Crowd favourite Scenic Shot showed he was still a force to be reckoned with as an eight-year-old when he scored a thrilling win in Saturday’s $500,000 Group One Doomben Cup (2020m).

Trained in Perth by top horseman Dan Morton, Scenic Shot came with a strong run in the home straight, on the inside of rivals, to hit the front and hold out imports My Kingdom of Fife and Glass Harmonium for another big race success.

A regular visitor to the Brisbane Winter Carnival, Scenic Shot won the Doomben Cup two years ago on his way to wins in the O’Shea Stakes and Brisbane Cup.

Connections will be hoping he can emulate those victories as he hunts more big race success in the Sunshine State.

“He’s fantastic,” Morton said.”He’s an eight-year-old this horse and everything with him is a bonus from now on.”

“I was a bit worried with him back on the fence. He doesn’t normally like it like that – bt they opened up and I couldn’t believe the run he got through.”

“He’s an absolute tiger in a finish. I knew he would (fight).”

“My only worry was they he couldn’t see the one (My Kingdom of Fife) on the outside. I knew he wouldn’t lay down.”

“He’s an absolute evergreen. Between himself and Scrivo – they have a lot of enthusiasm. They are a good pair.”

“We’ll head toward the new couple of races now and we’ll see where he takes us.”

“The O’Shea and if he’s fit and well we’ll roll the dice in the Brisbane Cup,” Morton summed up

Winning rider Shane Scriven couldn’t be more complimentary of a horse he rates as his all time favourite.

“This is not a horse – he’s a machine. He’s going better now than he was two years ago.”

“He’s a champion this horse. He’ll go down in the record books now – god I love him.”

The outstanding eight-year-old has raced on 65 occasions for 17 wins and 13 minor placings and earnings of almost $3 million.

That is an outstanding return on investment for connections considering he cost just $36,000 from the draft of Anita Vale Stud at the 2004 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale.

Dan Morton’s father, accomplished horseman Len, signed for the son of Scenic at the Belmont Park based auction.

Morton Senior trained Scenic Shot’s full sister Flight Path during her classy career – victory in the Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy one of her highlights.

They are two of the three winners produced by the stakes performed Dr Grace mare Sweepshot – a five time winner and earner of over $100,000.

The latest yearling from Sweepshot, a colt by Blackfriars, was purchased by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock Agency for $180,000 at February’s 2011 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale.

Caviar Put On Ice Until The Spring

The world’s best racehorse is headed for the spelling paddock with the connections of Victoria’s champion mare Black Caviar abandoning plans to contest the Doomben 10,000 over 1350 metres in Brisbane on 28 May.

Trainer Peter Moody has decided to send the glamour four-year-old for a break rather than test her beyond 1200 metres for the first time at the end of a campaign that commenced three months ago to the day with victory in the Coolmore Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.

Senior part-owner Gary Wilkie confirmed that nothing was amiss with the people’s horse, but that she was simply tiring at the end of an historic preparation.

“All’s well with her, but she’s just tiring after a long campaign and Peter doesn’t want to gut her ahead of the Spring Carnival,” he explained.

“It’s disappointing that the ride has to stop, we’ve been having such a great time, but the decision is about the future and ensuring she returns in great order later in the year.”

Whilst Black Caviar enjoys “four or five weeks” in the paddock, Wilkie and his co-owners will also take a spell from their celebrations and reminisce about a memorable start to 2011.

Their amazing daughter of Bel Esprit stretched her unbeaten streak to 13 when victorious in front of 20,000 people in the BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben last Saturday. It was her sixth consecutive Group 1 victory (her fifth of 2011) and took her career earnings to $3,474,050.

Victorians will now get the chance to see her attempt to equal Phar Lap’s 14-race winning streak in Melbourne, with up to four appearances a possibility during the Carnival.

The Group 1 $500,000 Manikato Stakes (1200m), which opens the night racing season at Moonee Valley on Friday night, 30 September, is a possible starting point, although she may be reserved for the $200,000 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield eight days later – a race she won in 2010.

Her primary target during the Spring Racing Carnival will be the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic on 5 November at Flemington, which will carry record prize money of $1 million after the VRC today announced a $250,000 stakes increase for what is the eighth leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

Black Caviar heads to the spelling paddock favourite to claim the titles of Victorian and Australian Horse of the Year at season’s end with dual Tatts Cox Plate winner So You Think her main rival for both awards.

Rocket fires in preparation for KrisFlyer

A slick piece of work on Tuesday morning has Patrick Shaw confident the pride of Singapore – super sprinter Rocket Man – can score a breakthrough win in the $756,000 KrisFlyer International Sprint when the Global Sprint Challenge continues at Kranji on Sunday.

