Jack Milner: Gelded Zillzaal a real force in the upcoming Gauteng Summer Cup.
Zillzaal demonstrated he will be a force in the R2-million Gauteng Summer Cup over 2000m on Saturday 30 November when he scored a scintillating win over stable companion Russian Beat in a Graduation Plate over 1600m on the Inside track at Turffontein yesterday.
Ridden by Piere Strydom, the four-year-old son of Silvano jumped to the front from the off and was never headed. In fact. In the closing stages he raced away from most of the opposition to win by 2.75 lengths. The only runner who was making some sort of charge was Russian Beat who came from quite a long way back to do what jockey Raymond Danielson called “low flying”, to claim second spot.
However, by the time he got going, the bird had flown. Third place, one length further back, was Battle Of Alesia with 5-4 favourite Approach Control, a disappointing fourth, beaten four lengths.
Zillzaal drifted in the betting from a call of 15-20 to go off at 16-10.
The second log for the Summer Cup was released yesterday and Sean Tarry’s charge is currently in 12th spot, and with this win, could climb a little. However, this was a Plate race and he was the best handicapped runner by at least 6kg, so his merit rating is unlikely to be affected. It was pleasing to see he was very well behaved so his gelding looks like it has had the necessary affect.
“From here we will give him one more run, probably the Victory Moon, and then into the Summer Cup,” said Tarry.
What is more concerning for Tarry is how the handicappers will view the run of Al Mutawakel in Race 4. The yet unbeaten three-time winner came back from a rest to contest this MR 96 Handicap over 1600m. He went off favourite at 8-10 but took a while to get going on a fast track and finished fourth behind Seattle Force, although only beaten 1.80 lengths.
This full brother to Al Sahem is being aimed at the Emperors Palace Charity Mile and Tarry is anxious that his charge could be eliminated from that Grade 2 race because of this run. “I think it would be a great pity if that happened because I honestly believe he will go very close in the Charity Mile,” said Tarry.
It still proved a good day for Tarry who came away with four wins and two seconds on the day.
Approach Control lies in 20th place on the log and trainer Candice Dawson will need her charge to pull something out of the bag if he is to get a run in the R2-million race.