CTS graduate boosts career earnings to over R12-million

CTS graduate boosts career earnings to over R12-million

May 05, 2020 / 2 months ago

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Chefano, easy Gr3 winner in Hong Kong (photo: Kenneth Chan)

Chefano, originally named Varquero when he was sold by Maine Chance Farms at 2016 Cape Johannesburg Premier Yearling Sale for R300,000, won Sunday’s Gr3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup Handicap (HK$3,25-million) over 2400m at Sha-Tin and will now be aimed at the Gr1 Champions & Chater Cup.

Chefano was resolute in fighting off his rivals from the front. He set the clip and kept going strongly after being briefly headed, drawing away nicely for a 2,75-length success over Savvy Nine.

Jockey Matthew Chadwick commented: “He travelled early, got an easy time in front and he was always going to outstay them,” Chadwick said.

“I said he’d stay all day,” trainer John Moore said. “He’s by a sire, Silvano, who went over a mile and a half and he was off a light weight, so from that point of view I had no worries about getting the distance.

Moore added: “He’ll go to the Gr1 Champions & Chater Cup but that’s set-weights so it’s going to be much more difficult. I will consider the Champions & Chater Cup for my other runners,” Moore said.

Chefano, as Varquero, won or placed in four of his SA starts which included a third place to Monks Hood in the Gr 2 Dingaans.

He was born from the five-time winning Al Mufti mare Valdovino, who is also dam of Vacquero’s useful own sister Vino Veritas, a Gr2-placed filly.

Chefano boasts career earnings of HK$5,16-million (app ZAR12,4-million).