, with Turffontein’s ninth race seeing Sean send out the Al Adaayit South Africa bred and owned Zillzaal to shed his maiden impressively over 1600m.

Saturday was also a big day for Sean’s stalwart supporter Chris Van Niekerk, who owns both Cordillera and Purple Diamond, with Chris also owning Africa Rising in partnership with Portapa (Pty) Ltd trading as Supabets and Mythical Bolt (whose dam is a sister to former Tarry sprint star Mythical Flight) in partnership with Marsh Shirtliff and Bryn Ressell.

Well done to the whole team who do such a great job behind the scenes, and a big thank you to all the owners who continue to support Sean and his yard so generously.


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