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Stablemate Topples Favourite

Odds on favourite, Madeenaty, had just beaten off Sam’s Image after a determined challenge in the 3AW Football Stakes, when along came her stable mate, Ploverset, and blew both of them away to score by a long neck.

The winner, Ploverset, was having her first start, obviously she has some ability as it was a good effort, she drifted in the market to start at $21, whereas her stable companion, Madeenaty, was always favourite starting at odds on.

David Hayes offered some excuses for the beaten favourite Madeenaty saying, “she got a bit upset before the race and never got a lot of peace in front, we thought the winner was a nice filly but may have needed the run,” said David Hayes.

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Ploverset defeating her stable mate 

A sunny autumn day of 28 degrees did little to attract patrons to Flemington, the crowd numbering 8,443, compared to 11,660 at the corresponding meeting of last year.

With standing room in the mounting yard very much reduced, it was packed to capacity with just the one entrance, previously there were two.

It may not be a true reflection on current race crowds; however, the Victoria Racing Club will need to burn plenty of mid-night oil, as there is a lot of sorting to be done before the spring carnival arrives.

Bookmakers have suffered badly where they have been positioned, it is a bit like the passing parade, the only time they see people is when they are coming onto the course and going home.

Frances Tressady is a revered name at Flemington, and why not? She won the Derby and the Oaks in 1923, she was from the same family as Carlita who also won the Derby and the Oaks nine years earlier, both were from the same tap root, White And Blue, foaled in Germany in 1876.

The win of Turbo Miss earned the mare Black Type, while her pedigree cannot be altered her price tag can, she is now a very saleable mare, her value would at least tripled in the time it took her to run 1400 metres of the race.  

Former jockey, Darren Murphy, was standing in for the boss Darren Weir, who was absent, having a short break after a busy time at the various yearling sales.

Turbo Miss deserved her win; she has had a break of nine months off the scene and has been placed at Caulfield and Moonee Valley since returning to racing

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Turbo Miss wins the Frances Tressady.

 Ciaron Maher was the major buyer at the Premier Yearling Sales in Melbourne, he settled on 11 lots for a total of $2,780,000, with the highest Lot 259, a colt by I Am Invincible, for $1.4 million, he was sure to top the sale when bidding opened at half a million dollars.

The colt, a bay, was a half brother to the Newmarket winner The Quarterback, trained by Robbie Griffiths who was the under bidder on the colt.

The sale grossed $53,957,000 over the three days, the average being $120,000.

Four months have passed and still no decision has been reached in the cobolt episode, it is dragging on with no obvious decision in sight.

The pressure on both trainers is enormous and quite unnecessary, surely they are entitled to know where their future stands, both are married men with families, they are entitled to a better deal than they are receiving.

Hey Doc had a bit on his rivals with a convincing win in the Australian Guineas, he was surely the form horse in the field and that was how it worked out.

He was given the gun run by Luke Currie, the only time he came off the rails was momentary on the home turn and it didn’t take him long to get back there, on straightening up he soon had the issue under control.

Tony McEvoy has visions that Hey Doc will develop into a weight for age horse, he can run a strong mile and there are more wins in store with no studs to pick him up as he is a gelding.

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Hey Doc wins Guineas 

 Houtzen remains unbeaten after four starts, winning by four lengths at Eagle Farm, but whether she goes to Sydney for the Golden Slipper Stakes is doubtful.

The filly, by I Am Invincible, carried 63 kg (9 stone 13) in the old, but not a record as some may think.

That is safely held by Eye Liner, she had won seven races in succession when facing the starter in the Danndine Handicap with 69 kg (10-st 12lb), winning by six lengths at Eagle Farm.

A record crowd assembled for a final day at Randwick for the Champagne Stakes, just the six runners with the three best fillies in the land, Eye Liner, Reisling and Citius, and that is how they finished.  


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