Summer Pudding Too Good In Woolavington 2000 Win

Unbeaten filly Summer Pudding all but sewed up an Equus Award win with a courageous and stirring win in Sunday’s G1 Woolavington 2000 run over 2000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville.

Sent off a 29-20 favourite, the unbeaten filly, and recent Triple Tiara, was all the rage for Sunday’s R325 000 contest for 3yo fillies, but the Paul Peter trained filly certainly did not have things all her own way in the Woolavington 2000.

Reunited with regular rider Warren Kennedy, the unbeaten Summer Pudding looked in trouble 300m from home, but she rose to the occasion under a strong ride from Kennedy.

Tackling 13-1 shot Driving Miss Daisy (who was bidding to give trainer Eric Sands a memorable G1 double following Sands’ Gold Challenge triumph) close home, Summer Pudding got up in the shadow of the post to win going away by just under a length.

The hapless Driving Miss Daisy picked up her third runner up finish in G1 company back in second, with the previously unbeaten G3 Racing It’s A Rush Acacia Handicap heroine Lady Of Steel (43-20) just over two lengths off Summer Pudding in third spot.

Now unbeaten in seven starts, Summer Pudding won her Hollywoodbets Greyvville “debut” in a time of 126.51.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein (whose graduates have carried all before them this weekend), the Mauritzfontein owned Summer Pudding took her earnings to R1 413 500 with Sunday’s win (her fifth graded triumph in a row).

One of four graded stakes winners for South Africa’s reigning champion sire Silvano this weekend, Summer Pudding is out of G3 Jacaranda Handicap winner Cherry On The Cake, a Strike Smartly half-sister to champion and Triple Tiara winner Cherry On The Top.

Ironically, the Triple Tiara winning Summer Pudding managed to pull off something her “aunt” and fellow Cherry On The Top failed to achieve, with Cherry On The Top finishing fourth in the 2013 Woolavington.

Images: Candiese Lenferna Photography