Smart filly Metastasio (Street Cry – Libretto, by Singspiel) provided the first leg of a quick two-year-old stakes double for Darley stallion Street Cry (Machiavellian – Helen Street, by Troy) with her win in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.
Metastasio led throughout to win the Chairman’s Stakes in dominant fashion 10 minutes before Za Moulin Rouge produced a terrific debut performance to claim the Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville for trainer Mark Kavanagh.
Metastasio is not among the 49 third declarations for the Blue Diamond Stakes but her trainer Peter Snowden said he would advise the Darley operation to pay a $55,000 late entry fee to run the unbeaten youngster in the $1 million event on February 23.
“We have got to pay up for her but I am sure the team will be keen to get her there, as I am, in three weeks,” Snowden said. “I think she is a gifted athlete with a great turn of foot. For two-year-olds, that is rare and it is very good to have.
“I’ll talk to the team. It was a Listed race today so I think she’s earned it. She’s two for two so I think she has paid her way in there.”
Za Moulin Rouge, a $NZ320,000 purchase from the 2012 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale, played up in the gates but managed to eventually focus on the task at hand.
The filly settled third in the small field before extending like a promising type to score a comfortable 3-1/4-length win over the Victorian filly Sworn Revenge (Stratum – Dance Of Dreams, by Dehere).
Za Moulin Rouge is out of the classy mare La Sizeranne (Stravinsky – Tricia Ann, by Zabeel), who won the 2006 Winter Stakes (1400m) in Brisbane as well as two Group 3 events in New Zealand.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club paid $NZ170,000 for La Sizeranne’s colt by Bernardini (AP Indy – Cara Rafaela, by Quiet American) at last week’s 2013 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka.
The double strike left Street Cry with 60 stakes winners worldwide.