Businessman and prominent owner Chris van Niekerk has made many important decisions, but one of them could result in him making racing history with a third Vodacom Durban July triumph.Van Niekerk has already won the July twice, with Heavy Metal and Pomodoro, and looks to have another exciting prospect in three-year-old Chimichuri Run. He and Markus Jooste’s company Mayfair Speculators purchased Chimichuri Run from Drakenstein Stud as a yearling for R1.1m.Following the dispersal of many of the Mayfair horses, it is believed Van Niekerk was asked if he wanted to buy all the thoroughbreds he owned in partnership with Jooste. The answer was probably no, but — no doubt guided by his trainer, Sean Tarry — he did purchase some, including Chimichuri Run.After the son of Trippi’s four-lengths win in the grade3 Spring Spree Stakes at Turffontein last Saturday, it is looking to be one of Van Niekerk’s best decisions.What is important about Saturday’s success is that the colt was taking on some...

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