Boss Impresses At Moonee Valley

Impressive Eagle capped a stellar day for Glen Boss at Moonee Valley on Saturday when she provided the champion jockey with his third winner at the final metropolitan meeting of the 2010 Spring Racing Carnival.

The reigning Scobie Breasley medallist teamed with the recent Danny O’Brien stable acquisition to win the $70,000 Legends After The Last Leilani Classic and deliver on a pledge made by his manager.

“It’s been a good day and Brendan Cormick, my agent, told me I had a pretty solid book today,” Boss said. “It’s great.”

Boss secured three legs of the Quaddie when he got Impressive Eagle home at just her second start for O’Brien, following earlier wins aboard Aloha (Race 5) and Waltzes (Race 6).

The five-year-old daughter of Rubiton put a luckless run up the Flemington straight on Crown Oaks day behind her to finish too powerfully for her rivals in the 1200-metre event.

The mare who was formerly trained in Adelaide by Leon McDonald settled back and came with a booming run and while she looked like winning clearly at the 150m, she was forced to dig deep to hold off Miss Octopussy.

At the line the $13 chance had a half-head to spare over Miss Octopussy ($4.60) with Very Discreet ($3.70) battling away into third, almost a length away, after enjoying a dream run just off the pace.

The other well-backed runner, $3 favourite Jerezana, was also given every chance but had to settle for fourth, 1.2 lengths from Impressive Eagle.

The victory was just the third win of Impressive Eagle’s 19-start career, but O’Brien said that wasn’t indicative of the ability of the mare who ran third in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes as a three-year-old.

“She’s always had really good form but she’d only won two races before today,” O’Brien said. “She had no luck at her first start for us on Oaks day, she just got pushed around down the straight, but she stayed out of trouble today and was too strong.

“There were some nice mares in the race and she probably had as tough a run as any of them and still rounded them up and won.”

Boss shared Moonee Valley riding honours with Ben Melham. The rising star, who celebrated his maiden Group 1 win aboard Black Caviar in the Patinack Farm Classic on November 6, also celebrated three wins.

After winning the first race aboard the Lee Freedman-trained $2.60 favourite Typeface, Melham scored a blowout win aboard the Bill and Simon Wilde-trained Sulmita ($21) before getting home aboard market mover Tio Rossa ($6 into $4.40) for Colin and Cindy Alderson in the second last.

Full results from saturday’s Moonee Valley program are available here

Moonee Valley Saturday Selections

Moonee Valley Meeting – Saturday November 20

Race 1 – 2. Parisian Sunrise 3. Typeface 9. Zingaia

Race 2 – 1. Rockabee Miss (SPECIAL) 8. Little Artist 9. Pintle

Race 3 – 1. Persian Star 2. Saddler’s Story 4. Doosra Diamond

Race 4 – 3. Zaira 6. Apennine 5. Charlie’s Queen

Race 5 – 6. Aloha (EACH-WAY SPECIAL) 2. Hanks 8. Down Under Boy

Race 6 – 7. Solchow 1. Commanding Hope 4. Anteros

Race 7 – 1. Command Prince 2. Cosmocrat 11. Tamanu Park

Race 8 – 3. Status Symbol 6. Jerezana 2. Impressive Eagle

Nikolic Charged By RVL Stewards

Racing Victoria stewards have this afternoon issued a charge against licensed jockey Danny Nikolic for his behaviour during a stewards inquiry at Flemington on 4 November, 2010.

Mr Nikolic has been charged under Australian Rule of Racing 175A which pertains to conduct prejudicial to the image or interests of racing.

The particulars of the charge being that Mr Nikolic conducted himself in a manner which was insulting and disrespectful towards members of the stewards panel and in doing so utilised offensive and disrespectful language.

The charge will be heard by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.

Four In A Row For Zipping

The fairytale came true at Betfair Park (Sandown Hillside) on Saturday when grand veteran Zipping won his fourth consecutive Group 2 Patinack Farm Sandown Classic (2400m).

A healthy crowd braved inclement weather to cheer on the amazing nine-year-old who joined greats Manikato and Lord as horses to win a stakes race on four or more occasions in Victoria.

