The 12 mares engaged in Saturday’s Group 1 Sportingbet (Robert Sangster) Classic (1200m) have a tough act to follow this year after recently-retired champion Black Caviar (Bel Esprit – Helsinge, by Desert Sun) won the event in 2012.
Black Caviar was the second daughter of Bel Esprit to win the event in four years after Bel Mer (Bel Esprit – Drop Anchor, by At Talaq) claimed the Adelaide feature.
Local mares have not won the Robert Sangster Classic since the event obtained Group 1 status in 2005 with Victorian-trained gallopers winning all eight renewals of the race run at the top level.
However, Sydney three-year-old Snitzerland (Snitzel – Monte Rosa, by Fraar) is a short-priced favourite to become the fourth three-year-old in the last nine runnings of the race to beat the older mares.
Below is the field for the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) at Morphettville.
||Ms Michelle Payne
||Peter G Moody
||Exceed And Excel
||Exceed And Excel
||Ms Clare Lindop
||Holy Roman Emperor
Young Danehill (USA) stallion Danerich is beginning to get some winners, highlighted by the exciting, unbeaten sprinter Didntcostalot and the stallion added another winner at Cranbourne on Friday when Crystal Reef (3 g Danerich – Crystal Snip, by Snippets) raced away to win the $12,000 3yo Maiden over 1200m.
Trained at Flemington by Ellerton – Zahra partnership, Crystal Reef is a half-brother to the Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily.
Winning rider Chris Symons said that the addition of blinkers made all the difference to Crystal Reef.¬†”He was disappointing at Ararat, but he had the blinkers on today.¬†He’ll keep improving from here.‚Äù
Bred and raced by David Moodie’s Contract Racing, Crystal Reef is the ninth winner from nine foals to race for Crystal Snip, who has left three ¬†stakes winners in Crystal Lily, Crystal Wit and this season’s winner, Amaethon.
Danerich (Danehill – Millrani, by Rubiton) stands at Rangal Park Stud in Euroa, Victoria.
Didntcostalot (Danerich – Costi, by Encosta De Lago) has given the Victorian operation Rangal Park Stud another reason to celebrate after maintaining his unbeaten record in Wednesday’s Styletread Handicap (1100m) at Warwick Farm.
Rangal Park Stud stands Ne Coupez Pas (Northern Dancer – Soundings, by Mr Prospector), who is the sire of Down Under Boy (Ne Coupez Paz – Upover Girl, Western Symphony), the surprise winner of the last race of the Flemington spring carnival last Saturday.
Didntcostalot is the best-performed son of another Rangal Park Stud resident, Danerich (Danehill – Millrich, by Rubiton). The Marc Conners-trained three-year-old led all the way on heavy ground to take his record to three wins from as many starts in the $27,000 race.
The well-named $3000 yearling purchase broke a class record with his success at Warwick Farm. Conners said the speedster would improve with a spell prior to tackling harder races in the autumn.
“He’s going to the paddock and he’ll come back for the autumn,” Conners said. “He’s probably an 1100 and 1200-metre horse so we’ll sit down and see what’s going to be available for him in the autumn. He’s an exciting horse.
“I always thought he was going to be better on a wet track.
“He trialled here this preparation on a very heavy track and ran very fast time. I was just waiting for the day to get him on a wet track and today it came.”
Rangal Park Stud stallion Danerich (Danehill – Millrich, by Rubiton) was represented by a brilliant debut winner at Wyong on Thursday when the aptly named Didntcostalot streaked home by five and a half ¬†lengths.¬†Trained at Warwick Farm by Marc Conners, Didntcostalot was fast away and he smashed his rivals in the straight, coasting home for an impressive win in the Open 1100m Maiden in a fashion that certainly suggests he will be winning more races.
This impression was confirmed the time was semaphored – 1:02.32 – a new track record.
Didntcostalot (3 c Danerich – Costi, by Encosta de Lago) sold for just $3000 at the 2010 ¬†Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast and he earned $10,400 for winning yesterday.
Danerich won the Gr 3 HDF McNeill Stakes as a three-year-old and Didntcostalot is his fifth winner from just 18 starters.