SEAN Tarry has saddled the winners of three of the six R2.5-million Ready To Run Stakes over 1400m run thus far – and never has he been more confident of winning it than with Cirillo, who bust his 18-draw authoritatively by racing around his rivals and controlling the contest to win by 2.75-lengths at Kenilworth on Saturday.
“Cirillo is simply a good horse and on his form he had the best chance in the race. We expected him to win it and now we’ll have a crack at the Cape Guineas,” Tarry said about Cirillo, whose participation will add even more spunk to a race already laden with class.
There is a chance that Saturday’s Concorde Stakes (old Selangor Cup) runner-up Chimichuri Run will be joining his stablemate, alongside the unbeaten One World and Hawwaam, to load the race with even more talent.
Chimichuri Run ran his heart out and kept One World off the bit over the last 250m, proving that he stays 1600m.
Tarry reflected: “Yes, Chimichuri Run fully stays the mile on the old course, but there may still be a little doubt on the new course with its longer straight. But he’s proved himself to be a quality horse. The Guineas aside, we have good options for the CTS Mile and the CTS Sprint on Sun Met Day. One or the other, Cirillo and Chimichuri Run, will run, in one or the other race. Where we’ll place them will depend on draws and what transpires in the Guineas.”
The stable’s star filly Return Flight finished fourth in the Gr3 Fillies Mile at Turffontein, beaten 2.25-lengths by Ghaalla.
Tarry assessed: “We thought we had Return Flight close to 90% fit, perhaps she needed it just a little more. Besides that, she was aggravated by one of her rivals for the first 200m, that didn’t help. Also, I suspect she is in need of more ground and this is something that leaves us with a bit a dilemma.
“If we stick to our original plan and leave her in Gauteng for the Triple Tiara she’ll go into the Fillies Guineas, which may now be too short. And if we do so we’ll miss a big race like the Paddock Stakes (1800m) which possibly may suit her better. We have a few decisions to make.”
Cirillo and Return Flight (Pomodoro) and Chimichuri Run (Trippi) are all owned by Chris Van Niekerk, whose unrelenting support of the industry continues despite a few setbacks. His Rainbow Beach Trading was the biggest buyer at Friday’s CTS Ready To Run Sale.