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Tarry – Who Will Be New Jockey?

Hard work will be the key

Newly crowned SA champion trainer Sean Tarry’s chief jockey Lyle Hewitson has departed for a stint in Hong Kong, so will need to be replaced.

He said, “I don’t want to force any new relationship but have got a lot of horses and those who put in the hard work will get the opportunities.”

Sean Tarry leads Gold Onyx in with Anton Marcus, in a file pic

Sean Tarry did not believe he had the firepower to win last season’s National Trainers championship so it came as a bonus along with his season’s chief target of “getting Chris (van Niekerk) over the line.”

Loyal owner Van Niekerk will receive the South African Champion Owner award for the second time at the Equus Awards on Tuesday evening, where Tarry will receive the Trainer’s trophy for the fourth time.

Tarry said, “I thought Mike and Justin had the goods last season. It is usually the trainers who win the R4 million races who win it, so maybe it was days like Scottsville which kept us in the race.”

Tarry won three Grade 1s in one day for the first time in his career at Scottsville’s annual Festival Of Speed meeting in May and was unlucky not to clinch a Jackpot of Grade 1s as Cavivar was hampered in the Allan Robertson Championship and lost by a head. Tarry also sent out the trifecta in the main race, the Tsogo Sun Sprint.

Tarry will approach this season like last and said, “I will just tack on and if things look good will start worrying.”

His dual Grade 1 winning sprint-miler Celtic Sea will remain in training although she is not a certainty to go down for the Cape Summer Of Champions season.

Grade 1-winning sprinter Chimichuri Run is also not a certainty to travel down as there is only one proper race for him, the Grade 1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship over a five furlong distance which is a touch sharp for him, although it is a tough five furlongs.

Tarry said realistically speaking he did not appear to have a Sun Met horse, unless the three-year-olds put their hands up, as Cirillo, whilst having proven class, was not as good as the like of Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge.

He said a line could be drawn through Grade 1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion winner Eden Roc’s run on eLan Gold Cup day in the Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes over 1600m as something had worried him on course and he had become uncontrollable in the parade ring.

He labelled Putontheredlight, runner up to Eden Roc in the Grade 2 Durban Holden Horseshoe, as another of his three-year-old classic hopes for the season although added races like the Dingaans and Cape Guineas were the true tests which showed whether a horse was up to it or not.

He mentioned a number of horses as candidates to clinch him a third successive Gauteng Summer Cup.

He said, “I have a couple of nice horses off decent marks. Lord Silverio had a premature injury last season which put paid to his campaign and he is back in training, there is Al Mutawakel (unbeaten in three starts), Zillzaal has had the gelding he needed badly, although the Summer Cup might come too soon.”

He will also target the defending champion Tilbury Fort at the Summer Cup and will consider running his Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic, Grade 2 SA Oaks and Grade 2 Gerald Rosenberg-winner from last season, Return Flight, although he said it was not the perfect race for her.

Gold Circle have allowed Tarry to take a “sabattical” from his KZN satellite yard at Summerveld which he will open again for the SA Champions Season.


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37 comments on “Tarry – Who Will Be New Jockey?

  1. Cecil says:

    Mr Tarry, employ Luke Ferraris as nr 1
    Back ups, Danielson and Ryan Munger 👍

  2. phil says:

    striker back in town

  3. Brian says:

    Here we go again


    Get Muzi, even if he falls off he gets back on

  4. Paul says:

    Dillon would be a fantasic substitute!

  5. Adesh rambally says:


  6. Gavin says:

    Danielson deserves a chance

  7. Clinton Pillay says:

    I mentioned this last week Raymond Danielson has to be your choice. HARD WORKING AND DEDICATED. Take today for example 3 rides 2 wins and a third. Brilliant Stingray.

  8. George Croucher says:

    im surprised that not one person has suggested the obvious choice….Gavin Lerena

  9. Rudi says:

    Bling did it before. Just need to be taken under hand again.

  10. Raymond says:

    Warren Kennedy as honest as they come

  11. Wayne Fouche says:

    I’m sure that Gavin Lerena will ride a lot of Tarry’s horses but his weight limitations make it unlikely that he would be named as the stables first choice jock.

