Jack Milner: Three-time Champion Trainer Sean Tarry had to concede his title last season to Justin Snaith but, with a good end to the season in which his stable had to deal with some unforeseen issues, it would come as no surprise to see him regain his crown in one year’s time.
His runners still performed well enough for Tarry to finish second on the log but he lacked a really top three-year-old who could win some of those rich Classic races and bank the big money.
Based on the way his horses performed in two-year-old features last season that might not be a problem this time.
Unfortunately for the yard his potentially best three-year-old only came to had too late to win the big features and that is Lord Silverio.
Progeny of Silvano often take a while to mature and that could the case with Lord Silverio, who won his maiden at the third time of asking – on 3 May over 1400m at the Vaal. He followed that up with a fourth place over 1800m in which he flew at the start and was only 1.05 lengths off the winner at the finish.
He has since started to develop nicely and his two runs since resulted in facile wins for this grey entire. Further improvement will see him become a force in major races this season.
Lord Silverio lines up again in Race 3 at Turffontein on Thursday and, as long as he has no problems with the Inside track, will take a power of beating.
This will be the strongest opposition against whom he has run. In his last start the average merit rating of the field was 74 while in this case it is 84. He has had one race on this track and that was on debut over 1450m, but there is not much one can tell from that run as he lost ground at the start and pulled up lame.
What is impressive is that every form line, other than his last which is probably too recent, a plethora of other horses have come out and won.
S’manga Khumalo takes the ride and they will jump from barrier No 4.
The main dangers look to be Top Shot and Killua Castle. The former was well ridden last time by apprentice Dennis Schwarz, who got to the front around 400m out and then kept his mount going well when Bankable Teddy put in a late lunge for the line. Top Shot only received a 1kg penalty for that victory.
With the drop in class Top Shot will carry 8kg more and Mark Khan takes over the ride.
Killua Castle recently turned nine but Geoff Woodruff’s charge still appears to enjoy his racing. He has a good record over the course and distance with two wins and three places in six starts. Chase Maujean rides.