|Hong Kong based racehorse
enthusiast Dr Gene Tsoi has made a successful hit-run trip to Australia to see his boom
filly Elegant Fashion continue her dramatic rise up the racing ranks when she scored a
grinding win over the kiwi Damaschino is this afternoons $508,000 Rosemout Estate
Oaks at Moonee Valley.
The filly, a daughter of the
former champion three-year-old Danewin, won her third consecutive race in what has been a
remarkable campaign in Melbourne.
"This is a super filly," a beaming trainer Tony
McEvoy reiterated again at the Valley after another feature win.
"We keep putting her up a notch and she seems to take the next
step in her stride. She is a serious top class galloper."
McEvoy then wrapped the filly saying she was "the best
filly Ive had anything to do with in my time at Lindsay Park." A huge wrap
coming from a man who watched the likes of Special, La Baraka, Miss Margaret, Leica Smile,
Catnipped, Lolita Star, Lan Kwai Fong, Nina Haraka, Lady of the Pines and Market Price
gallop to group glory.
Tsoi, whos been a client at Lindsay Park for
"over ten years" was delighted his exciting filly was able to win this
"It was a great win. Greg (winning jockey Greg Childs)
again rode her well and Tony and everyone at Lindsay Park has done a great job with
her," Dr Tsoi said.
"I remember (the late) Peter Hayes
about a year ago telling me the filly was going to be good and he is a great judge."
Tsoi, who has raced a number of top gallopers with Lindsay
Park including the former Group One star Seascay, was seeing the filly race for the first
time during an incredible rise through the ranks.
"People must remember this is her first racing
preparation and she has already achieved so much," McEvoy added.
A decision on whether Elegant Fashion heads to Sydney or
Adelaide will be answered in "the next few days."
"Sydney is obviously a great lure with so much
prizemoney on offer," McEvoy said. "But there is also the option for the Group
One Oaks in Adelaide as well."
"If we were to go to
Adelaide she wont have to worry about adjusting too much. She knows the surroundings
at home (at Lindsay Parks Angaston property) and wont be required to race in
the other direction," he added.
Many feel Tsoi is favouring a start in Sydney, while McEvoy
appears to be swaying in the direction of Adelaide. Whoever "wins out" and
wherever the filly heads she is sure to command plenty of attention.
Meanwhile, Moon Dragon, who was again beaten out of a place
in todays race, will press on for Group One company.
"Shell have a few weeks off and then well
send her to Adelaide," Swettenhams Adam Sangster said. "She is a quality
filly, we know that, and Im sure she has lost some confidence over the last few
PICS Quentin Lang.