FAST-improving Chimichuri Run quickened beautifully to win Saturday’s Gr3 Umkhomazi Stakes over 1200m at Greyville, giving early notice that he’ll be a strong contender for three-year-old features next season.

Whether trainer Sean Tarry will go for the classics or keep him down the straight for the time being remains to be seen, as he told Turf Talk on Tuesday: “Chimichuri Run is very talented, he is bred to see out a mile, his dam won up to 1800m but he has excellent pace, we may just keep him sprinting for now.”

Tarry and owner Chris van Niekerk fancied the two-year-old on Saturday and Tarry said: “We only had to make up 1,5-lengths on the favourite (Cue The Music) on the Gold Medallion form. I wasn’t worried about that, I was more concerned about his wide draw but S’Manga Khumalo took the race by the scruff of the neck and beat the draw, well done to him.”

Tarry said that Chimichuri Run had suffered a few niggles, he hasn’t been easy to train, but that the was “getting there”. He commented. “He’ll be aimed at the Gauteng season now, we’ll bring him back in October or November”.

Raised at Drakenstein Stud, Chimichuri Run is a son of Trippi and the Kahal mare, Spiced Gold, who dead-heated for top honours in the 2010 Gr1 Fillies Classic.  He fetched R1,1-million at the 2017 Cape Premiere Yearling Sale.