Black-Type Results - Flemington

Group 1 Australian Guineas

Race Summary:

Tasmanian filly Mystic Journey (Needs Further) has etched her name in history with an authoritative win in the G1 Australian Guineas at Flemington.

A one-time $11,000 yearling bred by Ralph Zito and foaled and raised at Armidale Stud, Mystic Journey became just the fifth filly to win the race and the first Tasmanian-trained horse to win a Group 1 race since 1886.

Ridden to perfection by Anthony Darmanin, Mystic Journey delivered a powerful finish along the rail to defeat Hawkshot (Fiorente {Ire}) by 2,25l, with the other filly in the race, Amphitrite (Sebring), was a short margin away in third.

Having given her jockey, trainer, Adam Trinder, and sire their first Group 1 wins, Mystic Journey has won nine of her 12 starts and over $1 million for her owner Wayne Roser.

She is now being set for the inaugural $5m All-Star Mile at the same venue in two weeks' time.

Pedigree Notes:

Mystic Journey is out of White Gold (NZ) (Colombia {NZ}), who has produced city winner Leodoro (Jayemzed), the winner Gold Phoenix (Jayemzed), and Oh So Gold (Savoire Vivre {GB}), who has produced the dual Listed winning 2-year-old Mystical Pursuit (Needs Further).

White Gold is a sister to stakes-placed Oronero (Colombia), while further back, the fourth dam, Lanna D'Oro, is a half-sister to Eight Carat (GB) and a full sister to Habibti (GB).

Group 2 Blamey S.

Race Summary:

Fifty Stars (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) lived up to his name at Flemington when winning his second Australian stakes.

Running in midpack, the colt kicked into gear and took over the lead with 250 metres left to go. While it looked like it may be smooth sailing from there, So Si Bon (So You Think {NZ}) was closing quickly and less than a length away at the 100 metre mark.

So Si Bon gained on him with every stride but had to settle for second as they hit the line with Cool Chap (High Chaparral {Ire}) in third less than two lengths behind them to give Lindsay Park a sweep of the top three places.

Pedigree Notes:

By Sea The Stars (Cape Cross {IRE}), the colt is from the unraced Swizzle Stick (Sadler’s Wells {IRE}).

A half-sister to Irish champion Viztoria (Oratorio {Ire}), Swizzle Stick hails from the family of champions from four different countries under her first three dams, including sire Zilzal (USA) (Nureyev {USA}).

Swizzle Stick is the dam of two winners from two to race and has an unnamed Lawman (FR) (Invincible Spirit {IRE}) 3-year-old filly and a 2-year-old colt by Slade Power (IRE) (Dutch Art {GB)).

Group 3 Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap

Race Summary:

Violate gave his sire a fitting memorial a week after Sebring’s (More Than Ready {USA}) passing when getting his first Group victory.

Violate ran in the first group of horses behind Rock ‘N’ Gold (Rock Of Gibraltar {IRE}), never letting the leader get too far away. Going the widest of the front runners around the turn, Violate moved closer to the leaders but it wasn’t easy work to get the lead – or the win.

He battled with Streets of Avalon (Magnus) in the final stages of the race, sticking his head in front in the final 75 metres.

Zebulon (NZ) (All American) closed late to take third behind the battling duo.

Pedigree Notes:

A $75,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale, Violate is the third foal from Shantha’s Girl (Redoute’s Choice) and second winner.

The mare is a half-sister to Group 2 winning Champagne Cuddles (Not a Single Doubt) and from Group 1 winner Sky Cuddle (Snippets). Sky Cuddle is a half-sister to Group 2 winner and sire Highly Recommended (Fastnet Rock) and Group 3 winner Sky Love (Octagonal) among five stakes horses from Suggestive (Al Hareb).

Shantha’s Girl has an unraced 2-year-old named Divine Witness (Star Witness), a yearling filly by Nicconi (Bianconi), a 2018 colt by American Pharoah (USA) (Pioneerof the Nile {USA}), and was served by Pride of Dubai (Street Cry {IRE}) this past season.

Group 3 Frances Tressady S.

Race Summary:

Running second in this race last year, Oregon’s Day (Domesday) went one better this year.

Put in the perfect position just behind the leaders, she bided her time and took advantage of a hole opening right in front of her as the field turned into the straight. Within a few hundred metres, she had the lead but had to fight off a late challenge by Clarice Cliffs (Canford Cliffs {Ire}) to keep her victory.

Oregon’s Day put in a gutsy performance to not only keep her lead but also start to pull away in the final 50 metres with Aristia (Lonhro) only a length behind the winner.

