Runner-up in the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup last November, Chijmes had accounted for the highly regarded Green Haze last time and was stepping up to the 1800m for the first time on Sunday.
A relentless galloper, apprentice Dennis Schwarz had the Gary Alexander-trained charge out dictating matters and into the final 200m it was clear that it was going to take a good one to grab him.
At the line, he was just under a length clear of Atyaab with Owlinthetree showing encouraging post maiden form to bank third a neck back.
The winner’s time was 112,52 secs.
Chijmes has now won from 1200m to 1800m in short time and looks worth following! Apprentice Schwarz is on 30 winners this season and is another worth following.
A R110,000 Summerhill Ready To Run Sale graduate, Chijmes was bred by longstanding champion breeders, Summerhill Stud, and is a son of Ato (Royal Academy) out of the four-time winning Russian Revival mare, Sophie’s Choice.
A winner of 3 races with 1 place from 6 starts, Chijmes has earned R287,500.