Heaps Of Fun, Sean Tarry’s sole representative in a 17-horse field for the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas at Turffontein on Saturday, was remarkably easy to back at 20-1. She made a mockery of that price by showing great heart and determination under stable rider S’Manga Khumalo to win in eye-catching style.
Heaps Of Fun headed the Grade 2, R500,000 affair almost from the start and kept rolling, clearly relishing her task. Hot favourite Negroamaro, from the Johan Janse van Vuuren stable, put in a spirited challenge but simply couldn’t get to the flying filly up front.
Owner Nchakha Moloi’s daughter of Visionaire had won two of seven starts prior to this, trailing in second to Negroamaro three months ago. But, at three-years-old, horses can improve dramatically quite quickly – and that appears to be the case here. Nchakha Moloi is currently in Melbourne at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale with Heaps Of Fun's breeder, Summerhill Stud Ready To Run Manager Tarryn Liebenberg.
After this stunning victory, the first leg of the Triple Tiara, the question on everyone’s lips now is: "Can Heaps Of Fun go on and challenge for the Triple Tiara R1-million bonus cheque, with wins in the next two legs – the Fillies Classic and the SA Oaks – over the next two months?"
Sean Tarry commented after the race that Heaps Of Fun had had excuses for her last, unpromising run – including getting her tongue over the bit. Her penultimate outing, in a sprint, had been “too good to ignore” and, with a tongue-tie on this time, the yard clearly had far higher expectations than most punters.
S'Manga Khumalo said his instructions had been to race with judgment from where he found himself from the No 6 gate. “I wanted to be close up, and I got the chance to make our own pace. And she had a little bit more at the end.”
Extract from Tab News