  12. Norman Andrew says:

    Danielson is a hard worker give it to him.

  13. Brian says:

    Now Mr Tarry. If these opinions dont help you nothing will.

    For me Muzi, Striker. Gavin is sponsored so there will be issues there

    By the way, if you need help running your stable, advice in this forum is plentiful and free

  14. Alwyna Helm says:


  15. Kay says:

    Raymond Danielson obviously he has always done well for the stable and he can also ride light weight. He deserves a break to show what he can do.

  16. Clinton Pillay says:

    Guys look at Raymond riding today
    If you haven’t watch them
    Absolutely Brilliant

  17. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…The future international Champ Luke Ferraris along with Raymond should fit that bill just fine…Gavin will get the odd few along with Anton..Period

  18. Mike says:

    Perfect Danielon

  19. KedaFIE says:

    Mr Tarry Just get Khumalo up on all your best horses if you do not want to turn to bling. give Raymond Danielson the chance he deserves.

  20. Reg Lawrence says:

    I agree Warren Kennedy the most honest jock I know

  21. Brian says:

    I thought his ride in the 2nd was poor. He reminds me of a baby. Wet or blowing never consistent

  22. EarlofRome says:

    K Matsunyane, Why not?

  23. Michael says:

    What wss the reason for Khumalo losing the Tarry job? Tarry was far more successful when Bling was the stable jockey! When last has Tarry won a July or a Met?

    1. Editor says:

      July 2013 – Heavy Metal ridden by S’manga Khumalo
      Met 2005 – Alastor ridden by Garth Puller

  24. Louis Goosen says:

    Well done Sean, on another Trainers Championship. Top stuff and the result of meticulous planning, placing of horses and form knowlege and also your own special Training ability. Even without the best SA horse in your yard, you still got Chris over the line. What you did on the big Sprint Day at Scottsville was GR8 to see.

    To Chris, the gentleman and passionate stalwart of Racing, my best wishes.

    Top class team, dont worry about stable jocks, all, Sean will sort it out.

  25. Emmanuel Ramutsamaya says:

    You see

  26. HORSE BOSS says:

    Employ Khumalo and Yeni respectively to take your stable to the next level, Khumalo, had undoubtedly done well for the stable, whilst Yeni can ride at any weight giving your stable the best advantage

  27. Stharwelk says:

    R Danielson is the best

  28. bob kistnasamy says:

    Get Luke Ferraris as the stable jock. He is young, a strong rider and tries his best.
    Further, he can also be groomed to become one of the top jocks. This young man is going places.

    Khumalo!!!, Leave him be. I would not recommend him. One need to look at his performances recently. He appears completely off form.

  29. EarlofRome says:

    K. Matsunyane
    Choosing a young jockey could be useful for the future…

  30. Clinton Pillay says:

    Ed l am not being biased when saying this although l think Raymond Danielson in a great Jock.
    Whenever a jock rides a treble there is an article published
    Here we have a jock that has three rides for 2 wins and a 3rd on the Saturday.
    Then he has 4 rides on Sunday wins on three of them. Which l stand to be corrected the treble worked out to 98 to 1
    Nothing mentioned????
    Do you have to have a specific surname or roots in racing to be mentioned?

    1. Editor says:

      Clinton, thanks for the note
      Keep an eye on the SP Digest on Thursday afternoon
      Names and roots matter not

  31. Michael Jacobs says:

    Interesting to note that in the season just past, Khumalo had a better strike rate with Tarry than Hewitson/Tarry. Despite Hewitson getting the better mounts.

  32. ILOVEFRANKI says:

    Get Frankie….Race over

  33. Rajen says:

    Ryan munger or Warren Kennedy. Will continue with the stable performance.

  34. Clinton Pillay says:

    I see your article Ed
    Well done
    Have not seen 7 winners in three days in a while
    It’s great to see an underrated jock has a 39 percent win strike rate.
    Keep it up Stingray

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Clinton – jockey to follow!

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