Entries in Chris van Niekerk (7)

Thursday
Aug302012

ACROSS THE ICE CRACKS AUGUST STAKES FOR SEAN TARRY

Sean Tarry and Across The Ice - August Stakes

Sean Tarry and Across The Ice
(Image : Racing South Africa / Phumelela)

And Away They Go...

We were hoping for a Vuma victory this past Saturday and we more than got it, with Sean Tarry once again winning the Grade 3 August Stakes, this time with Across The Ice.

The Western Winter gelding ran out an easy winner, 5.25 lengths clear of the second placed horse, Captain's Secret.

Having won both the August Stakes and then the Emerald Cup last year with The Mouseketeer, the Vuma team is certainly hoping that the yard can do it again!

With Vuma power behind them, we have little doubt that they have every chance.

Congratulations to the Tarry yard and owners Chris van Niekerk and Markus Jooste.

Let's not forget that the Burghley Horse Trials get underway today, Thursday the 30th of August, and we will be holding thumbs for Paul Hart and Harry as they compete over the weekend!

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Thursday
Aug022012

CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON SA HORSERACING SEASON 2011-2012

Happy Archer, Anton Marcus and Sean Tarry

Happy Archer - Gold Bracelet (Gr2) - Jockey Anton Marcus and Trainer Sean Tarry
(Photo : Gold Circle)

"And that's a wrap as they say in the movies!"

As the curtain comes down on the 2011/2012 South African Horseracing Season, it has certainly been an exciting finish and right down to the wire for the Jockeys' Championship.

Congratulations to Anton Marcus whose two winners at Kenilworth Tuesday just allowed him to beat young rider Gavin Lerena by one point to secure the National Jockey's Championship for the third successive year. Gavin has been champion apprentice in the past and there is no doubt that he will be back to challenge the older, more experienced Anton Marcus in the future. He only just missed out this time and he had a setback when he was laid off for some time with a broken tibia!

Vuma-powered trainer Sean Tarry has had a phenomenal season to finish second on the Trainers log, behind champion trainer Mike de Kock. Our Congratulations to all the connections of both yards! In every instance the trainers are backed up by a superb team and it is to them that most of the credit is due!

Sean and owner Chris van Niekerk completed the season with a treble on Saturday, with The Hangman winning the Grade 1 Premiers Champion Stakes, Happy Archer winning the Grade 2 Gold Bracelet and Heavy Metal winning the Listed Darley Arabian. A great end to a super season!

The Champion Breeders title has also been hard fought again this year, with some very close moments. However, Vuma founders, Summerhill Stud, managed to pull away from nearest rivals, Klawervlei Stud, to secure their eighth consecutive National Breeders title; this is a record for any stud farm to maintain. It is surely testament to the questioning and challenging mindset at Summerhill that continually reviews their methods and explores ways of doing this differently. Having started out following "modern" farming and feeding methods, one of the turning points for Summerhill was adopting natural bio-farming on their pastures and manufacturing a superior, nutrient dense concentrate in the form of Vuma Horse Feed.

The pundits will tell you that this has resulted in a better horse for the sales ring and the stats will tell you that these horses, on average, run more often and for longer.

Vodacom Durban July runner-up, Smanjemanje, is a case in point. One of only three five-year-olds in the race, this was his 40th run for stakes of over R1.5 Million and he was only beaten half a length by the three-year-old Pomodoro.

So, if you are looking for longevity and staying power, we say start as you mean to go on - with the best!

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www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

For more information contact :
Catherine Hartley : 083 640 1155
Email: catherine@vumafeed.co.za

Saturday
Jul212012

JULY 2012 AND EVERY REASON TO CELEBRATE

Calf Roping at the Calgary Stampede

Calf Roping at the Calgary Stampede
(Photo : Catherine Hartley)

Golden Apple for Sean Tarry
to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

It's the one that we all want to win! No matter the prize, the Vodacom Durban July holds all the prestige. And when it is your first, the victory is the sweetest.

For Sean Tarry and Chris van Niekerk, the Vodacom Durban July 2012 marks a milestone in both of their training and owning careers.

Vuma is thrilled to have been part of Pomodoro's July win and our congratulations go to Sean, Chris and the team for pulling this one out of the bag!

Some of the Vuma team were sadly not on hand to witness this great show and had to listen to the race from Calgary, Canada while at the centenary of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede.

Catherine Hartley travelled to Canada as part of the South African Women's Polo Team which took part in a ladies tournament and an SA vs Canada International match thereafter.

The SA team won their international match quite convincingly against the Calgary, Canadian team 6 -1!

The Calgary tournament coincides with the Calgary Stampede and this showcase of Western riding and lifestyle is nothing if not a spectacle.

Calgary, and the influx of visitors, is dressed in Wranglers, boots, Stetsons and big buckled belts for ten full days. The whole city embraces its Western heritage and all proceeds of this amazing event go back to charity.

From early morning breakfasts to late night stampede dinners, ending with fireworks every evening, the city and stampede organizers ensure that there is never a dull moment.

The highlight of the event is the Rodeo!

Apart from bull riding, steer wrestling and calf-roping, the Calgary Stampede Rodeo showcases some of the best horses and riders in the world! From bare-back bucking horses to barrel racers, roping and cutting horses, they are all amazing athletes. The calibre and variety of horse competing in the various events is truly awe-inspiring and the dedication and professionalism with which all the horses are trained and looked after is amazing to see. This is no back-yard operation; this IS the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

The polo team also had a wonderful opportunity to ride out in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to see some of the two and three-year-old horses bred specifically for the rodeo. This was quite possibly the highlight of the trip and may convert a few polo players to cowboys/girls!

