Four-year-old gelding Rialya (Kempinsky – Ettu Blu, by Prince Echo) has provided his sire Kempinsky (Danehill – Tristalove, by Sir Tristram) with the biggest win of his stallion career in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m).
Rialya is one of two Stakes winners for the Group 2-winning stallion with the talented four-year-old Chateau Fort (Kempinsky – Chouette, by Dolphin Street) the sire’s other Stakes performer.
Riayla had to do it the hard way to win the Adelaide Cup. The gelding raced handy to the pace before prevailing in a two-horse battled with the imported stayer Drunken Sailor (Tendulkar – Ronni Pancake, by Mujadil), who made the race a staying test when his rider Damien Oliver went for home on him before the home turn.
Drunken Sailor headed Rialya before the younger stayer fought back under the hard riding of experienced jockey Shayne Cahill to score by a short half-head.
The Group 3 Mornington Cup winner Norsqui (Matsqui – Esprit du Nord, by Celtic Spirit) worked home into third.
The Adelaide Cup success was Rialya’s seventh from 24 starts with the $254,600 winner’s cheque pushing his prizemoney tally to more than$400,000.
Retained to race by his owner, L Koumi, Rialya is one of five winners from five to race out of the Prince Echo (Crowned Prince – Dawn Echo, by Don).
Earlier, Rubiton (Century – Ruby, by Seventh Hussar) gelding Verco Road (Rubiton – Bells Are Tolling, by Tolomeo) provided his sire with his 42nd individual Stakes winner with his success in the Listed C S Hayes¬† Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville.
Verco Road won the ninth race of his career when the eight-year-old defeated Finiguerra (Niello – Gold Choice, by Final Card) and Road Warrior (Street Cry – Jeuneola Star, by Jeune).