Five year old gelding Happy Trails has gained automatic entry into the Cox Plate next month after an exciting victory in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Name Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Happy Trails sat just off the speed before jockey Glen Boss took him to the front rounding the final turn. Favourite Green Moon made up plenty of ground in the straight, but fell just short, losing by the narrowest of margins.
Trainer Peter Snowden couldn't have asked for a more perfect finish in the $1 million Golden Rose on Saturday at Rosehill with his pair of 3 year old stars running the quinella.
Epaulette gave Snowden his third Golden Rose win and jockey Tommy Berry his first Group 1 victory, as he stormed down the outside to mow down the front runners and narrowly nose out stablemate Albrecht at the finishing post.
Last year’s winner Rekindled Interest heads an exciting assembly of horses set to contest Saturday’s $305,000 Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes on Sportingbet Cox Plate Preview Day at Moonee Valley.
Despite being winless in the past 18 months and the oldest runner in a quality field, Danleigh has put on an impressive display to take out the Group Two Chelmsford Stakes at Warwick Farm.
Trainer Chris Waller was full of praise for the veteran gelding, who has now won nearly $2.5 million in career prizemoney.
Defending Caulfield Cup champ Southern Speed has kicked off her Melbourne Spring campaign with the smallest of victories in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Jockey Craig Williams took advantage of the slow speed, looming to the front and holding off a fast finishing Manighar to win in a photo finish by a nose.
It had been almost a year since Sincero had won his last race, but that was quickly forgotten after his impressive win in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse has labelled her star three year old colt Pierro a champion after his dominating performance in the Group 3 Run To The Rose on Saturday.
The race was never in doubt with Pierro looming up in the straight to take the lead and pull away to win by 1 1/4 lengths from Your Song, with Epaulette a similar distance back in third.
Ultra consistent mare Pinker Pinker found the perfect time to break through for a win, stepping up big time on Saturday for an unexpected victory in the Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. After back to back second placings in the Stocks Stakes behind Kings Rose and in the Epsom behind Secret Admirer, Pinker Pinker shocked most, by taking out Australasia's premier weight-for-age event by 1.3 lengths.
- Good Draw, Bad Speed
- Atlantic Jewel a Class Above
- Helmet Captures Caulfield Guineas
- Rekindled Interest Emerges as Cox Favourite
- Lion Tamer Too Good in Underwood
- Caviar Effortlessy Equals Record
- Manawanui Steals Golden Rose
- Long Layoff Energises Littorio
- Moody's New King Wins Memsie
- Think Twice - Back to Back in the Cox
- Epsom Winner Primed For Cox
- Sepoy Stars in Mankiato