South African Triple Tiara princess Summer Pudding delivered the showstopping performance of the afternoon at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday when she picked herself up off the canvas from a hopeless position to maintain her seven-from-seven unbeaten record with a scintillating strike in the R325 000 Gr1 Woolavington 2000.
With Warren Kennedy notching his second Gr1 victory of a great day at an admittedly deserted office, Summer Pudding sprouted wings after Bernard Fayd’herbe went for broke on the similarly unbeaten Acacia Handicap winner Lady Of Steel at the 350m.
With stablemate Heart Stwings ensuring a decent gallop, Summer Pudding appeared to be lost at her first time on the Hollywoodbets Greyville turn, with Lady Of Steel storming to what looked like victory – until Summer Pudding decided differently.
Taking off, the smashing athlete lengthened her stride and powered home to beat Driving Miss Daisy (13-1), bidding to give Eric Sands a Gr1 double, by 0,90 lengths in a time of 126,51 secs.
It was a recovery from defeat seldom witnessed at Hollywoodbets Greyville!
Lady Of Steel (43-20), who had looked a winner, tired late and finished 1,20 lengths back in third.
Sean Tarry’s Gauteng raiding pair of Victoria Paige (13-1) and Keep Smiling (80-1) were not disgraced in fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
Trainer Paul Peter said he was ‘speechless’ and had no words to describe the victory by his prized filly.
The Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein-bred winner is by champion sire Silvano (Lomitas) out of seven-time winning stakes winner Cherry On The Cake(Strike Smartly) – the latter a half sister to SA Triple Tiara winner Cherry On The Top (Tiger Ridge). They were daughters of the top-class Carolina Cherry.
Summer Pudding has now won all 7 starts for stakes (excluding her Tiara bonus) of R1 413 500.
The likely Equus Champion 3yo filly for this extraordinary season, she is unlikely to race again this term with a rest at her home base planned.