What A Day!!
What a terrific day for the GWR & ABR team on Melbourne Cup day with five winners & two nail biting seconds across NSW & VIC.
The 2YO daughter of I Am Invincible, Invincible Star (I Am Invincible/Romany Flyer) kicked off the day with a brilliant win in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes at Flemington with the Magic Man, Joao Moreira on board, “I had magic on my side today,” stated Gai in her post race interview.
I just want to state the brilliance of this filly yesterday, stepping out for her debut run in a Group 3 in unfamiliar territory down the Flemington straight. She was the absolute professional and I think we can all agree that the future is looking bright for this youngster.
Gai and Adrian purchased this filly for $200,000 from the draft of Harry & Arthur Mitchell’s, Yarraman Park at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale. The obvious choice is to send her back to Magic Millions for the 2YO Classic in January and if she does what she did on Tuesday, she will be incredibly hard to run down.
In race 2 at Flemington we had the favourite, Sort After (Wanted/Patronyme). Bred & majority owned by Nick Vass, she sported the infamous silks to a 3 length victory with Stakes placed Metaphorical running in 2nd.
The mare has had a consistent preparation and after her last start run at Randwick, Gai & Adrian decided to throw her in the deep end and try her luck on the main stage at Flemington. She was absolutely thriving in her training in Melbourne before Tuesday's run and she dominated the field just as Gai and Adrian knew she would. The change of scenery has brought her on enormously, she’s pulled up well from yesterday’s win and she will now back up in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. Odds on favourite?
Next we had Gooree’s Fiery Trail (Northern Meteor/Shared Reflection) fly the flag for the team at Randwick. It has taken this colt a few runs to really bring him on and get his mind on the job. He was certainly fit enough for yesterday’s assignment, everything went his way and it was going to take a pretty good horse to run him down. He’s a lovely, progressive type and the win will give him a nice confidence boost as he prepares for bigger and better targets.
Back to Flemington for the Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes with Fabrizio (High Chaparral/Desina). I can’t begin to tell you Gai & Adrian’s admiration for this horse. He has had 11 starts for 7 wins, he’s one of the most consistent horses in the yard and he has such a big heart. There isn't a trainer out there who wouldn’t want this horse in their stable.
Gai was visiting George Altomonte’s farm to inspect yearlings for the up and coming sales and in the corner of her eye she saw this son of High Chaparral grazing in the paddock. She looked to George and asked what the gelding was up to and George stated that he was going to keep him and send him to a trainer. Gai was adamant that she wanted to train this horse, however George wasn’t sure if Gai was the right trainer for the job. For anyone who knows Gai well, the Lady Trainer never backs down without a fight and before she knew it, Fabrizio was on the truck to Tulloch Lodge and the rest is history. He is such a pleasure to have in the stable, he’s still lightly raced and he’s definitely one for your Black Book. Keep an eye on him.
Sweet Redemption (Snitzel/Redeeming Lass) made it five wins for the team with an all the way lead in Race 8 at Randwick. We had two entered for this race over the mile and we couldn’t have asked for a better result with stablemate, The Bull (Lope De Vega/It’s Who Deanie) running a close second. The daughter of Snitzel has taken her group of 19 owners here, there and everywhere from Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania and back to Sydney and for most of her connections, to have her win at Randwick on Tuesday was a dream come true.
The team here in Sydney and Melbourne are absolutely thrilled the stable produced so many winners on Melbourne Cup Day and may the success of the new partnership continue for many, many years to come. It’s looking promising!!