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Maribyrnong Trial Stakes 1000 m Time 57.51

Trainer, David Hayes, comment on Nomothaj, “We went into the race knowing she was a good filly, however, we were not as confident about her as we were with last year’s winner, Madeenaty.

“This filly, I thought at three different stages of the race a couple of horses were going as well as her, however, she fought on like a tiger, we have a nice filly here.”

“She is a straight forward filly with potential and she is by Snitzel, and when they work well they generally run well.”

When asked how many two old years he had in the stable? Hayes said,” most are in the spelling paddocks, all up we have 120 on the books.”

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David Hayes

Antler Luggage Stakes 1400 m Time 1.23.95

Trainer, Darren Weir, commenting on Snitzepeg, the first of a winning double,” I was in two minds whether to scratch or not, however he got the perfect run and the perfect ride, he has come on for sure, when things go the right way anything can happen.”

“Yesterday I didn’t think he was good enough, I was going to scratch him and go for the Carbine Club Stakes on Derby Day.”

“He has come on from his previous run, it’s amazing when you can get the right run in a race, how things can go your way. “

“He has come on from his last run here, but I wasn’t sure of how well be had come on.”

“Peter Laws has spent a lot of money on horses and yearlings, fortunately he has sent a couple to Hong Kong, he has got the result he wanted, and to get a win with this horse at Flemington is terrific.”

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Darren Weir

UCI Stakes 1800m Time 1.49.49

Co Trainer Natalie Young was over the noon with the win of Main Stage, commenting, “how about that?” Her partner, Trent Busuttin, was up in Sydney with Sully, engaged in the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick.

“That was a very good win today, he ran home like a genuine staying horse, a Derby prospect,”said Natalie.

“He came from last at the 800 metres, while he was going around every horse in the race I didn’t think we were going to make it, “she said

The gelding trained at Cranbourne, he is coming right at the right time, with the Derby over 2500 metres a month away.

He was ridden patiently by Michael Walker; he allowed the gelding to get properly balanced before he called on him.

While lightly raced he has the potential and the makings of a stayer his sire, Reliable Man, won 5 races in the UK over 2000 metres to 2400 metres, he will have another run before the Derby in the Caulfield Classic, on Caulfield Cup day.

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Natalie Young

Gilgai Stakes 1200 m time 1.09.28

Trainer David Hayes comment on Keen Array” he had the right attitude today, he wanted to get on with the job he led for much of the way and he fought on very gamely.”

He commented,” You have to be up there when the pace drops off or otherwise you are left right out.”

“When I first started training it was the swoopers that were winning the straight races, that seems to have changed.”

‘He handles the straight that the race on Derby Day is likely to be, the Group1 Coolmore Stud Stakes 1200 metres that will be his next run.”

Seppelt Turnbull Stakes 2000 m Time 2.02.07

Chris Waller comment on Winx, “she is a brilliant horse, what you ask her to do she does it, it’s as simple as that, there is always a lot pressure, it is a relief when the race is over.”

“The pressure is always there, I remember going into the first Cox Plate with no training for a horse like Winx, she made it all that easy.”

“She will have a easy time ahead of the Cox Plate, she needs to be at her best for every race, especially for her third Cox Plate. “

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C hris Waller

"There’s no training manual for a horse like Winx, she makes us all look good, she has an ideal temperament that is the most essential ingredient in a champion, they all have it, she walked around the Flemington mounting yard as if she was born there.

She doesn’t even turn a hair or even an eyelash, she is the complete athlete, she is there to compete, the true professional.

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Edward Manifold Stakes 1600 m Time 1.38.33

Michael Shepardson Stable Foreman for Tony McEvoy, comments on Bring Me Roses, “although she was still a maiden, she has always shown us a lot of promise, she has been stakes placed a couple of times, Tony was excited to get her onto the big track here at Flemington and see what she could do.”

“It was a nice ride by Luke Currie, she will now press onto the Wakeful Stakes and the Oaks, she has good condition on her side, this win will help to bring her on.”

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Michael Shepardson

The Bart Cummings 2500 m Time 2.37.83

Trainer Darren Weir comments on Amelia’s Star,” it is amazing barrier positions make in racing, last start at Caulfield she drew wide and had to go back to an impossible position, no fault with anyone, that is just the way she had to be ridden.’

“Today she drew the good barrier, got the perfect run and we got the result, just like Almandin got the perfect run last time.”

“He drew a bit wide today and had too much work to do, barrier positions are very important; it is a big part in winning races.”

“She ran terrific to the line; we are obviously trying to get into the Caulfield Cup, if not the Melbourne Cup.”

If she happens to win one of the Cups she would create anomaly, as her sire, Testa Rossa, won a Magic Millions.


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