The Racing Weekend In Review 5/6
June 7, 2021
Only the one Group 1 at Eagle Farm this weekend with the running of the Queensland Oaks. Meanwhile Rosehill hosted the Winter Cup in Sydney and racing took place at Flemington in Melbourne.
It wasn’t one of the biggest days of the winter carnival but there were still some impressive winners including the success of Duais in the Group 1.
The win of Duais in the Queensland Oaks was arguably the highlight of the day with trainer Ed Cummings picking up his first Group 1. Whilst for jockey Hugh Bowman it was Group 1 number 99 taking him one win away from the big ton. After settling at the rear of the field, Bowman made his move with 500 metres to go and quickly pounced on the lead at the 200 mark and there was no stopping the pair as they went on to win by 2.5 lengths.
There weren’t many excuses for the horses behind her and going into the race it wasn’t seen as a strong edition of the Oaks but it will be interesting to see how Duais measures up in the Spring after her dominant victory.
Earlier in the day, it was only a benchmark 80 but the opening race on the card displayed a big nine length win by Incentivise. After starting the heavily backed favourite at $3.20 there was no stopping the Steve Tregea gelding once he got his way in front. The win on Saturday made it four wins on the trot as he just keeps improving every time he steps up in grade.
In form mare Nudge made it two wins on the trot taking out the $500,000 Magic Millions National Classic. Settling back last Kerrin McEvoy was able to steer her to the outside to descend on some smart mares including Yamazaki, Rocha Clock and the retiring Nettoyer.
Glen Boss and Tony Gollan combined to take out the Group 2 Moreton Cup with Baller ducking back to the inside and pulling clear late to win by over two lengths. $2.70 favourite Splintex was incredibly disappointing, finishing back in 8th 11.7 lengths off the winner. Whilst in the listed two-year-old race the Gai and Adrian trained Volcanic Rock was too strong out in front and could back up in this week’s Group 1 JJ Atkins with a decision yet to be made.
At Rosehill it was the Tommy Berry show once again as he collected four wins on the nine race card. His fourth and final win of the afternoon aboard Mubariz took him to 100 metro wins this season, nine behind leader James McDonald.
The feature of the day was the Winter Cup with Gai and Adrian continuing their good day with the win of Knights Order in the cup. The six-year-old gelding was able to sit behind the fast tempo set by Inverloch and upon straightening pounced on the lead and never looked back. Backmarkers Parry Sound and Stockman closed off well but Knights Order was off and gone.
Earlier in the program the two-year-old race was taken out by Cape Breton who was a drifting favourite and ended up starting the second favourite. However, the Chris Waller trained colt was able to defy the market and keep his undefeated record intact as he pushes onto the Group 1 JJ Atkins this weekend.
There weren’t many highlights on the card at headquarters but the two-year-old race was probably the most intriguing race on the card and it certainly delivered.
The daughter of superstar mare Black Caviar was the one to watch and stuck on well to finish in third. However, it was the win of the well bred filly Argentia which had punters talking as she angled out and ran past the leaders in a few strides. The stable have already highlighted the Thousand Guineas as a potential goal heading into the Spring.
Looking ahead to next weekend…
Eagle Farm hosts arguably their biggest day of racing for the carnival with the Stradbroke Handicap and JJ Atktins, both at Group 1 level. Also on the card is the $1.2 million dollar Q22 which will feature Zaaki after his Doomben Cup demolition last start. Whilst racing heads to Royal Randwick in Sydney with the listed Bob Charley AO Stakes. In Melbourne, Sandown Lakeside will host some nice off-season racing.
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