The 1200-metre distances has again proven the key to Coolmore Stud stallion Holy Roman Emperor’s Australian success after Octavia (Holy Roman Emperor – Filming, by Brocco) held off his opposition to win the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Octavia is one of two Australian stakes winners for Holy Roman Emperor along with the Robbie Griffiths-trained Angelic Light (Holy Roman Emperor – Flashed, by Fuji Kiseki).
Octavia added the Cockram Stakes to her Listed Kevin Hayes Stakes win over 1200 metres in the autumn while Angelic Light scored her stakes victory over the same trip when she took out the Listed William Crockett Stakes at Moonee Valley last spring.
Angelic Light was also Group 1-placed at 1200 metres in the Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville in April.
Octavia carried a light weight to win over the Caulfield 1200-metre course at her last run as a three-year-old on July 27 before returning to the venue for her Cockram Stakes win.
The mare was able to find the front from barrier six before defying all challenges to give Holy Roman Emperor his first Group winner in Australia by a long neck.
“This is a race that we won with Pernod and she went on and won a Group 1, so I hope this filly can go on and do the same,” Octavia’s trainer Mike Moroney said.
Paul Moroney paid just $42,000 out of the Newgate Farm draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. The $90,000 first prizemoney took Octavia’s earnings to more than $340,000.
The 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale has also produced South Australian Derby winner Escado, the brilliant sprinting filly Snitzerland, Angelic Light and the Group 2 winner Hvasstan.
Another son of Holy Roman Emperor in the catalogue at the same sale was the David Payne-trained Honorius (Holy Roman Emperor – Zarinia, by Intikhab), who won the Clubs NSW Spring Preview (1400m) at Rosehill.
Honorius was withdrawn from the Oaklands Junction sale but took his earnings past $380,000 when he posted his third win from 20 starts at his first run since his Group 1 Queensland Derby placing in June.
Honorius is a half-brother to the brilliant South African mare Igugu (Galileo – Zarinia, by Intikhab).