It was a truly memorable and inspiring week on both hemispheres and as they say at the Stampede: "Ya-Hoo for all our great horses!"

For more information, please visit :

www.calgarystampede.com

Monday
Jul092012

VUMA-POWERED POMODORO WINS VODACOM DURBAN JULY THRILLER

VODACOM DURBAN JULY (Grade 1)
Greyville, Turf, 2200m
7 July 2012

Trainer Sean Tarry saddled the winner of South Africa's most famous race on Saturday, when the Vuma-powered Pomodoro ran out a storming winner of the R3 million G1 Vodacom Durban July over 2200m at Greyville. It was a first win in the race for both Sean and leading owner, Chris van Niekerk.

The July victory was the cherry on the top of a magnificent season enjoyed by Sean and Chris, the latter having been one of the Tarry yard's most loyal and stalwart supporters. Saturday's victory was all the more poignant, with Pomodoro being one of three July runners for Chris. The victory was made so much sweeter by the fact, that Pomodoro was also bred by Chris.

Pomodoro also benefitted from a magnificent ride from former champion jockey, Piere "Striker" Strydom. Strydom was winning the July for the third time (he won previously on London News and Trademark), and he made full use of his experience and guile to win a race, in which many fancied contenders went missing.

Pomodoro himself is a horse who clearly thrives on a fight. Having gallantly gotten up previously to share the spoils in the G1 SA Derby with Royal Bencher, the colt showed similar reserves of courage to win South Africa's top race, when outfighting some tough older rivals.

Quickening up well when coming into the home straight, Pomodoro was headed by rank outside Smanjemanje in the final 100m, but fought back bravely to nab the eventual runner up by a short head.

In a tight finish, there was 2.75 lengths separating the first eight home - with Sean's other two July runners, Gold Onyx and Whiteline Fever, running seventh and eighth respectively.

Long well regarded by Sean, Pomodoro was found to be suffering from a shoulder problem following his run in the Daily News 2000. However, the colt thrived after the race, and was spot on coming into the July, but unfortunately drew widest of all, in barrier 20.

The second son of Jet Master to win the July, the three-year-old Pomodoro has secured himself in the lineup for Equus Honours next month. He has won four feature races this year, two of which were G1, and he was also desperately unlucky not to win a fifth - when narrowly touched off in the G1 SA Classic.

Pomodoro, now a six time winner, is also another feather in the cap of his dam Golden Apple - who was also trained by Sean!

Golden Apple, a daughter of champion broodmare sire Northern Guest, was a talented racemare, who won the G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas. She has also duplicated this success at stud, with her seven registered foals to date having included six winners and four black type performers. Golden Apple's previous high-class performers include the G2 winner Golden Chariot, winner of the Astrapak 1900. Dead-heating seems to run in the family - as not only did Pomodoro dead heat in the SA Derby, but his half-brother, Golden Chariot, shared the spoils in the G2 Astrapak 1900 of 2011. Golden Apple has surely thrown her name into the hat for Equus Broodmare of the Year!

It is remarkable to think that Pomodoro began his career last August, and less than one year on, he has captured a Derby as well as South Africa's greatest and most beloved horserace.

Vuma congratulates owner Chris van Niekerk and the entire Sean Tarry Racing Team... we love to feed your champions.

Extracts from Sean Tarry Racing

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Wednesday
Feb082012

POMODORO TOO QUICK IN TONY RUFFEL STAKES

Pomodoro wins the Tony Ruffel Stakes

Pomodoro wins the Tony Ruffel Stakes (Grade 3) for trainer Sean Tarry
(Photo : Sporting Post)

A Golden Apple makes the Day!

Trainer Sean Tarry had a golden day on Saturday when Vuma-powered Pomodoro came home first in the Grade 3 Tony Ruffel Stakes. The three-year-old Jet Master colt out of the Northern Guest mare Golden Apple, bred and part-owned with Sean, by Chris van Niekerk, has now won four out of six starts. The colt placed in both his other races, one of which was the Grade 2 Dingaans on Sansui Summer Cup day in November 2011.

Sean also trains the fourth placed Heavy Metal, also owned by Chris van Niekerk.

Earlier in the day, the Vuma-powered Summerhill bred filly Extra Zero, by Way West, ran second in the Grade 3 Three Troikas Stakes for the yard and owners Messrs Blank, Bott, Nathan and Nestadt.

Our congratulations to the Sean Tarry yard and all the connections - we love to feed your champions!

TONY RUFFEL STAKES (Grade 3)
Turffontein Inside, Turf, 1450m
4 February 2012

FINAL RESULTS

Fp Lbh Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 POMODORO 58.0 102 1 C Little Sean Tarry
2 2.25 GOVERNOR GENERAL 55.5 85 6 A Delpech Mike de Kock
3 2.30 TANDRAGEE 57.5 94 7 M Mienie Gavin van Zyl
4 3.75 HEAVY METAL 55.5 85 8 R Fradd Sean Tarry
5 4.50 BROOKS-CLUB 55.5 97 4 P Strydom Gavin van Zyl
6 5.00 ROYAL RIDGE 55.5 87 12 M Yeni Mike de Kock
7 6.25 THE DUKE 55.5 80 9 G Wrogemann Robbie Sage
8 6.75 E-JET 55.5 93 3 T Appie Sean Tarry
9 8.50 AMERICANO 55.5 86 2 R Simons Paul Matchett
10 9.75 TONY'S TIPPLE 55.5 80 5 C Maujean Louis Goosen
11 16.00 SIDESTEP 55.5 94 11 G Lerena Alec Laird
12 18.25 EUROSILVER 55.5 93 10 * N Juglall Tyrone Zackey

 

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www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

For more information contact :
Catherine Hartley : 083 640 1155
Email: catherine@vumafeed.co.za

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