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Cirillo shines in CTS 1200 romp

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Sean enjoyed a lucrative result at Kenilworth on Saturday, when he sent out talented 3yo colt Cirillo to score an emphatic three and a half length win in the R5 000 000 CTS 1200 to confirm his status as one of South Africa’s very best three-year-olds.
What made Saturday’s victory all the more special, is that Cirillo is from the outstanding first crop of Sean’s former July winner Pomodoro, and Saturday’s CTS 1200 winner, like his sire, races for long term stalwart owner Chris Van Niekerk.

The versatile Cirillo, who was dropping back in trip for Saturday’s sprint having finished to the very talented Soqrat in the G1 Cape Guineas over a mile last time out, was given another fine ride by subsequent Met winning rider Anton Marcus.

The latter, unbeaten in two outings on Cirillo, always had his mount up with the speed, and, when asked for his effort, Cirillo showed a blistering turn of foot to put the race to bed and drew clear to collect the first prize of R2 500 000 with a three and a half length romp. By some way the highest rated horse in Saturday’s race, Cirillo lived up to his billing and status as tote favourite with his fluent win in the big race.
Bred by the Riverton Stud, Cirillo took his earnings to over R4.3 million, with his previous wins including November’s Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes.

He is a wonderful advertisement for his Klawervlei Stud based sire, who was South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2017-2018.

Cirillo was one of three winners on the day for Sean and his team, with the Tarry yard also responsible for the Sea Air and Written –the winners of the third and eighth races respectively at Turffontein on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the yard's talented filly Second Request had to be scratched from the G1 GBets Cape Derby on Saturday when she refused to go down to the start.


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