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Summer Star Brightens A Bleak Day

Silvano's daughter makes it nine from nine!

SA Horse Of The Year Summer Pudding despatched with the neighsayers and doubting Thomases in just over two action-packed minutes at Turffontein on Saturday.

The daughter of Silvano overcame all the odds to win the R1 million World Sports Betting Gr1 Gauteng Summer Cup and make it an outstanding nine wins in nine career starts.

Warren Kennedy salutes as Summer Pudding charges home (Pic – JC Photos)

A man who already labelled her ‘something special’, regular pilot, the Winning Form-sponsored Warren Kennedy said he had ‘newfound respect’ for the star Paul Peter galloper. Kennedy has been aboard at 7 of her 9 wins. He rode a copybook race on a brilliant filly.

On a grey afternoon in the South of Joburg, exacerbated by the absence of the crowds of sunny days past, Summer Pudding delivered a crackerjack performance in her first start in male company, from an 18 draw, lumping 59kgs – at her second run after a rest.

Following in the golden hoofprints of past 21st century fairer sex winners, Ilha Da Vitoria (2005), Flirtation (2010) and Dancewiththedevil (2011), Summer Pudding confirmed her status as one of SA racing’s modern era stars, when she moved forward halfway down the straight, and stormed clear as the 7-2 second favourite to beat another class lady in Paul Matchett’s Brave Tin Soldier mare Running Brave (33-1) by 2,50 lengths in a time of 124,07 secs.

The pair were 4,75 lengths of the first male home in Tree Tumbo ( 20-1), also first back of the Sean Tarry quintet.

St John Gray’s Dance Class (28-1) shaded Tierra Del Fuego (40-1) for fourth.

Fairview raider Zietsman Oosthuizen  will be pleased that his longhauler Atyaab (80-1) ran the race of his life for sixth and ten lengths back.

Favourite Pack Leader made no show and finished over 13 lengths downfield with Charles (6-1), Tristful (25-1) and Riverstown (50-1) finishing a distance back.

It was a terrific day for trainer Paul Peter who has done a sterling job with his champion. In the post-race interview he said it had been an emotional week.

“We lost two good friends this week, including John Tshabala who was our Head Groom. He was an inspiration and a great source of knowledge. But thanks again to the Jells and to Summer Pudding. And to Mr Ormond Ferraris for his guidance,” he added.

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).

A perfect nine from nine, she has banked R2 089 500.

The plans were recently announced to send her to Cape Town for the summer, where she will be based with Eric Sands.

The Met could be her ultimate target where she could follow in the footsteps of a recent yellow and black flagged heroine in 2016 superstar, Smart Call.

And lwhile noboyd ever remembers who ran second, let’s spare a thought for runner-up Running Brave. In any other year, she may have cracked it. A terrific effort!

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12 comments on “Summer Star Brightens A Bleak Day

  1. Zietsman Oosthuizen says:

    Super proud of Attie. Just missed the money by 1 length …in another year his 6th place would have earned him 60k. Brilliant run from our boy. Summer pudding showed she is a superstar, well done to all her connections

    1. Editor says:

      Well done Ziets – some big names behind you.
      Next year they wont price the PE raider up at 80-1!

  2. John Mynhardt says:

    Where is the comment section on the low turnovers ??? Or is it just going to be ignored again ???

    1. Editor says:

      We have opened those commments, John

  3. Donald Bradshaw says:

    What was the reason why the payouts were amended after the completion of the 7th race ? Tree Tumbo was shown as paying R5.20 a place on the Tellytrack scroll after the race and then about 5 mins. later it was changed to R4.10 ?

    What gives here one must ask ?

  4. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Congrats to all – she keeps on surprising me!

  5. Khan A S says:

    Any comments on mount phesants run in Dingaans.?? 🤔

    1. Editor says:

      Nothing yet

  6. david mollett says:

    The most astonishing fact about the Summer Cup meeting was how far fancied runners were beaten.
    Bohica: 14 lengths
    Mount Pleasant: 10 lengths
    Pack Leader: 13 lengths
    Charles: Distance (called Tailed Off in UK).
    Cornish Pomodoro: 17 lengths.
    Ecstatic Green: 6 lengths
    Add the fact that MOD appear to have deserted those dumped by Tellytrack (still being run by people who opposed MOD) and there’ll be a definite shortage of gifts under the “Molly” Xmas tree this year!

  7. hilton witz says:

    You 100 percent Mr Mollet but has any of your fellow scribes got off their backsides and called the trainers of the above mentioned horses to find out the reason for their below par runs ?In every other 1st world racing country this info would have been passed on to the public within 1 to 2 days in fact in some countries on big days the riders of every horse are asked to make a comment on their horse a few minutes after the race..This country has the worst press and television presenters it could possibly have with a few exceptions but considering that we now have budget restraints with both operators i wonder if it would be better to have no presenters at all…I rather sit at home than go to a racecourse in natal to have the speaker blaring at full blast with a certain presenter who babbles on just for the damn sake of it ..Sometimes its just better to keep your mouth shut and say nothing..

  8. Selwyn Elk says:

    The Tellytrack presenters show absolutely no improvement whatsoever, is there any personnel that school these people? Annoying habits of continuously playing with a pen and hoping for a good start to this coming weeks racing( on a Tuesday) doesn’t even begin to touch the surface of the lack of professionalism that punters have to put up with on a daily basis, surely a multi billion Rand industry can do better than this?

  9. Ralph Fell says:

    Sir, Wally Molly’s missives appear to be nothing else but to be an instigator. Is he asking for feedback because he ‘labelled ‘ any or all of these runners? I recall that recently he was aploplectic because in one of his posts a tipster brassed an odds on shot. You can’t have it both ways. Now what will establishing a reason for his list of poor performances achieve? The results are in the frame. Two aspects of racing my late Gramps lectured me on are 1. Nobody sends one an invitation to attend racing and 2. the only necessity once on the course is one must have ‘ luck. ‘ My contribution is ‘ if you can’t take the heat……’

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