Cape Thoroughbred Sales
Graduates of various CTS Sales achieved the remarkable feat of filling the first five places in the Gr1 Tsogo Sprint over 1200m, the headline attraction at the festival of sprints held at Scottsville on Saturday.
The formidable five, aged from three to seven years, shared the entire R1-million stakes pot of the glamorous contest between them and have all recovered their original purchase prices multiple-fold, testimony to the ongoing value and durability of runners sold at CTS auctions.
The race went to Sean Tarry-trained Chimichuri Run, the youngster of the bunch but with the same depth of talent of his older rivals, all of whom are proven at top level. Tarry and owner Chris van Niekerk also took second and third with seven-year Trip To Heaven and five-year-old Africa Rising respectively, while Brett Crawford’s powerhouse four-year-old Undercover Agent (4th) and last year’s winner Bold Respect filled fourth and fifth spots, the latter earning a respectable R25,000 for rounding off the Quintet.
The sixteen horse field was spread across the track with a number of hot pacers disputing matters in the front line, but things changed shape over the last 150m when half of them dropped away and the Tarry runners swept through on the grandstand side of the track, with Chimichuri Run producing the most powerful finish and winning in a race record 66,84s.
Van Niekerk commented: “I am emotional, happy for Luke Ferraris who won his first Gr1 today (Miss Florida, Allan Robertson) and for jockey Raymond Danielson, who showed us again what he can do for us in a Gr1 race. This is a sport for everyone!”
Tarry praised his respective jockeys for team work, saying: “Lyle Hewitson had to stay on Trip To Heaven as it was a team plan, I am proud of him for showing what a team player he is. Raymond is a classy rider, just needs to remind himself of it!”
The Drakenstein bred Chimichuri Run is a son of Trippi (End Sweep) out of the versatile three time winner Spiced Gold (Kahal) – who dead-heated in the Gr1 2010 SA Fillies Classic over 1800m.
Chimichuri Run cost R1,1 million on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale and took his earnings to R1 514 875 with his fourth win with 8 places from 14 starts.