Saturday’s Morphetville program saw a Peter Moody-trained, Luke Nolen-ridden female maintain her unbeaten record in a Group 1 event for the second time in 24 hours.
Untapped Zabeel mare Lights Of Heaven made it four wins from four starts when she outclassed her rivals in the $350,000 Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse.
The victory came less than 24 hours after Moody and Nolen combined to guide Black Caviar to an 11th-straight win in the Group 1 Pulse Pharmacy William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley.
And Lights Of Heaven’s success was even more comfortable than the champion sprinter’s.
While there were some rare anxious moments with Black Caviar midway through the William Reid, those who backed Lights Of Heaven into $2.20 favouritism never had any real cause for concern in the 2000m Oaks.
Nolen positioned her beautifully in fifth spot one off the fence before launching his run at the 500m. She had rounded up the leaders within 150m before pulling away for a dominant three-length win over fellow Victorian filly Absolutely and local star Southern Speed.
Lights Of Heaven’s win was the first leg of a Group 1 double for Victorian mares with Response following up with victory in the Sportingbet Classic for fillies and mares.
The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained four-year-old overcame one of the strongest mares’ sprint fields in years to add the 1200m event to the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) she won at Caulfield during the Spring Racing Carnival.
The daughter of Charge Forward cashed in on a gun Dwayne Dunn ride to get up along the inside and hold out fast-finishing $2.40 favourite Beaded with Valentine Miss close up in third spot.
The win atoned for an Oakleigh Plate hard-luck story and Newmarket Handicap fourth placing for Response, who has now won four of 13 starts and more than $763,000 in stakes.
Victoria’s females didn’t limit their interstate domination to Adelaide with Crown Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse taking out the $180,000 Group 3 Keith Nolan Classic at Rosehill in Sydney.
The Mike Moroney-trained class act made light work of the rise to 1800m second-up when she scored a strong win at her first start racing right-handed.
The daughter of Captain Rio, who burst through $1 million in earnings with the win, is now likely to back in next Saturday’s $400,000 Group 1 Storm Queen (2000m) at Rosehill.