Gooree Pastoral look to have another smart filly in its stable following the impressive win of the Anthony Cummings-trained Ever The Same (3 f Canny Lad – Jamil, by Giant’s Causeway) in the¬†Paul Spiteri’s 50th Handicap (1200m) at the Australian Turf Club meeting at Hawkesbury on Thursday.
Started a well backed $3.10 favourite, Ever The Same was in a midfield position until cornering where she accelerated in good style¬†to reel in the leaders, going on to defeat Lautrec by 2 1/4 lengths with General Sherman third.
“I had the race won a long way out,” jockey Blake Shinn said.¬†”She’s pretty good,¬†I think she’s up to stakes quality and Anthony thought that coming into today. He expected her to win like that and she did.”
“Going to stakes company will be the goal for her but today was about getting her confidence up and she’ll definitely derive a lot of confidence from that win today. It’s onwards and upwards from here.”
Ever The Same has a rich pedigree, her granddam Makarova being stakes placed and a half-sister to Gr 1 winners Umatilla and Hurricane Sky as well as the Shantha’s Choice, like Ever The Same a daughter of Canny Lad and the dam of Gr 1 winner Redoute’s Choice, Manhattan Rain and Platinum Scissors.
Glows (Canny Lad – Lustre, by Quest For Fame) became the 51st individual stakes winner for veteran Darley stallion Canny Lad (Bletchingly – Jesmond Lass, by Lunchtime) with her success in Friday’s Listed Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m).
Glows won two of her five starts before Friday’s victory. The three-year-old had to do it the hard way outside the early leader The Fairy’s Kiss (Elusive Quality – Ballet Society, by Stravinsky) before fighting strongly to hold off the Bart Cummings-trained Empress Rock (Fastnet Rock – Empress Jade, by Encosta De Lago) by a half-length.
“That’s her asset, she can jump and roll along,” Darley’s Melbourne foreman Paul Snowden said. “We thought the track would really suit her and she fought on well in the straight.
“If you asked us six month ago whether this horse would win a Listed race, we would have said no because she was a weak, immature filly who was just going through the motions.
“We gave her one run, tipped her out and she has come back in fantastic form.”
The Darley homebred is the first stakes winner from Lustre (Quest For Fame – Perle, by Night Shift), who is a half-sister to the triple Stakes winner Falaise (Grand Lodge – Perle, by Night Shift).
European-based Darley stallion Kheleyf (Green Desert – Society Lady, by Mr Prospector) earned his first Australian winner when Praise Be (Kheleyf – Grateful Thanks, by Bering) won the Richmond Club Handicap (2000m) at Hawkesbury.
Praise Be started his career in Ireland before clients of the Chris Waller stable purchased the mare to race in Australia. The four-year-old recorded a comfortable 2-1/2 length win to record her first win from seven starts for the Rosehill stable.
Kheleyf won the Group 3 Jersey Stakes (7f) in the UK in 2004. The stallion has produced stakes winners in France, Britain, Ireland, Italy and the US.
The local Darley sires produced four winners of their own on a profitable day. Elusive Quality (Gone West – Touch Of Greatness, by Hero’s Honor) sired the first winner for dual Group 1 winner Fashions Afield (Redoute’s Choice – Attire, by Wild Again) when Turn On Sixpence (Elusive Quality – Fashions Afield, by Redoute’s Choice) won the Aruze Gaming Maiden (1000m) at Hawkesbury.
Darley veteran Canny Lad (Bletchingly – Jesmond Lass, by Lunchtime) got on the board when Ever The Same (Canny Lad – Jamil, by Giant’s Causeway) won the Aristocrat Maiden (1300m). Bound To Blush (Strategic – Run For Roses, by Danehill) claimed the Hawkesbury Living Handicap (1200m) while Taxee (Street Cry – Helaura Miss, by Helissio) completed Darley’s winning day in the Harris Scarfe Maiden (1200m) at Ballarat.
An Exceed And Excel (Danehill – Patrona, by Lomond) double has underpinned a quartet of successes for Darley sires on Friday.
