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Tarry’s Sizzling Summer Hat-Trick

Thriller as popular choice Soqrat just can't get there

Powerhouse players Sean Tarry and Mike de Kock dominated the 2019 Summer Cup as anticipated, albeit in the popular wrong order, with Tarry registering a glorious hat-trick courtesy of a peach of a front-running ride by 20 year old apprentice Denis Schwarz, who was celebrating a career-first Gr1 success.

Tarry won the Cup in 2017 with Liege and last year with Tilbury Fort, and put the cherry on the top of a wonderful day at the office with his 56th Gr1 winner.

Denis Schwarz keeps a cool head as Zllzaal keeps rolling (Pic – JC Photos)

Placed in all three legs of the SA Triple Crown last season, Zillzaal (28-1)is something of a tricky customer and an enigmatic fellow at best.

After a puzzlingly poor run in the Charity Mile following a winning first start as a gelding, the often fancied galloper, who was 1,5kg under sufferance today, kept at his task to lead most of the way to finally find some of the flashes of ability that made him a talking 3yo.

Schwarz brought Zillzaal across from his 15 draw and after brief exchanges with Queen Supreme and Atyaab, he had Zilzaal relaxed in front all the way.

At the 300m Zillzaal looked beaten as he plugged away hard against the inside rail with his stablemate Al Mutawakel threatening to go on by and Queen Supreme and favourite Soqrat – the latter on the wide outside – found their best efforts.

But the young rider didn’t panic and at the 50m Zillzaal seemed to find a second breath – which allowed him to hold off the flying Soqrat by 0,40 lengths in a time of 123,96 secs.

Soqrat’s finish appears to suggest he stays the 2000m, but unfortunately Mike de Kock will have to extend his Summer drought to a decade after Flirtation was his last success in 2010.

The lightly raced and inexperienced Al Mutawakel – also for Al Adiyaat SA – ran a great race a neck back in third, with De Kock’s Irish-bred 4yo Queen Supreme back in fourth.

The top trainers also filled fifth with Cape Derby winner Atyaab banking the R50 000 cheque for that position.

Barahin was the last horse to bank a  cheque when he took the R10 000 for eighth position. The son of Gimmethegreenlight was always running on through the traffic but was 2,85 lengths short at the line.

Frank Robinson’s Roy Had Enough finished best of the visitors in sixth – and was the last qualifier for a tote place dividend.

Man of the moment – Denis Schwarz rode a cracker (Pic – JC Photos)

Winning rider Denis Schwarz said that he undertook to get his weight down when approached by Sean Tarry.

“When I saw the draw, I was a little taken back and thought about it – but realised that it was an honour to have a ride in a great race like this. To win it is absolutely fantastic,” he added.

Trainer Sean Tarry welcomed his wife Karen to the races for ‘the first time in a long time’.

“What an absolutely fantastic ride – this apprentice has ridden a top race. I knew we had to get the De Kock horses to carry their weight. And we did,” he said.

Bred and raced by Al Adiyaat SA, Zillzaal is son of champion sire Silvano (Lomitas) out of the unraced Gianty’s Causeway mare, Zulaal.

He has won 3 races with 8 places from 13 starts for stakes of R2 100 650.

Silvano also produced Sean Tarry’s first Summer Cup winner ten years ago. Aslan was a 4yo  gelding out of Cry For The Lion. He was raced by the Brooklyn Bullet Trust (Nom: A J Joseph) & L M Leisher and was bred by Glenellen Stud.


Gr1 Summer Cup (SAf-Gr1)

Turffontein, South Africa, November 30, R2 million, 2000m, turf, good, 2.03.96

1 – ZILLZAAL (SAF), 52.5, b g 4, Silvano (GER) – Zulaal (USA) by Giant’s Causeway (USA). Owner Al Adiyaat South Africa (Pty) Ltd; Breeder Al Adiyaat; trainer SG Tarry; jockey D Schwarz
2 – Soqrat (AUS), 60.0, b c 4, Epaulette (AUS) – Elzeeza (AUS) by Hussonet (USA)
3 – Al Mutawakel (SAF), 52.0, b c 4, Silvano (GER) – Alderry (SAF) by Al Mufti (USA)
Margins: 0.40, 0.20, 1.00

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13 comments on “Tarry’s Sizzling Summer Hat-Trick

  1. Steve Reid says:

    What a run by Soqrat, running 2030m cost him the race for sure. The choice of line horse is going to make a big difference to a lot of horses future careers after finishing close up in this Top Division handicap. Wouldn’t it be fun to make the obvious class of the race the line horse? Seeing that Zilzaal was under sufferance here, I feel a 137 could easily be justified for this horse could it not? We may just set set some adjusting of MR records in a single race here.

    My money is on a horse like Tilbury Fort to be chosen as the line horse to protect the ratings and continue with the fairy tales. What say you Mr. Miedema?

    1. karel says:

      … and here I thought this race was a handicap – with the first NINE horses finishing within 3 lengths.
      What did you expect?
      And how can you be so sure that the extra distance run on the bend made a difference?
      Are you an expert on this and other running wide issues?

      Difference between Zil and Soq at the weights – maybe 15?
      Do your sums.

  2. Steve Reid says:

    A poor workman blames his tools and the article clearly states 1,5kg under sufferance. Bad me not checking the facts. 15 too low in my opinion but we wasting time until the line horse is chosen. Dingaans will be a far more interesting race to gauge.

    1. karel says:

      You say 15 too low – what should it be – it simply is the calculation of weight difference and beaten lengths.
      Not an opinion, more like a fact (almost). Nothing to do with line horse.
      Have you been drinking?

    2. karel says:

      Dingaans and Ipi Tombe both true run races (if you ignore the suicidal front runner in the Ipi Tombe), whereas Summer Cup wasn’t (winner stole a march, Marcus caught napping, too far back on a horse normally very handy).

  3. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    All good then…..

  4. Rian says:

    Dennis rode a fantastic race, and Marcus was found wanting again, surely he knew that the only way to beat him was a solid pace
    You are so right Steve and hope you had a few drinks as some are very sensitive and under sufferance
    Cheers, now for Cape Town’s best

  5. Steve Reid says:

    If anyone has been drinking its you. To say racing wide would have no effect is questioning the shortest distance between two points is a straight line theory. My science teacher would be mortified.

    You also seem to be asleep on the effects the line horse choice has on MR adjustments in the handicappers workings. My sarcasm is lost on you.

    1. karel says:

      I googled ‘Sarcasm’:
      “Generally, the literal meaning is different than what the speaker intends to say through sarcasm. Sarcasm is a literary and rhetorical device that is meant to mock, often with satirical or ironic remarks, with a purpose to amuse and hurt someone, or some section of society, simultaneously.”

  6. Rian says:

    Feel for the punters who had Marcus in the PA at Hollywood Greyville
    The last race he rode a shocker and maybe stipes should ask why he stops riding and stands up short of post

  7. Willie says:

    Sean tarry the boss

  8. Michael Jacobs says:

    A very interesting observation is that both Zilzaal and Soqrat are owned by Sheik Hamdan al Maktoum, albeit the one in his international colours and the other in the local Al Aadyat colours. So it didn’t matter which one won for the owner, particularly if the 20/1 shot can blow the punters away! Just saying!

  9. Kay says:

    Anton Marcus lost the race on Soqrat with his riding. Can’t understand that when a top jock or any other jock who rides the best horse on ability is so far back. Very hard to give away 8 kg and 8-9 lengths start in the home straight. Great ride by Denis Schwarz for making use of his light weigh!

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