Cirillo is a CTS success story!

Cirillo is a CTS success story!

March 10, 2020 / 4 months ago

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Cirillo (Luke Ferraris) wins the Gr2 Hawaii Stakes (Candiese Lenferna)

Sean Tarry will be aiming Cirillo at the Gr1 Horse Chestnut Stakes over 1600m following his fluent win in Saturday’s Gr2 Hawaii Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein.

Cirillo has proved himself to be in the top echelon of South African gallopers with a number of Gr1 places and a massive R5-million in earnings prior to the Hawaii Stakes. This was a well-deserved first stakes win for a horse that had often gone so close to winning a big race.

Top apprentice Luke Ferraris took Cirillo (5-1) to the front to take command from the off, and fully 450m out it was clear that he’d be hard to peg back.

Cirillo kept galloping strongly and ran out a 3.50 winner from his stablemate and 3-1 favourite Tierra Del Fuego, with Matador Man completing a Tarry trifecta by getting up for third.  

“He’s had a couple of niggles but he was in superb condition today. Well done to Mr Tarry and the team,” said Ferraris.

Tarry said that his team had “hit a couple snags” in his preparation for the Hawaii and commented: “He ran two shockers and we had to go back to the drawing board. But he’s a horse that has punched with the best of them and it’s a joke that this is his first feature win. I am very pleased he has bounced back. He is a success story.”

A R300 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale purchase, Cirillo has won 5 races with 12 places from 22 starts, with career earnings now at R5,176,350.  Bred by Riverton Stud, he is by Pomodoro (Jet Master) out of Miss Wordsmith, by Lake Coniston. He races for Chris van Niekerk.