Sean Tarry’s maiden Viva Pipa shattered the Gary Alexander Racing Team’s dreams of winning another Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup when she flashed home late to catch the free-striding Chijmes in the shadow of the post. It was a 1-2-3 for Summerhill who either bred or raised the first three past the post.
A mixed bunch of 16 one-time winners and maidens went to post for the 1400m race restricted to eligible graduates of the 2017 Emperor’s Palace Summer Ready To Run Sales. And with the Gr1 placed favourite Railtrip being left with a mountain to climb in the rush for home, it was the ever reliable Lyle Hewitson who capitalised.
Confidently ridden to lead at the 500m, Chijmes, the officially highest-rated male in the field, galloped powerfully as Hewitson weaved his way through on Viva Pipa.
At this stage, Railtrip under Kegan De Melo, had lengths to make and appeared to be labouring. At the 150m marker Viva Pipa and Chijmes came together and went head for head to the wire.
The filly just had that little bit extra and she held Chijmes to a head in a time of 84,63secs. Railtrip, a Gr1 2nd placed half-to Gr1 winner Hero’s Honour, arrived too late and was beaten 2,30 lengths away in third.
A R60 000 2017 Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, the Tmen Stables bred Viva Pipa, who races for Kenilworth Racing Chairman Chris van Niekerk, is a daughter of sire Visionaire (Grand Slam) out of the Jallad one-time winner, Pipatune.
She has won once and run 4 places from her 6 starts for stakes of R304 750. Congratulations to trainer Sean Tarry who has been a stalwart supporter of #kznbred horses and raced many to great success.
The BSA 2018 Ready To Run Sale starts at 14h00 on Sunday 4 November.