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What A Cherry!

First Gr1 winner for Paul Peter

A sensational victory in Saturday’s R1 million Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic by unbeaten 2020 SA Triple Tiara princess-in-waiting Summer Pudding lifted the spirits of South African horseracing at Turffontein on Classic Day as the daughter of Silvano set up a lifechanger at the same venue on 4 April, and give her trainer Paul Peter a long overdue first Gr1 success.

The former paint retailer turned top racehorse trainer saddled his first winner at Hollywoodbets Greyville in July 2010 and almost a decade on, he needs to keep pinching himself as he finds himself associating with great horses and the big guns of the game, as he stands on the brink of racing history.

Warren Kennedy crouches low as Summer Pudding streaks to victory (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

There are so many great angles on the equine and human participants in a fairytale that looks all set for a glorious conclusion in the first week of April.

And it all hinges around an impeccably-related Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein-bred 3yo called Summer Pudding, who has won the first two legs of the SA Triple Tiara in a fashion that has branded her ‘the peoples’ horse’ in double quick time.

On Saturday, going the 1800m for the first time and competing in her maiden Gr1, she pulled herself to the front at the 400m marker. It looked like she hit the front too early and the challengers were still there, but Summer Pudding (13-10) carried too many guns and she powered clear to hold Marygold (11-1) to win by a length in a time of 111,38 secs.

Pacesetter Magic School (28-1) stayed on well for third a further length  back.

Gauteng Guineas runner-up Rio’s Winter made an early move but faded out to hold on to fourth and 4,50 lengths off the winner.

Winning Form-sponsored Warren Kennedy, who spent the week in bed with a bout of flu, continued his dream season.

“She ran up to them with a double handful. She couldn’t wait to go. It’s going to be very difficult to beat her in the final leg, “ he said, as he thanked the owners and the Peter team.

Warren Kennedy salutes as Summer Pudding holds S’manga Khumalo and Marygold (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Wilgerbosdrift’s Mary Slack was on course to lead the star in,

“Summer Pudding is from one of the best families. She looks so much like Cherry On The Top. Well done to the Paul Peter team and Warren Kennedy. And I’m so thrilled a Flower Alley ran second,” she added.

The 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 five from five and took her earnings to R1 120 375.

The final leg of the Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara is the R750 000 Wilgerbosdrift Gr2 SA Oaks to be run over 2450m on the Turffontein Standside on Saturday 4 April.

A bonus of R1 million will be paid to the owners of the filly that wins all three legs of the Triple Tiara. But that hardly matters.

Who is going to stop this express train?


Gr1 SA Fillies Classic (SAf-Gr1)

Turffontein, South Africa, March 7, R1 million, 1800m, turf, good, 1.51.38

1 – SUMMER PUDDING (SAF), 60.0, b f 3, Silvano (GER) – Cherry On The Cake (SAF) by Strike Smartly (CAN). Owner Mauritzfontein (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mrs J B Jell); Breeder Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein; trainer PA Peter; jockey W Kennedy
2 – Marygold (SAF), 60.0, b f 3, Flower Alley (USA) – Glenrossal (SAF) by Anytime (IRE)
3 – Magic School (SAF), 60.0, ch f 3, Philanthropist (USA) – Magic Approach (SAF) by Right Approach (GB)
Margins: 1.00, 1.00, 2.50

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9 comments on “What A Cherry!

  1. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…If any trainer deserved a Group 1 it’s got to be Paul Peter,, well done to you and your whole team,, what a fantastic day it turned out for Team Peter…The lovely part about Team Peter and why they deserve all the success is that hey share every possible bit of information to the public,,it’s been ages since I’ve seen punter enjoying the day and whipping the bookmakers…God Bless

  2. Mozzy says:

    Well done guys what an incredible time and season it’s worthy salutation and celebration

  3. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Many Congratulations Mr Peter / team, and off course our local Warren, a real machine lately.

    See you later, another sunny day at HWbets Greyville, on the Turf. Chance to move up The Punters Leaderboard ?

  4. Justice says:

    A great horse is Summer Pudding, congrats to the stable, owners and to Warren !

  5. Alansa says:

    Nothing is going to stop this superstar. Triple tiara is in the bag she’s got a heart full of gold I salute you my beauty the name is Summer Pudding.

  6. Prasheen harrimohan says:

    Guess what hollywoodbets not only ul are always having a purple patch the punters are to now

  7. Gman says:

    yes have to agree I am sure the bookies took a slight knock over the weekend.Watch out this week for the long shots to win lick odds on favs.Starting with Flamingo today.

  8. Seattle Slew says:

    The physical resemblance to Cherry On The Top is remarkable. Well done to Summer Pudding and the entire team and fingers crossed that she can complete the treble a few weeks from now.

    The placed horses were not disgraced, just outgunned by a superior rival. Special shout-out to Magic School for keeping going really bravely after her early exertions and having to beat the draw – definitely got a soft spot for her after watching that performance.


    I concur, SS.

    Reminds me of a filly/mare called Rootin Tootin. If I not mistaken, she got into a slug match, on soft going @ Turffontein many years ago.

    She put it all out there that day and won, I think it was over 2000 or 2000m+.

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