The old big race firm of Sean Tarry and jockey S’manga Khumalo got their 2018 Highveld Spring Season off to the best possible start when the promising 3yo Chimichuri Run disposed of a mixed older group with a scintillating run to win the R250 000 Gr3 Spring Spree Stakes.
The Gr3 Umkhomazi Stakes winner, Chimichuri Run was placed at Gr1 level in only four starts as a 2yo, and faced a test of character. But he came through it with flying colours and the R1,1 million chestnut son of Trippi looks to have a classic season ahead of him.
Relaxed near the rear as the super-quick mare Wrecking Ball and the Gokhan Terzi gelding Tar Heel went fast early, Chimichuri Run unwound down the inside from the 400m under S’manga Khumalo, and simply ran away from his hapless opposition as he stormed clear to beat Premier Show by 4,25 lengths in a time of 71,37 secs.
Mike de Kock’s nicely bred 4yo Mujallad jumped from a wide draw after a 13 week break but stayed on best of the balance a further quarter length back, with Angel’s Power in fourth.
Formerly raced in a partnership of Mayfair Speculators and Chris van Niekerk, and now by the latter alone, the Dakenstein bred Chimichuri Run is a son of Trippi (End Sweep) out of the versatile three time winner Spiced Gold (Kahal) – who won up to 1800m.
Chimichuri Run cost R1,1 million on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale and took his earnings to R598 875 with his third win with 3 places from 6 starts.
Gr3 Spring Spree Stakes (SAf-Gr3)
Turffontein, South Africa, September 8, R250k, 1200m, turf, good, 1.11.37
1 – CHIMICHURI RUN (SAF), 56.0, ch c 3, Trippi (USA) – Spiced Gold (SAF) by Kahal (GB). Owner Mr C J H Van Niekerk; Breeder Drakenstein Stud; trainer SG Tarry; jockey S Khumalo
2 – Premier Show (SAF), 55.0, b g 4, Mogok (USA) – Picture Show (SAF) by Sapieha (IRE)
3 – Mujallad (AUS), 59.0, gr g 4, Redoute’s Choice (AUS) – Raid (NZ) by Pins (AUS)
Margins: 4.25, 0.25, 0.50