The old big day firm of Sean Tarry and S’manga Khumalo struck early on Super Saturday with the Trippi colt Chimichuri Run running out a facile winner of the R300 000 Gr3 Umkhomazi Stakes.
The red hot favourite Cue The Music was carried out at the start by Gauteng visitor Ganesh Talai and after that the son of Oratorio was never going like a winner.
His absence allowed S’manga Khumalo to take charge and he tracked the pacy Charlie-Fox on the Gold Medallion third-placer Chimichuri Run.
In the straight, the smart chestnut Chimichuri Run was all over the place but he never looked like being caught and he ran right away from the opposition under a confident ride by the former SA Champion jockey to win by 4,75 lengths (it could have been double that margin had he run straight) in a time of 71,02 secs.
After running fifth in the KZN Yearling Sale Million, Desolate Road stayed on best of the rest for second, 2,25 lengths ahead of Gauteng raider Ganesh Talai.
The fourth placed Mr Bombastic was eight lengths off the winner.
The 9-10 favourite Cue The Music ran 9,25 lengths behind – this was not his form. Whether that early bump knocked his confidence, or something else went wrong, we don’t know yet and will monitor the Stipes Report.
Racing in a partnership of Mayfair Speculators and Chris van Niekerk, the Dakenstein bred Chimichuri Run is a son of Trippi (End Sweep) out of the versatile three time winner Spiced Gold (Kahal).
He cost R1,1 million on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale and took his earnings to R438 625 at his second win with 3 places from 5 starts.
Chimichuri Run was placed in the SA Nursery and the Gold Medallion and looks a very talented 3yo for next season.
Gr3 Umkhomazi Stakes (SAf-Gr3)
Greyville, South Africa, July 28, R300k, 1200m, turf, good, 1.11.02
1 – CHIMICHURI RUN (SAF), 60.0, ch c 2, Trippi (USA) – Spiced Gold (SAF) by Kahal (GB). Owner Mayfair Speculators (Pty) Ltd & Mr C J H van Niekerk; Breeder Drakenstein Stud; trainer SG Tarry; jockey S Khumalo
2 – Desolate Road (SAF), 60.0, ch c 2, Pathfork (USA) – Dark Journey (SAF) by Black Minnaloushe (USA)
3 – Ganesh Talai (SAF), 60.0, b g 2, Philanthropist (USA) – Indian Torrent (USA) by Gulch (USA)
Margins: 4.75, 2.25, 1.00