Rosehill took centre stage on Saturday as five Group 1’s headlined a brilliant day of racing.
There was a lot of chat in the lead-up to Saturday surrounding stables and connections flying in international jockeys for feature racedays. William Buick and Frankie Dettori had a spring to forget in Australia, so the conversation surrounding international jockeys wasn’t overly positive leading into Saturday.
Ryan Moore silenced any critics very quickly as the superstar hoop booted home his only two rides of the day… Including the Golden Slipper.
Moore gave Shinzo a textbook ride in the two-year-old feature, settling the Coolmore colt two pairs back on the fence and barely went around a horse to power past well-supported favourite Cylinder late.
It was an easy watch for Moore’s supporters earlier on in the day as he combined with the William Haggas-trained Dubai Honour in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes.
Nash Lifts Lindermann In Guineas
There isn’t another jockey in the world you would want in a tight finish than Nash Rawiller and the gun hoop was at it again in the Rosehill Guineas. Rawiller provided yet another perfect front-running ride aboard the Chris Waller-trained colt to secure his maiden Group 1 victory.
After predominantly being ridden off-speed, Rawiller has changed the way Lindermann has raced this campaign with two positive rides. His all-the-way win at Rosehill two starts ago in blistering time suggested that the colt was best ridden in front and he confirmed it on Saturday, holding off a late challenge by race-favourite Pericles.
Lindermann also confirmed once again that the Randwick Guineas is the key lead-up to the Rosehill Guineas, making it six years in a row the Rosehill Guineas has come through the mile feature a fortnight beforehand.
It is important to not for Pericles supporters to not drop off despite his defeat after the favourite melted in the mounting yard before the race.
Joseph Pride The King Of Improving Tried Horses
Joseph Pride’s training talent was on show once again on Saturday as he secured another victory in The Galaxy with an ex-Victorian horse. Mariamia was too strong for her opposition in the Group 1 sprint, two years after Eduardo won the race.
Pride trained Eduardo to The Galaxy after the talented sprinter arrived at his stable when failing to reach his potential in Victoria.
Mariamia’s last win in Victoria before joining Pride came in a Benchmark 64 at The Valley. Now in nine starts for her new stable, the six-year-old mare is a Group 1 winner.
The daughter of Toronado has won four of those nine starts and completed her tremendous transformation on Saturday, also delivering young gun hoop Tyler Schiller his first Group 1 victory in the saddle.
Brightside Dancing After Mile Win
Ben and JD Hayes were under immense pressure when taking over the reins of Lindsay Park and the young trainers added another notch to their belt when winning the All-Star Mile with Mr Brightside.
The former kiwi has been sensational since arriving in Australia, winning 10 of 21 starts. It is the second major mile victory for Mr Brightside after winning last year’s Doncaster Mile at Randwick.
With Craig Williams unable to ride after his fall at Flemington last week, Luke Currie made full use of the opportunity to ride Mr Brightside. Currie settled Mr Brightside just off the hot pace set-up by Keats, presenting the five-year-old at the turn as he travelled strongly into the race.
Mr Brightside was too strong for an eye-catching Cascadian and brave The Inevitable.
Michelle Five-Fa For Thompson
Ben Thompson notched up his maiden Group 1 win in the Oakleigh Plate last month and he continues to grow from strength to strength.
One of the form jockeys in the country, Thompson was near unbeatable on the annual QTIS Jewel race day at Doomben, winning five races, including taking out both $500,000 features.
The annual QTIS Jewel meeting was transferred to Doomben from the Gold Coast this year due to the major upgrades currently underway on the coast.
Ben Thompson Doomben Winners:
Race 2. Navajo Peak ($2.60)
Race 3. Red Wave ($4.20)
Race 6. Sweet Margot May ($6)
Race 7. Mishani Royale ($3.20)
Race 8. All That Pizzaz ($3.20)