COX PLATE TO ADELAIDE
Irish-Trained Son Of Galileo Defeats Fawkner
Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien ended the stranglehold of Australasian trainers on the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) when Adelaide (Galileo) swooped late under Ryan Moore to land the Moonee Valley showpiece yesterday.
O’Brien, who has not had a runner in Australia since clashing with the stewards following the 2008 Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m), became the first European trainer to plunder the $3,000,000 prize, ending his six-year absence with the aptly-named son of Galileo (Sadler’s Wells).
The globetrotting winner, who was third in the Prix Niel (Gr 2, 2400m) at Longchamp last month, was making his seventh start of the calendar year having won the Secretariat Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) in August, six weeks on from finishing second in the Belmont Derby (Gr 1, 10f).
A northern hemisphere-bred three-year-old, Adelaide was forced to start from barrier 13, and Moore was content to bid his time in the early stages, sitting last as customary front runner The Cleaner (Savoire Vivre), Tasmania’s first runner in the race, took 800 metres to find himself in front.
Fillies’ Classic To Lumosty
Lumosty (Fastnet Rock) lay down a striking marker for the VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) on Thursday week when justifying hot favouritism to land the Fillies’ Classic (Gr 2, 1600m) at Moonee Valley by two and a half lengths.
A disappointing eighth when favourite for the Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) earlier this month, punters appeared willing to overlook that blip, sending the Robert Smerdon-trained filly off at $1.70 to beat a nine-strong field that included Thousand Guineas fifth Tahni Dancer (Sebring).
Such market confidence was handsomely vindicated, with jockey Nick Hall taking Lumosty back into second following a smart break as Tender (All American) and Damien Oliver cut out the early fractions.
While the long-time leader came under pressure 300 metres out, Lumosty, wearing first-time blinkers, travelled smoothly on her outside, leading round the home bend and settling matters within a matter of strides.
Tahni Dancer came out of the pack to grab second, while there was a further length and three quarters back to Berimbau (Shamardal) in third.
Prince In Moonee Valley Cup
A tilt at the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) on Tuesday week remains unlikely for Prince Of Penzance (Pentire) despite a one and a quarter length victory in a dramatic renewal of the Moonee Valley Cup (Gr 2, 2500m).
The Darren Weir-trained five-year-old sat number 59 in the ballot for the Flemington showpiece before yesterday’s success, but even a two kilogram penalty would only see him rise to number 37 in the list.
Any extra burden will be announced by Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper on Monday, but unless an unusually high rate of attrition allowed Prince Of Penzance to make the field, connections are looking towards the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr 3, 2600m) at Flemington on 8 November as the next target.
In a race marred by incident, Michelle Payne anchored Prince Of Penzance at the rear through the early stages as French raider Au Revoir (Singspiel) led under Damien Oliver.
Despite ten lengths separating first and last passing through the 1000 metre pole, there was little change in the order until 400 metres out, with Oliver winding up the tempo as the home bend loomed.