Chimichuri Run is an exciting classic prospect

Chimichuri Run is an exciting classic prospect

September 10, 2018 / 14 days ago

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Chimichuri Run (S'Manga Khumalo), easy Gr3 winner

Chimichuri Run (1-1 favourite) announced himself as the new season’s first exciting classic prospect. The R1,1-million Cape Premier Yearling Sale purchase posted a riveting win against older runners in the Gr3 Spring Spree Stakes over 1200m at Turffontein on Saturday.

With a few speed merchants up front and competing for the clip, Chimichuri Run’s supporters would have felt a measure of early concern as S’Manga Khumalo allowed his mount to drop as much six, seven lengths off the call.

While he allowed his rivals to stride away, Chimichuri Run never looked like he was chasing. When they turned for home he made up his deficit in the effortless fashion of a top horse. Coming to the 400m mark he was all over them. Moments later, the race was as good as over. He won by 4.25 from Premier Show and Mujallad.

That the Drakenstein-bred was a mid-October foal and in reality will only turn three years of age a month from now means that this graded win was akin to a toddler beating teenagers in a 50m dash.

From what we’ve seen from his racetrack behaviour, Chimichuri Run is already a professional. He settles and quickens like an experienced runner and wins stylishly, unextended.  With heaps of talent added to his sensibility, he has all the makings of a Gr1 Cape Guineas prospect and Tarry confirmed that the stable had earmarked a Cape campaign for him.

Tarry said: “His next run will be the Joburg Spring Challenge (Gr2, 1450m, inside track, 6 October). He has such an amount of speed we’d like to see how he goes there. There is the Dingaans to consider and the Cape Guineas, but the aim will be the CTS R5-million races on 2019 Sun Met Day at Kenilworth, the mile or the sprint.

Tarry had felt some pressure going into the race and said: “We brought him up from Durban last week ahead of the race but then it got delayed for a week. I didn’t know whether I should scratch him or not. It’s been a while but I really felt the pressure and am obviously relieved that he won,” said Tarry.

That said, the win came as no surprise as Tarry suggested in a Turf Talk interview last week that Chimichuri Run’s rating of 108 was probably a correct assessment and that he wasn’t worried about the older runners in the race.

Chimichuri Run is by Trippi from Spiced Gold, by Kahal, who dead-heated with Alderry to win the 2010 Gr1 SA Fillies Classic. There is no way of determining how much more improvement there is to come from Chris van Niekerk’s runner, but it must be considerable. He’s a scary prospect!

-From Turf Talk.