Cirillo posts resounding CTS 1200 win

Cirillo posts resounding CTS 1200 win

January 29, 2019 / 1 year ago

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Cirillo wins the CTS 1200, unextended. (Wayne Marks)

Jockey Anton Marcus has always maintained that his major objective in the sport is to capture the big races - he was true to his word on Saturday at Kenilworth.

Marcus’ first of three big-race successes came in the R5 million CTS 1200 on the favourite Cirillo. He rode this 15-10 favourite confidently to race handy near the grandstand rail, and when he pushed the button around 200m out he surged clear of outsider Elusive Trader, who had briefly looked dangerous but was outpaced late.

Cirillo won by 3.5-lengths which could have been double that if Marcus rode him out over the last 100m. Third place went to Seventh Sea ahead of Gauteng raider Palace Chapel, both soundly beaten but sharing in the excellent prize money put up by CTS.

Marcus commented: “He was the best horse in the race and I rode him like he was the best.”

Trainer Sean Tarry added: “He’s very speedy at home, and I wasn’t worried by the drop to 1200m, which would have been the only concern on paper.”

Cirillo’s owner Chris van Niekerk was understandably delighted. Not only did Van Niekerk pocket the healthy first prize of R2,5 million, but his colt is a son of Pomodoro who carried his colours to victory in the 2012 Durban July.

“This is great for the stallion’s career,” Van Niekerk said.