Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
4 minute read
3 Dec 2019
5:35 pm

Up and down on the racing roller-coaster

Mike Moon

Horse racing is a wild ride for the emotions – elation at winning is very quickly replaced by the sinking feeling of losing. The Gauteng Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein on Saturday was no different.

Jockey Denis Schwarz celebrates after riding Zillzaal to a win in the Gauteng Chris Gerber Summer Cup at the Turffontein Racecourse last November. Zillzaal is trained by Sean Tarry. Picture: Michel Bega

The powerful Mike de Kock stable seemed to have a firm grip on the big-race trophy, with the top four runners in the betting. But the silverware was snatched away by rival Sean Tarry’s team and their 28-1 outsider Zillzaal. A few racegoers were ecstatic to have backed a long-odds winner, but rather more were disappointed – for a few minutes, at least, until the next race came around and they recouped losses (maybe). Aficionados of the game raised their admiration of trainer Tarry, who played an apparently mediocre hand to devastating effect in Joburg’s most prestigious race. It’s never...