CHIMICHURI Run was named after a hot sauce used on beef steak in Argentina. He’s a hot young horse too, and the likely favourite for Saturday’s Gr3 Spring Spree Stakes over 1200m on the inside track at Turffontein.
On his exposed form Chimichuri Run has the credentials to win. His five career runs include a grade1-placing in the Gold Medallion over 1200m and a runaway win in the Gr3 Umkhomazi Stakes over 1200m at Greyville on Super Saturday.
Trainer Sean Tarry said on Thursday: “We have a high regard for Chimichuri Run and he seems to have everything going for him in this race, except his weight, which may be too high, but we’ll see.
“Chimichuri Run won very well last time, but we’re not sure of the calibre of horse he beat that day. The handicapper may be right, he may well be worth his merit rating of 108, but he may be 104. This equates to 2kg less on his back, which could make the difference between winning and losing a race like this.”
Tarry said he wouldn’t have raced Chimichuri Run if the contest was held down the straight on the outside track and said: “He’s well drawn here at number three and I think he is ideally course suited. He is better on the turn. He’s had to travel from Durban this week, but I don’t foresee that being a problem, we’re happy with him.”
The single obstacle in Chimichuri Run’s way is that he’s a three-year-old and they invariably find an older horse to beat them at this time of year, no matter how good the younger horse’s form seems to be.
Tarry assessed: “Yes, that does come into play, but we have a decent horse here and the older horses don’t really scare me. I think Mike de Kock’s Mujallad will improve after being gelded, but he hasn’t drawn well.”
Mathew de Kock confirmed Tarry’s words, saying, “Mujallad is a better horse since we gelded him, he is doing very well indeed. He is drawn wide, but will come in a few positions if the reserve runners are taken out.”
Mike Azzie said about his trio of runners: “Angel’s Power runs his best races for Piere Strydom, but from a deep draw he’ll have to be tucked away early. Mrs O is in very good form, she’s put up some good work and we’re hoping she brings it to the track. Splendid Garden has won at this course and distance from a hopeless position so also can’t be discounted. We have a decent hand here.”