Entries in Piere Strydom (2)

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.

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Wednesday
Dec152010

JJ THRILLS IN HK... WE GOT DRENCHED IN BUENOS AIRES

jj the jet plane winning the cathay pacific hong kong sprint winning connections of jj the jet plane hong kong sprint trophy presentation

JJ The Jet Plane
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (Gr1)

Of JJ The Jet Plane, Ellerstina and La Dolfina

The Saturday final of the 117th Argentine Open Championship duly got underway, after the opening ceremony, in a light drizzle. Within 3.25 minutes, and a score of 2 - 1 to Ellerstina, the heavens opened, the match was postponed and we proceeded to get drenched getting off the stands!

Thus it was a sad group that headed for the Ezeiza airport on Sunday afternoon with the game set to continue under sunnier skies at 4.30pm, while we waited for our flight.

The sun was shining on some South Africans though, as across the globe JJ the Jet Plane had just lit up the Sha Tin track in Hong Kong by getting up, under a superb ride from Piere Strydom, to win the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint from Rocket Man. What a truly remarkable feat for our home grown, home trained and home ridden sprint champion! From the Vuma team, we salute Lucky, the whole Houdalakis team and all the connections for their unwavering belief in JJ, a true South African hero!

To make it an even bigger South African feat, Rocket Man is trained by Patrick Shaw and was ridden by Felix Coetzee.

Back in Buenos Aires; having watched most of the game on ESPN, we got the final score as the doors closed on the SAA flight. The young guns, Ellerstina, had just beaten La Dolfina 14-13 in a nail biting match, which sealed the Triple Crown for them and is a fitting end to their season.

Both teams are splitting up next year, with Juan Martin Nero (MVP for 2010) and Pablo Macdonough joining Adolfo Cambiaso and David Sterling for the 2011 season. That should surely make them a team to be reckoned with and the changes will certainly make for exciting polo.

Regardless of the weather, all in all it was an exciting weekend and JJ has made the sun shine brightly on South Africa!

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