CIARON Maher and David Eustace got a great return on their Irish-bred imports over the weekend winning three metropolitan races.
At Moonee Valley on Saturday the Charm Spirit gelding Mayfair Spirit won over 1,600 metres before a second former Charlie Fellows starter, Mankayan, by Intello, took out the following race over 2,040 metres.
The pair are both owned by Australian Bloodstock-led syndicates.
In Sydney the stable tasted further success with the Irish-bred Impulsar winning the Gold Coast Turf Club Handicap over 2,400 metres at Randwick, improving his Australian record to three wins from four starts.
Beginning with Joseph O’Brien, the Frankel gelding won his maiden at Dundalk before his breeders Fairway Thoroughbreds sent him to Australia after two starts. Owner John Camilleri had James Harron go to €1.5 million at the 2013 Arqana Deauville Yearling Sale to top the sale when purchasing Impulsar’s dam, the Irish-bred Dubawi mare Propel who remained unraced.
TOM Sherry is out to improve on his 30 metropolitan winners from last season, landing his second city win of the season from just seven rides so far this month. Sherry won on the $7 chance Scorched Land for the Newcastle trainer Todd Howlett at Randwick, defeating the David Payne-trained race favourite Bazooka by two lengths.
“We just had a perfect run off the back of the favourite. He took us everywhere we needed to be,” said Sherry. “I was really happy with how he quickened and he was strong to the line, there’s plenty of wins left in store for him.”
CHRIS Waller completed a double at Randwick on Saturday following the win of Zougotcha in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes over 1,200 metres for three-year-old-fillies.
Lightly raced with just four starts under her belt, the Zoustar filly powered through on the inside as the field drifted wide in search of better ground in the straight.
Winning by over a length she has now put herself in the frame for the Princess Series in Sydney. “It was a nice effort and she just felt on today from the moment I got on her in the prelim and when she left the gates she was just on,” said jockey Willie Pike. “All I had to do was steer her and she took over and did the rest.”
Out of the Fastnet Rock mare Fast Talker and costing A$500,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Zougotcha defeated the I Am Invincible filly In Secret with another Zoustar filly, North Star in third.
“She’s pretty much like Zoustar really,” said Waller who trained the Coolmore Stud Stakes winner now standing at Widden Stud. “It is good to see him putting so much into his progeny. They are exciting horses and she is an example of that. It is a historical series (the Princess Series) that normally sees good horses perform. If we can get her through to a Flight Stakes, that would be fantastic, but one step at a time.”
The Group 1 Flight Stakes over 1,600 metres at Randwick will be run on October 1st.