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