Sydney Cup Meeting – Saturday April 23

Race 1 – 1. Red Tracer 2. Palomares 5. Zutara

Race 2 – 3. Needs Further 1. Fast Clip 6. Shootoff

Race 3 – 1. Small Minds 6. Divorces 3. Hidden Wonder

Race 4 – 1. Helmet (SPECIAL) 4. Running Tall 3. Uate

Race 5 – 4. Ginga Dude (EACH-WAY SPECAL) 1. Zavite 14. Retrieve

Race 6 – 3. Once Were Wild 4. Mourayan 6. Muir

Race 7 – 3. Hay List 11. Melito 5. Shootout

Race 8 – 1. Swift Alliance 4. Motspur 13. Tindal

Kent’s decision proves Absolutely spot on

Mick Kent’s decision to bypass Flemington in favour of the Patinack Farm AJC Australian Oaks (2400m) with Absolutely on Saturday was justified when she taught her rivals a lesson in the fillies’ Classic.

The daughter of Redoute’s Choice broke her maiden status in the best possible fashion, careering away with the $550,000 Group 1 at her seventh trip to the races.

Cranbourne-based Kent also accepted with her for the 2000m Riding For The Disabled Plate at Flemington and it wasn’t until the day before he committed to heading north with the filly who chased home Lights Of Heaven in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks at her previous start.

“Everything went to plan and I’m glad we came,” Kent said. “It looked a tough Oaks, but she drew well and you don’t get many chances to run in Group 1s.

“She’d done terrific since Adelaide – it seemed to make her, the trip away – and she worked really good, so we were happy to come.”

Absolutely made the most of a canny Brad Rawiller to cruise home. Rawiller settled her three horses back along the inside and while most steered away from the inside on the Heavy 10 surface, he courageously stuck hard against the inside fence.

Absolutely ($31) proved it was no disadvantage, racing to the lead around 350m out before cruising home by 3-1/2 lengths from last week’s AJC Derby winner Shamrocker ($3.50 fav) with Pinker Pinker ($8.50) completing an all-Victorian trifecta a further half-length back.

Kent said that while Absolutely hadn’t won before the Oaks, she had proven herself up with the best with four Black Type placings at her first six starts.

“I had run her in a lot of Stakes races,” Kent said when asked why she hadn’t been able to win a race previously. “But we thought she’d win her maiden nice and easy and she got beat there.

“She’s a really nice filly and it was only a question of the trip today and the ground but that was no worries in the end.”

For Rawiller, it was a great result at what has been a quiet Sydney Carnival and he was pleased to see the plan come off.

“Everyone knows Mick’s a very avid trackwalker, as far as my experience goes he’s probably the best, and I walked the track and I said to Mick, ‘I’m really happy with the inside, I don’t think that we need to get out that far’,” he recounted.

“Mick walked it and he said, ‘100 percent, you’re right, it’s just the half mile to the top of the straight you don’t want to be on the fence, but if you can just keep her on the bridle until you straighten she’ll get her chance’.

“It come off trumps and it’s just great to get the reward.”

The Oaks trifecta was the highlight for Victoria, which failed to claim another race on the nine-race card.

Victoria’s lone hope in the $2 million Emirates Doncaster Mile, the Mick Price-trained Aloha, led the field but failed to come on in the heavy conditions in the straight, finishing sixth behind the Joe Pride-trained Sacred Choice. Love Conquers All and Bold Glance filled the minor placings.

That was the first leg of a Group 1 double for Sydney hoop Tim Clark, who won the $350,000 The James Boag Galaxy (1100m) aboard the Darren Smith-trained Atomic Force.

Peter Moody’s Avenue was the best of the Victorians, finishing fifth, two spots ahead of Ortensia.

Sacred Chooses The Doncaster

The wet conditions at Randwick today failed to dampen the dazzling dash of tough mare Sacred Choice who headed a Magic Millions first five in the $2m Group 1 Emirates Doncaster Mile (1600).

The Joe Pride prepared five year-old revelled in the very heavy conditions to burst clear of her sixteen rivals to score a dominant two length win with Tim Clark in the saddle.

Love Conquers All made it back to back Group 1 seconds as runner up, whilst Queensland galloper Bold Glance made ground late to finish third a further half length back.

Syreon claimed fourth position alongside Ilovethiscity in fifth to complete a Magic Millions first five.

“When she broke away there was nothing that was going to catch her,” said trainer Joe Pride.

“It was hard to make up ground and Tim made a conscious decision to be a little bit closer, I was worried about cover but she settled well and on these heavy tracks she just sprints like a gazelle.”

Sacred Choice was an inexpensive $40,000 yearling purchase at the 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Selected out of Kerrie Tibbey’s Goodwood Park draft, Sacred Choice has now returned connections over $1.9m in prizemoney.