Despite racing in career best form and facing just four rivals, the Lloyd Williams-owned and Robert Hickmott-trained warrior started a backable $2 favourite courtesy of the heavy track.

In the end punters had nothing to worry about after Zipping led and then took a trail on Exceptionally ($9) mid-race before finding top gear over the latter stages of the $350,000 feature.

His winning margin of two lengths was the longest of his Sandown Classic rort after prevailing by 1.8 lengths in his maiden victory and a short-head at both his second and third triumphs.

In an three-way photo for the minors, Exceptionally held on for second with UK visitor Manighar ($5.50) finishing strongly to grab third ahead of well supported second elect Ginga Dude ($3.50).

Nick Hall, who joined Steve Arnold (2006) and Michael Rodd (2007-08) as riders to salute aboard Zipping in the Classic, was in awe of the horse and most appreciative of the reception he was given.

“Did you hear the cheer they gave him? It’s outstanding,” the excited jockey said. “Thanks to everyone for coming out to see the old boy.”

Stable spokesman Nick Williams was equally delighted with the victory and reception, especially for his father Lloyd who has invested heavily in the sport throughout his life.

“He’s just a freak of nature, he’s just so tough. There’s not many like him,” he said.

“Dad’s been involved in the sport for 45 or 50 years, it’s fantastic for him to have a horse as tough as this and (one) that has achieved such great things. He’s probably not the most talented horse he’s owned, but he’s certainly the toughest.”

With 16 wins and $4.5 million in stakes to his name, punters haven’t seen the last of Zipping either with the Danehill gelding poised to defend his Australian Cup crown at Flemington next March.

As for a tilt at a once unthinkable fifth Sandown Classic, Nick Williams didn’t rule it out.

“He’ll decide that. We’re not making any decisions on his retirement, he’ll be making the decision to retire. He’s don’t that much for us that he can choose to race or not,” he said.

Click to view the Patinack Farm Sandown Classic result.

Spring Turns For Waller With Guineas Triumph

Plan B proved a fruitful one for the Sydneysiders when Pressday scored a strong victory in the Group 2 Betfair Sandown Guineas (1600m) at Betfair Park (Sandown Hillside) on Saturday.

Trainer Chris Waller had geared the colt’s entire Spring Racing Carnival around the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington a fortnight prior, but that plan went awry when he bombed the start.

“We had him ready for a sprint, the first-up Coolmore, that was the only race we wanted to win….but he missed the start,” Waller said.

Waller was tempted to pull the pin on Pressday’s interstate campaign, but the horse’s owner, Tony Muollo, talked the trainer into stepping up to the mile in the $350,000 feature.

“He pressed me into bringing him here and going the extra step so well done to him,” Waller explained.

“It just shows you have to listen to your owners, they study the horses closely, so well done Tony, good ride Nash and to all the staff who’ve done a great job keeping this horse up.

“You’ve got to have the right horse and a little bit of luck on the day, which hasn’t been going our way,” he added.

A Group 1 winner at two, Pressday was the class runner in the three-year-old feature, but the heavy track saw punters offered $4.60 about the favourite.

Ridden a treat by premier jockey Nash Rawiller, the son of Domesday wore down Territory ($7.50), who led and kicked three lengths clear at the 300-metre mark, to score impressively.

With Territory wilting late to run fourth, Chasse ($21) surged to grab second for trainer Peter Snowden who was chasing a hat trick of wins in the feature, as Bigelow ($6) worked into third.

Whilst his confidence levels were down courtesy of the wet track, Rawiller said that Pressday had little trouble negotiating the wet conditions and that proved crucial.

“He’s very adaptable. I’d have been a lot more confident had it been a good track, but he got through it well and that’s all you can ask,” Rawiller said.

Waller said Pressday, who boasts five wins from his eight appearances, would enjoy a short spell before returning for the Autumn Carnival in his home state.

“He’ll concentrate on Sydney in the autumn, races like the Doncaster Handicap, Randwick Guineas leading into that would be ideal,” he said.

Click to view the Betfair Sandown Guineas result.