Classy mare Satin Shoes (Flying Spur – Star Satire, by Volksraad) scored a deserved victory when she produced a fighting performance in the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone.
Satin Shoes posted her previous victory at Caulfield in October 2011 but the grand mare finished second in four Group 2 events, including the Challenge Stakes and Premiere Stakes, in the period between her successes.
The Flying Spur (Danehill – Rolls, by Mr Prospector) mare trialled well leading up to the Ortensia Stakes, which was her first run back from a freshen following the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes on April 13.
In-form rider Blake Shinn partnered Satin Shoes, riding her positively to take a forward position on the back of the early leader Zaratone (Zariz – Comeback Queen, by King’s Theatre) before hitting the lead halfway down the long Scone home straight.
Satin Shoes showed plenty of heart to defeat the consistent Anise by a neck while Border Rebel (Johannesburg – Frontier, by Flying Spur) finished strongly for third.
“Jimmy Cassidy used to ride her and said she was better ridden with a sit but I was convinced that she runs her best races when you allow her to roll,” Conners said.
“I told that to Blake and he rode her a treat.”
Satin Shoes fetched $700,000 at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale but the grand four-year-old’s latest win took her stakes tally past the $800,000 mark.
The daughter of Flying Spur won the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) as a two-year-old while she was also successful in the Listed Widden Stakes and Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m).
The Anthony Cummings-trained mare Arctic Flight (Flying Spur – Scandinavia, by Snippets) started Flying Spur’s successful day at Scone when she claimed the Listed Dark Jewel Classic (1400m).
Already valuable as a sister to Group 1 winner and emerging stallion Magnus ((Flying Spur – Scandinavia, by Snippets) and hailing from the same family of champion sprinter Black Caviar (Bel Esprit – Helsinge, by Desert Sun), Arctic Flight joined Cummings’s Randwick-based stable at the start of her current preparation after beginning her career as part of the Mick Price yard at Caulfield.
Jockey Peter Robl sent Arctic Flight to the lead early in the Dark Jewel Classic before she fought desperately over the concluding stages to beat the Pivotal mare Pipette (Pivotal – Amaryllis, by Sadler’s Wells) to win by a half-head while Miss Stellabelle (Dehere – Sam’s Belle, by Spinning World) was third.
Arctic Flight’s victory left Flying Spur as the sire of 89 stakes winners.