Exceed And Excel produced winners at the Geelong Synthetic and Ipswich meetings. The Liam Birchley-trained Liesele (Exceed And Excel – Love’s Here, by Dehere) won the Optus Handicap (1015m) at Ipswich before Exceed And Excite (Exceed And Excel – Ladidi, by Palace Music)¬†posted a comfortable win in the Geelong Hospital Appeal Handicap (1000m) at Geelong.
Darley sires produced a double at the Taree fixture in NSW. Streets Apart (Street Cry – Rickenbacker, by Voodoo Rhythm) won the Killy & Floral Dynamite Handicap (1606m) before Now Who’s Cautious claimed the Super Jet Handicap (1250m).
Exceed And Excel’s dual success to his season’s tally to 16 while Street Cry has produced 14 winners. Canny Lad’s win on Friday brought up the veteran sire’s 10th win for the season.
Meanwhile, Coolmore’s former shuttle stallion Catcher In The Rye (Danehill – Truly A Dream, by Darshaan) produced a double at the Ipswich and Taree meetings.
Catch As Catch Can (Catcher In The Rye – Casella, by Sri Pekan) won the Simplot Handicap (1000m) at Taree before Tizzy Lizzy (Catcher In The Rye – Bella Odessa, by Brocco) took out the XXXX Handicap (1690m) at Ipswich.
Australian-bred Blue Tosca continued his outstanding form in Malaysian features when he landed Sunday’s Group One Sultan Gold Vase over 1100m at Ipoh.
Prepared at the track by Steve Cook, Blue Tosca (Canny Lad – Desert Bride, by Desert King) was sent out one of the fancied runners after his last start dead heat success in the Penang Sprint Trophy – another Group One feature in Malaysia.
Blue Tosca got home to beat Bintang Terang by a half length, while Fighter Jet was another neck back in third place – a breath ahead of Good Judgement.
A 5yo gelded son of Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad, Blue Tosca now boasts the impressive race record of eight wins and nine minor placings from just 23 starts and earnings of 766,892 Rgt.
He has turned out an astute purchase for Cook – who went to $20,000 to secure him at the 2007 Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale at the Gold Coast.
“He’s turned out a great value buy,” Cook said of Blue Tosca.¬†”I’m as proud as punch of him – his second Group One win in just two weeks – lovely days,” he added.
Canny Lad is the sire of Group One winners He’s No Pie Eater, Calveen, Accomplice, Dodge, Republic Lass, Cannsea, Preserve, Ancient Song and Small Minds.
Australian-breds Eagle (4 g Clangalang ‚Äì Unbeatable, by Casual Lies) and Blue Tosca (5 g Canny Lad ‚Äì Desert Bride, by Desert King) dead-heat in the RM500,000 Sprint Trophy over 1400m at Penang last Sunday. Good Judgement (Lonhro ‚Äì Agile) finished third to make it a 1,2,3 for Australian stallions.
This is the first stakes win for Blue Tosca who has shown big improvement this season with three wins and five placings from nine starts. ¬†For Eagle, it was remarkable effort as the distance was considered too short for the gelding, having finished third to Risky Business in the Yang Di Pertua Negeri Gold Cup last December and second to Good Nature in the Selangor Gold Cup (1600m) in April.
Dubleo (Southern Halo – Secret Red, by Secretariat) and Mossman (Success Express – Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) fared strongly at Tuesday’s Tamworth meeting with the pair combining for a Vinery Stud double.
Double Fun (Dubleo – Corrofin, by Jade Hunter) began Vinery’s dual success with his win in the Bath Stewart Associates Handicap (1200m). Rhyolite (Mossman – Shadedah, by Danewin) completed the operation’s double with his victory in Tooheys Handicap (1200m).
Meanwhile, Darley’s veteran stallion Canny Lad (Bletchingly – Jesmond Lass, by Lunchtime) had a hand in the pedigrees of the first two winners at Tamworth. Canny Lad’s son King Of The Range (Canny Lad – Mashiko San, by Fuji Kiseki) took out the Harvey World Travel Maiden Plate (1000m) before Canny lad sired the dam of Chomp (Flying Spur – Bouchette, by Canny Lad), the winner of the Melville Hill Estate Wines Maiden Plate (1200m).
Taormina (Danzero – Cappucine, by Thunder Gulch) completed an Arrowfield Stud double when the five-year-old posted a comfortable win in the River Sessions 2011 Plate (1250m) at Mackay.