SUMMER PUDDING IS BACK!

South Africa’s reigning Horse Of The Year Summer Pudding put an unplaced run behind when she scored a scintillating win in Saturday’s G2 Colorado King Stakes at Turffontein.

A standout on her record and rating in the six horse field Colorado King field, Summer Pudding duly lived up to her short starting price of 5-10 with a fluent win.

Slow into stride, Summer Pudding lost ground at the start, as stablemate, and longshot, Portico (55-1) set out to make a brisk pace.

The favourite, given a relaxed ride by regular pilot Warren Kennedy, raced at the back of the field, and turning for home was still well off the pace.

However, when Kennedy asked the question, the Mauritzfontein bred and owned champion glided into the lead, and Summer Pudding bounded clear to win by a dominant three and a half lengths, despite being eased down at the wire.

Divine Odyssey (30-1), who had won the Colorado King Stakes of 2019, finished a respectable, if well held second, with Summer Pudding’s stablemate Heart Stwings (25-1) claiming some black type by taking third spot –three and three quarter lengths off her champion stable companion.

Summer Pudding, who had returned coughing after finishing seventh in the G1 Cartier Paddock Stakes, claimed her tenth win from 11 starts in a winning time of 124.36 seconds.

One of 99 stakes winners for Maine Chance Farms’ now pensioned stallion Silvano, Summer Pudding reeled off nine wins from her first nine starts, with her winning streak headed by a clean sweep of last season’s Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara and G1 Woolavington 2000, and this season’s G1 World Sports Betting Gauteng Summer Cup.

Summer Pudding, who has the pedigree to match her impressive formline, is out of G3 Jacaranda Handicap queen Cherry On The Cake, with the latter a half-sister to Triple