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Tarry, Tarry, Tarry

Some days are diamonds!

Sean Tarry has had a few big days in the twenty two seasons since he started out with just sixteen horses at Randjesfontein in 1997. Saturday was one of those pearlers that will go down in his biography as ranking with the best he has had.

Almost everything went right – and in the absolutely no guarantee world of horseracing that’s very rare, indeed.

The 50 year old multiple SA champion trainer went from the gutted raw downer of a whisker loss after a bumping match in the Allan Robertson followed by the often perceived unsporting move of objecting, to the highs of a Gr1 treble – which included a glorious trifecta in the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint for his mainstay owner – and surely one of the most loyal men in the game.

Chris van Niekerk

Sean Tarry & Chris van Niekerk – a file pic in typical pose!

Chris van Niekerk, who is seen more often these days with his son Eric in the winner’s enclosures across the country, told us after his Gr1 Gold Medallion win that he was ‘enjoying’ his racing.

He thus could have been excused for feeling almost embarrassed as his blue and red branding stormed across the line in the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint to fill the top three places – the consistent 3yo Chimichuri Run producing a storming late run under Raymond Danielson to deny his senior tardy-starting stablemate Trip To Heaven what would have been a well-deserved Gr1 success.

The time – the fastest of the  four Gr1’s on the day – was 66,84 secs, with under a length separating the top two.

Luke Ferraris, who got his first Gr1 earlier, guided Africa Rising into third, a quarter length away.

Raymond Danielson gets Chimichuri Run to power at the right moment (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

Drill Hall Stakes winner Undercover Agent was a neck away in fourth and he looks set for two more Gr1 appearances before bidding us farewell as he embarks on a career in the Klawervlei paddocks – who wouldn’t want another son of Captain Al?

The Drakenstein bred Chimichuri Run is  a son of Trippi (End Sweep) out of the versatile three time winner Spiced Gold (Kahal) – who won up to 1800m.

Chimichuri Run cost R1,1 million on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale and took his earnings to R1 514 875 with his fourth win with 8 places from 14 starts.

What a day. Not great for the punters with the Pick 6 not won. But we doff our caps to Chris van Niekerk, Captain Al, Lyle Hewitson, Sean Tarry and Luke Ferraris.

By our calculations that’s 54 Gr1 winners for the champion team.

Racing remains one of life’s great levellers.


Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint (SAf-Gr1)

Scottsville, South Africa, May 25, R1 million, 1200m, turf, good, 1.06.84

1 – CHIMICHURI RUN (SAF), 54.5, ch c 3, Trippi (USA) – Spiced Gold (SAF) by Kahal (GB). Owner Mr C J H Van Niekerk; Breeder Drakenstein Stud; trainer SG Tarry; jockey R Danielson
2 – Trip To Heaven (SAF), 55.0, b g 7, Trippi (USA) – Helleborus Blue (USA) by Cee’s Tizzy (USA)
3 – Africa Rising (SAF), 53.5, ch g 5, Visionaire (USA) – Sucha Looka (SAF) by Braashee (GB)
Margins: 0.70, 0.25, 0.10

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3 comments on “Tarry, Tarry, Tarry


    Bloody remarkable feat, Mr Sean Tarry, in anybodies book.


    1. Editor says:

      Dave Mollett sent an email note:

      “Well done to Sporting Post for stating that Chris Van Niekerk is “surely one of the most loyal men in the game.”
      I would like to change this slightly and say Chris is “THE most loyal man in the game.”
      Don’t for a minute think the last 18 months have been an easy ride for CVN. It started with his Churchill-like speech prior to the 2018 CTS Sale and he has weathered the storm to emerge as a leading light of our sport.
      While football “stars” are only interested in their wages, CVN and Sean Tarry have two valuable assets – they have a passion for racing and strive for success. That’s why we applaud their success at Scottsville.

  2. Niran says:

    Choice words Mr Mollet , to reiterate,Mr Tarry is a phenomenal trainer , who can hold his own in any racing jurisdiction, Mr Van Niekerk is a man among men ,so humble and modest in success ….as the old adage goes Mr Tarry and Mr Van Niekerk are a “match made in heaven “…….. oh and before I forget ….. provided he stays fit and sound … I predict Chimichuri Run will win next years Drill Hall stakes ….interesting to know what the odds will be … leading bookmakers (** edited)but hopeful of a response from hollywood bets ..

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