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Summer Showstopper!

Perfect seven for the daughter of Silvano

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.

Warren Kennedy steers Summer Pudding to a scintillating victory (Pic -Candiese Lenferna)

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.

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4 comments on “Summer Showstopper!

  1. Barend Vlooh says:

    Well done Wagga. Great ride buddy. Top filly. Well done to all the connections.

  2. Dev Govender says:

    Racing still has a long way to go before digging itself out of its current hole, but amidst all the doom and gloom, there’s nothing like a champion equine performance to lift our spirits and in the period since racing resumed, this fabulous filly has done it twice in the space of a few weeks.

    Thank you to the connections for bringing her down to Durban – today’s performance was a real boost for everyone who loves the sport.

    Regarding the much-anticipated duel with Lady of Steel – the latter ran her heart out and was not disgraced. If she stays on for the Garden Province, will be a big runner there and I’d be pleased to see her pick up a first Gr 1 of her own.

  3. Chippy says:

    Top performance and Never Say Die Ride

    “Lost at her first time on a right handed turn”???
    I doubt it Ed…

    1. Editor says:

      HWB Greyville maybe, Chippy

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