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Tristful, A R250 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 graduate bred by Gary Player, looks like a horse that could get veteran owner Mary Liley’s silks back into major-race prominence.

Trainer Tony Rivalland has recently expressed this wish for his long-time patron and he was delighted to see her lightly-raced Tristful race away from his rivals in Sunday’s Gr3 Byerley Turk at Greyville.

This was the first time in seven years that the Byerley Turk was won by a runner stabled by a Kwazulu-Natal trainer and while Rivalland knows he has an exciting prospect on his hands, he admitted that, “the pressure was on” and that the going will get tougher from now on.

Still, he has a prospect here that seems to have what it takes.

Sean Veale rode a faultless race as he tracked a slow early pace set by Solid Gold, but when he asked for an effort, Tristful responded with a smart turn of foot. “You haven’t seen the best of him yet,” said Veale. “Wait until he goes 2000m, that’s his game.”

Rivalland added: “Tristful is a beautiful specimen and we haven’t rushed him. He is only coming into his own now. He’s learning to race but he’s got enough gate speed so he can put himself in the right place,” Rivalland said.

Tristful will probably go the traditional route for three-year-old males, the KZN  Guineas, Daily News 2000, and all going well, a possible tilt at the Vodacom Durban July.

Tristful, by Trippi from Hear The Rain (Jet Master) has won 3 races with 1 place from 5 starts for stakes of R312 800.