Pedigree Notes:

The final named foal from Group 3 winner Oregon Seal (NZ) (Oregon {USA}), Oregon’s Day is one of three stakes winner from the mare following Talent Show (Jeune) and Oregon Spirit (Bel Esprit).

This is the family of Group 1 winner Hawkspur (Purrealist), whose third dam is Oregon Seal’s granddam.

Oregon Seal is the dam of eight winners from eight to race with all of her named foals running at least once. The mare was retired from breeding in early 2016 after missing to Canford Cliffs.

Listed Very Special Kids Plate

Race Summary:

The third time was the charm for Mockery (Verrazano {USA}), who broke her maiden in her third start and earned a stakes victory at the same time.

Running down the straight at Flemington, Mockery rocketed out of the gate to take over the lead early on, never having a big lead, challenged by horses throughout. It was only in the final 50 metres that the filly started extending her lead a bit as Cheer Leader (Snitzel) closed to her outside.

It was a second-third finish for Yulong Investments with Cheer Leader finishing second just ahead of Yulong Savings (Helmet) with Cheer Leader drifting a bit in the stretch to slow Yulong Saving’s momentum a bit just outside the 100 metre mark.

Pedigree Notes:

The first southern hemisphere stakes winner for Verrazano (USA) (More Than Ready {USA}), Mockery is the first foal from Madoni (Lonhro).

Madoni is a half-sister to the dam of Group 3 winner She’s So High (I Am Invincible) and Group 3 placed Bangs (Snippetson). She is also a granddaughter of Announce (Military Plume), who is the dam of Listed winning Listen Here (Elusive Quality), who is the dam of Group 1 winner Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) and Group 2 winner Deep Field (Northern Meteor), who both have their first 2-year-olds this year.

Madoni had a colt by Fighting Sun in 2017, who sold for $55,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and had a filly by that stallion in 2018.

Listed Roy Higgins Quality

Race Summary:

Schabau (Ger) (Pastorius {Ger}) continued to live up to his hype when making easy work of the Listed Roy Higgins for his first stakes victory.

The entire galloped comfortably a few lengths off of last year’s winner Aloft (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who was setting an easy pace in the 2600 metre race. He allowed Double Bluff (Ire) (Azamour {Ire}) to join him on his inside as he sat a few spots off the rail, a move that would prove useful when they turned into the straight.

At the 400 metre mark, he made his challenge and Naval Warfare (IRE) (Born To Sea {IRE}) came with him but that duel didn’t last long. Under hands and heels, Schabau started pulling away at the 200 metre mark and was never seriously asked when winning by daylight.

Naval Warfare was second ahead of Top of the Range (NZ) (Savabeel) with the pacesetting Aloft fourth.

Pedigree Notes:

Bred in Germany, Schabau is the second foal from the two-time Listed placed mare Staying Alive (Ger) (Royal Dragon {USA}).

Staying Alive is the only stakes horse from her dam, who is a half-sister to the dam of Group 2 winning Selkis (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}). Their Listed winning dam Schwarzmeer (Ger) (Kings Lake {USA}) is one of five stakes horses from Sankt Johanna (Ger) (High Game {GB}).

Staying Alive has a year older half-sister to Schabau who is unplaced and two full sisters to the horse, born in 2017 and 2018. His 2017 sister is named Surprise Attack and sold for €32,500 as a yearling last year.

Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap

Race Summary:

She’s So High added another autumn stakes win for her sire I Am Invincible on Saturday when making her first start since last May.

The 4-year-old mare calmly raced just behind the leader as they raced down the straight at Flemington before moving to the inside of the field at the 550 mark to give herself running room. The race was won at the 300 metre mark when she ranged up beside the leaders before taking control.

It was an easy ride from there for jockey Damien Oliver as the mare won eased down with Thermal Current (Exceed And Excel) taking second and I Am Someone (Onemorenomore) close behind for third.

Pedigree Notes:

It was a family affair during the first few races at Flemington with She’s So High from a half-sister to the dam of Listed Very Special Kids Plate winner Mockery (Verrazano {USA)}.

She’s So High is the third live foal from High Achiever (Exceed And Excel), who is also the dam of Group 3 placed Bangs (Snippetson). High Achiever’s dam is also a half-sister to Listen Here (Elusive Quality), the dam of Group 1 winner Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) and Group 2 winner Deep Field (Northern Meteor). Under High Achiever’s third dam is also Group 1 winner Emerald Dream (Danehill).

High Achiever’s first foal after She’s So High was a filly born in 2018 by Stratum Star (Stratum).