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Chimichuri Run Shines At Turffontein

Top-class sprinter Chimichuri Run showed his class when outclassing a smart field to land a pinnacle plate on the Turffontein Standside on Saturday afternoon.
In the process, the strapping entire provided his trainer Sean Tarry with a second winner on the card, with Tarry having also sent out two-year-old filly Social Image to win earlier on the card.

Winner of the 2019 G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint, Chimichuri Run was a strong fancy to win Saturday’s fifth race, the Classic Day 6 March Pinnacle Stakes (1160m) and the chestnut was dispatched tote favourite.

Fire And Ice (9-1) was slow away, losing lengths at the start, but the favourite, and eventual winner, was given a positive ride by Gavin Lerena.

Lerena kept Chimichuri Run just off the front running Battleoftrafalgar, and when asked to quicken up, Chimichuri Run kicked on nicely before bounding away to score by half a length -despite lugging in close to home.

Lightly weighted Double O’ Eight, who was receiving 13.5 kgs from the winner, finished second, with 22-1 shot Old Man Tyme half a length further back in third.

It was a very smart performance by the five-year-old Chimichuri Run, who was lugging 62kgs on his back on Saturday.

Bred by Drakenstein Stud, Chimichuri Run claimed his seventh win, from 30 starts, in a time of 67.12 seconds.

One of 80 stakes winners for Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Trippi (South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2015-2016), Chimichuri Run was a R1 100 000 buy from the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

The entire looks an enticing future stud prospect, with Chimichuri Run a son of the Kahal sired Spiced Gold -who dead-heated for first place in the 2017 G1 SA Fillies Classic.

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