Dual Vodacom Durban July winning trainer Sean Tarry made it win number 2000th yesterday when he saddled Flash Burn to win the ninth race at Turffontein on Sunday evening.
Flash Burn (by Byword) was making just the second start of his career but proved too strong for his rivals when romping home a clear-cut 3.7 length winner of the Interbet.co.za 0861 150 160 Maiden Plate over 1600m.
Sean said after Sunday’s win, “I am delighted to join just a handful of trainers who have saddled 2000 winners. All credit to my team for their hard work and for delivering consistent results.”
The colt was one of two winners on the card for his trainer and for reigning champion jockey Lyle Hewitson, with the pair having earlier teamed up to win Sunday’s fifth race with G1 G-Bets Gauteng Summer Cup winner Tilbury Fort.
Tarry, a three time South African champion trainer, has won the majority of South Africa’s big races, with his back to back July wins coming with Pomodoro (2012) and Heavy Metal (2013).
Sean also caused a 50-1 shock when winning the 2005 G1 J&B Met with Alastor, while he also sent out Silvano gelding Aslan to win the G1 Gold Cup in 2011, with Aslan having also taken out the Summer Cup in 2009.
Other notable performers trained by Sean Tarry include Legal Eagle (a triple winner of the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate) and National Colour (who also finished second in Britain’s G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes)–both of whom were named Horse Of The Year, and the champions Carry On Alice, Ethereal Lady, Return Flight, French Navy and Mythical Flight.
Five time G1 winner Carry On Alice, now in foal to Australian champion sire Snitzel, ranks as one of the yard’s most popular gallopers, with the daughter of Captain Al having won 11 times and banked over R4.5 million in stakes.