Sacred Choice’s resume as a potential topflight broodmare is growing rapidly following today’s Doncaster victory.

Her initial Group 1 win came in the Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington last Spring.

Sacred Choice is out the Sir Tristram mare Sacred Habit, a three quarter sister to Golden Slipper winner and champion sire Marauding.

A half-sister to Sacred Choice, by Dubai Destination, will be on offer at the 2011 Magic Milllions National Yearling Sale which commences on the 5th of June at the Gold Coast.

Consigned by Chatsworth Park at Scone, the Choisir Colt is certain to have many admirers following his sister’s second Group 1 victory today.


Doncaster Mile Meeting – Saturday April 16

Race 1 – 1. Salade 3. Cocky Raider 10. Cruella De Vil

Race 2 – 9. Screen 3. Reprobate 7. Regal Banter

Race 3 – 1. Aerobatics 4. Streama 6. Swerte Bella

Race 4 – 9. Big Storm 6. Gold Stone 3. Mac Chois

Race 5 – 4. Rainbow Styling 1. Hawk Island 10. New Day Rising

Race 6 – 2. Brazilian Pulse (SPECIAL) 1. Shamrocker 6. Placement

Race 7 – 1. More Joyous 2. Danleigh 10. Ilovethiscity

Race 8 – 3. Ortensia (EACH-WAY SPECAL) 7. Sister Madly 1. Swift Alliance

Race 9 – 7. Star Of Octagonal 2. Monton 16. Mr Edison

Pulse primed for another Shamrocker stoush

The Patinack Farm 100th AJC Australian Oaks market suggests Derby-winning filly Shamrocker can finally turn the tables on Brazilian Pulse at Randwick on Saturday, but Mike Moroney isn’t conceding the $550,000 Group 1 just yet.

While respectful of what Danny O’Brien’s star achieved when she beat the boys in last week’s $1.5 million Derby, the Flemington trainer is happy with his stable star and remains confident she can become the 16th filly to complete the VRC-AJC Oaks double in what shapes as the strongest AJC Oaks in years.

In addition to Brazilian Pulse and Shamrocker, blowout Vinery Stud Stakes winner Mirjulisa Lass, the consistent Fibrillation, classy Victorians Do Ra Mi and Pinker Pinker and Group 1 Oaks placegetters Placement and Absolutely are also running.

“It’s going to be a good Oaks this year,” Moroney said. “With the first filly in 22 years to win the Derby and the filly that won our race the other day (Mirjulisa Lass) was quite strong too, so it should be a good race.”

The barrier draw would have done little to dampen Moroney’s confidence after Brazilian Pulse came up with the inside barrier for the 2400-metre event.

That should ensure there is no repeat of the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), when the daughter of Captain Rio was trapped three-wide throughout and did well to fight on for third behind Mirjulisa Lass and Fibrillation.

Shamrocker (four), the Peter Moody-trained Do Ra Mi (two), Damien Oliver’s mount Fibrillation (eight) and the Mick Kent-trained Absolutely (three) also drew to advantage.

Greg Eurell’s Pinker Pinker (10) and Shamrocker’s stablemate Placement (11) drew slightly worse than the middle of the 17-horse field, but Mirjulisa Lass (17) was handed the nightmare outside alley.

The draw presents Brazilian Pulse, who will again be partnered by Craig Williams, with the chance to maintain her perfect record against Shamrocker. They raced three times last Spring with Brazilian Pulse beating home the daughter of O’Reilly each time.

They finished second and third respectively behind Sistine Angel in the Edward Manifold Stakes, Shamrocker had excuses when 15th behind Brazilian Pulse in the Wakeful Stakes, while O’Brien’s filly led home the field behind Brazilian Pulse in the Crown Oaks.

Despite that, Brazilian Pulse was posted at $4.20 in TAB Sportsbet’s post-Oaks barrier draw market with Shamrocker the $2.90 favourite.
Brazilian Pulse has had three runs this time in, finishing among the placings at each occasion.

She resumed with a fine second to Do Ra Mi in the 1400m Kewney Stakes the day that Shamrocker won the Australian Guineas (March 12), then won the Keith Nolan Classic (1800m) on March 26 before her courageous Vinery Stud Stakes effort seven days later.

Moroney said although beaten the Vinery Stud Stakes effort importantly provided more experience the Sydney way of racing and that she had done well since.

“She’s had plenty of practice (racing clockwise) now, so I can’t say that’s going to be an excuse at all,” he said. “She seems to be fine this way around and she’s had a good prep going into the Oaks.

“It probably wasn’t quite ideal that we had to back her up early in the prep, but the two weeks in between runs should be ideal.”

Brazilian Pulse is one of two Group 1 runners for Moroney at Randwick on Saturday with comeback sprinter King Pulse to contest the $350,000 The James Boag Galaxy (1100m) after chasing home Black Caviar at his only two runs back from a year-long spell.