9 Cirillo

The second string to Sean Tarry’s bow, the evergreen campaigner Cirillo has his first crack at the Vodacom Durban July. In 2019 he finished 3rd behind Rainbow Bridge in the Gr 1 Champions Cup over 1800m and a year later was narrowly denied by both Golden Ducat and Rainbow Bridge in the same race. The Champions Cup is run at WFA terms and, with his merit rating having plunged to 120 from a high of 129, he suddenly finds himself racing off bottom weight of 53 kgs – receiving as much as 7kgs from Rainbow Bridge. The Champions Cup form suggests that at the weights, Cirillo has more than just a remote chance in the 2021 Vodacom Durban July, particularly as he has often reserved his best performances for Hollywoodbets Greyville.