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A Classic Can Opener

First graded stakes success for Captain Of All

Sean Tarry is a master on the big days but he delivered something of a curved ball for punters in the R500 000 Gr2 Dingaans when the lesser fancied of his duo stormed home at any price.

We didn’t learn from the King Of Gems curved ball in last week’s Gr2 Concorde Cup at Kenilworth!

Unfancied at 50-1, the 95 rated Shango looked to have plenty to do to beat his Gr1 winning 114 rated stablemate Eden Roc.

Gavin Lerena causes the upset on Shango (Pic – JC Photos)

But after things went Shango’s way and Eden Roc proved a touch enthusiastic in the running, the record Pick 6 bomb dropped as Gavin Lerena claimed his second Gr2 success on a day that looked less than promising when the sun rose on Saturday.

Shango finished full of running under the former SA Champion to storm through his field late and win going away by 2,75 lengths in a time of 96,57 secs.

Mike de Kock’s Frosted Gold was given every chance by Craig Zackey and ran on steadily without being a match for the Tarry galloper.

The smart and gutsy Corne Spies-trained filly Cockney Pride ran a great race a length further back in third.

Disappointments beyond Eden Roc included Astrix (7,75 lengths), Promiseofamaster (8 lengths) and the previously undefeated Marshall (14 lengths).

The Heritage Stud-bred Shango was a R425 000 CTS Ready To Run graduate and has won two races with three places from six starts for stakes of R399 625.

He is a first graded stakes winner for former SA Champion Sprinter Captain Of All, a son of the legendary Captain Al.

A triple Gr1 winner, Captain Of All was crowned South Africa’s Champion First Crop Sire for 2018-2019,

Shango is out of the four-time winning Jet Master mare, Scorched. Sean Tarry has enjoyed plenty of success with the family.

The top trainer appeared surprised and apologetic when he explained that he had genuinely expected Eden Roc to beat Shango.

As Geoff Woodruff quipped in an interview with the Sporting Post this week.- ‘we wouldn’t run races if we knew the results…’


Gr2 Dingaans (SAf-Gr2)

Turffontein, South Africa, November 30, R500k, 1600m, turf, good, 1.36.57

1 – SHANGO (SAF), 60.0, b c 3, Captain Of All (SAF) – Scorched (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF). Owner Messrs C J H van Niekerk & B G Gardner; Breeder Heritage Stud; trainer SG Tarry; jockey G Lerena
2 – Frosted Gold (NZ), 60.0, gr g 3, All Too Hard (AUS) – Mary D’or (FR) by Verglas (IRE)
3 – Cockney Pride (SAF), 57.5, b f 3, Querari (GER) – Lovely Jubbly (SAF) by Rakeen (USA)
Margins: 2.75, 1.00, 1.00

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4 comments on “A Classic Can Opener

  1. Leo Murfin says:

    Talking about the poor punters being thrown so many curved balls lately, will someone please ask Andrew Bon why after his interview with Sean Tarry he must have “edited out” his comments about Zillzaal’s chances in the big race ? Because Andrew clearly mentions in his Bonski Clan YouTube channel that the two of them had finished discussing ALL Sean’s horses in the race ? Just wondering !
    There are also so many complaints lately that punters aren’t thowing more of their hard earned money into the horse racing pools. Solve a large chunk of the problem by just bringing back the rule allowing coupled horses to count in the Jack Pot and Pick Six’s ! There would have been more winners in the Jack Pot and Pick Six for us “kippies” instead of just the people with the contacts ! Taking just the big race on Saturday it would have meant multiplying the other five legs by 2 instead of 8 ? Brought about by not being able to trust anyone anymore, even the Merit Ratings ? And not just being so “suur” because I could not share in the gigantic pools on Saturday but I played this game for years now ! Since Humdinger won the Gold Cup in 1972 (?) and as do so many of us old punters are just getting “gatvol” How many of the new potential “suckers” that went to Turffontein on Saturday does anyone think will ever want to go near a racecourse again ?????

  2. Graham Hurlstone - Jones says:

    They just dont get it….The bottom will fall out. All the panel discussions in the world, all the trainers, all the relevant jockeys in the world means nothing when its comes to this form. …….I dare anyone after recent results to tell me that racing is ok on a Monday, a Wednesday or even a feature day….All the punters money scooped up over the last few weeks to go into the SUPER UBER FEATURE SPECTACULAR DAYS where Phumelela got huge accolades from the same little usual suspect crowd showering them with praise ( because its for them, not the punter )……they even named the day after one of them and one or two winners which will be connections no doubt……..They just don’t see it…..Top to bottom…..nothing “trickles down”…….The bottom will fall out while the “elites” are blinded by their spectacular “games” ….They just dont get it….They are strip mining the punter and they know it……There is no more trust and that is game over….

  3. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    Leo Murfin…The very reason they took the couplings away was to take on the lottery, it had nothing to do with enhancing the “punter” in any way, in fact the opposite, It seems it is an imperative the punter does not win anything. Now they have a new source of revenue with almost every other meeting carrying over ( and most exotics )….You have to understand this is not about the punter, it’s about creating an illusion of “success and all is fine in the world “on the spectacular Uber feature days ( Nero has been used many times to describe where we are ) 4 tickets won yesterday ??!! how many do you think were connections ? and how many punters ? ( how else do you find that form ?…you dont ) All that money skimmed away from the punter over the last few weeks. They don’t want to use their own money ( think ANC ) when they can just strip mine the punter. The bottom will fall out.

  4. Kay says:

    Yet another big winner from the great Jet Master line, being the broodmare sire of Shango in this Gr2 race. On this same day Jet Master was also broodmare sire of Ronnie’s Candy in the Gr2 Ipi Tompi Challenge!

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