The Australian-bred son of Viscount worked over 1000 metres on the Polytrack, skipping home the last 600m in 34.5 seconds, which included an 11.5sec final furlong.

Shaw said it has him primed to finally crack it for success in Singapore’s premier sprint, run over 1200m, after running second the past two years.

A winner of 15 of his 19 starts, including this year’s Golden Shaheen in Dubai, the KrisFlyer defeats are Rocket Man’s only two defeats in his homeland.

“That was just perfect,” Shaw said of the workout. “He is spot-on. His work is now done, I’ll just keep him ticking over now until raceday.”

Rocket Man is the headline act of one of the strongest editions of the KrisFlyer Sprint, which is making its Global Sprint Challenge debut.

The world’s highest-rated sprinter, unbeaten Australian mare Black Caviar, might not be there but some other Australian-bred stars are.

Hong Kong legend Sacred Kingdom, defending champion Green Birdie, who started his career in Australia under Brian Mayfield-Smith, and the Michael Freedman-trained Better Be The One, who raced in Australia as Common Interest, are also engaged.

TAB Sportsbet has Rocket Man a raging $1.50 favourite with Sacred Kingdom ($4) and Green Birdie ($9) the only others at a single-figure quote.

Sacred Kingdom is striving to repeat his KrisFlyer win of 2009 and Ricky Chung, assistant to trainer Ricky Yiu, is thrilled with the seven-year-old’s progress.

“He’s looking really good at the moment and I was very happy with him this morning,” Chung said after some work on the Polytrack on Tuesday morning. “He is doing everything right at the moment.”

Reigning Scobie Breasley medallist Glen Boss will have his first ride on Sacred Kingdom in the KrisFlyer, replacing former Victorian Brett Prebble.

The KrisFlyer is the co-feature on Singapore’s biggest night of the racing season. Sharing top billing is the $2.3 million Singapore Airlines International Cup in which the Luca Cumani-trained Presvis, River Jetez and Wigmore Hall are among the star attractions.

The Cup will be run at 10.40pm AEST, 50 minutes after the KrisFlyer Sprint.

Black Caviar brilliant again in BTC Cup

Brisbane found out first-hand what all the fuss was about regarding Black Caviar on Saturday when she won the $400,000 Group 1 Bundaberg Distillery Co BTC Cup (1200m) and Doomben.

Victoria’s world champion sprinter took her record to 13 wins from as many starts when she ran down a gallant Hay List at her first start in Brisbane.

For Moody, who trains from Caulfield but is a Queenslander by origin, it was as sweet as it gets.

“She’s sends a tingle up your spine doesn’t she?” he said. “She’s something to behold.

“It’s just great to showcase her to the Australian racing public. Now Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane have had that opportunity.

“She’s just terrific for the sport. It’s a pain in the backside to have to showcase her, but it’s an honourable one.”

The anxious moments weren’t quite like the previous start in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick, when she spotted Hay List four lengths at the 300m but ran him down, but she did wobble around the turn.

It proved just a temporary speedhump. The four-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit quickly balanced up and set out after Hay List, reeling him in around 150m from home before pulling away to win by two lengths.

Buffering was third, almost five lengths away, just on front of the $201 outsider No Evidence Needed.

Despite Black Caviar’s awkwardness rounding the home bend, Nolen said the result was never in doubt.

“She had a lovely run, she settled lovely, got a couple of cheap sectionals, I just came up at my leisure and went bang,” he said.

The BTC Cup victory took Black Caviar’s earnings to $3,468,500. She will get the chance to add to that on May 28 when she shoots for a seventh-straight Group 1 win in the $650,000 Doomben 10,000.


BTC Cup Meeting – Saturday May 14

Race 1 – 1. Mr Shadow Boxer 2. Heartshaker 5. Sea Skye

Race 2 – 2. Gundy Son 1. Carry The Clubs 8. Al’s Best Mate

Race 3 – 15. Work The Room 5. Mr Hornblower 12. n A Bind

Race 4 – 4. Benfica (SPECIAL) 11. Saramenha 3. Spurtastic

Race 5 – 4. Femina Fashion (EACH-WAY SPECAL) 10. Raeburn 3. Firebolt

Race 6 – 3. Chateau Fort 4. Hour Of Peril 2. Igles Star

Race 7 – 6. Black Caviar 3. Hay List 5. Buffering

Race 8 – 20. Adulterer 4. Ponzi Scheme 1. General Purple