Chinetti in charge at Ascot

Perth galloper Chinetti packs plenty of horse-power which isn’t surprising – he’s named after legendary Alfa Romeo driver Luigi Chinetti.

Chinetti (3g Bletchley Park – Clarecastle by Tribu) is two-for-two after winning a stirring duel with Benito (Due Sasso) in the Shirley You’re The Best Hcp (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.

“His dam Clarecastle was a nice horse so I guess it’s in the genes,” trainer Paul Jordan said.  “She was as mad as a cut snake but this one is a kind horse.  Most of the Bletchley Parks are.”

Jordan prepared Bletchley Park’s first Group 1 winner when Hot Jules captured the 1997 Western Australian Derby.

Chinetti created a huge impression on debut at Northam last month.  He led and was challenged hard in the early stages before breaking away to clock 62.99 seconds for 1100 metres.

“It was an outstanding performance against older horses,” Jordan explained.  “I searched the records and the only horse to run a quicker time at Northam has been Barakey.  It was quite remarkable for a first starter.”

Jordan also trained Clarecastle to four wins in Perth and she was narrowly beaten in the 2006 Perth Magic Millions 2YO Classic, G3 Champion Fillies Stakes and G3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic.

Perth Racing vice-chairman Harvey Crossman and his Lima Syndicate raced Clarecastle and will be winning black-type races with Chinetti.  His owners include Keith & Len Bell, Jacqueline & Barry Bond, Chris Chalwell, Ross Fitzgerald, Dellice Hogan, Ian Johnson, Gary Prater and Paul Van Loenhout.

Mogumber Park has a yearling half-sister to Chinetti by Oratorio (Aus).  The mare wasn’t covered last year.