|The "Stevie Arnold Group Winning Show" at Moonee Valley stretched to
three consecutive races when the hot hoop piloted Spurn to victory in the Group Two
Sunline Stakes in a thrilling finish.
winning his sixth Group One race aboard Toledo in the Australia Stakes over 1200 metres,
and the previous race, the Group Two Alister Clark Stakes thanks to Royal Code, Arnold
continued his Group race domination with his success in the Sunline.
Spurn, a mare which Robert Smerdon had given up on this
time last year, claimed her second Group win in three starts in todays $130,000
A locally bred daughter of the Golden Slipper winner Flying
Spur, Spurn was faced with bone surgery after a leg injury which flared during a trip to
Adelaide at that citys Cup Carnival last year.
"We had to give her five and a
half months off after she has bone chips removed from a leg," Smerdon recalled.
"With Robert (breeder and owner Rob Crabtree) being a
breeder I felt he might like to retire to her stud at the time."
"Thankfully he told me to persist as he felt she
needed some black type to boost her value and (breeding) prospects," Smerdon said.
Crabtree then set a programme of four feature events which
the four-year-old mare would target in her black type hunt.
"From the four she was won two
(the Mannerism Stakes was the other) and placed in the other two so its
worked out great," Smerdon reflected.
Connections have indicated they will now send Spurn to the
paddock for a well deserved break.
"Shes earned a break and shell head to the
paddock now," Smerdon said.
Spurn had to pull out all stops to win the event after a
determined challenge by the last start Flemington winner Tickle My.
That mares trainer Bruce Purcell was proud with the
effort of his mare in the Sunline Stakes and she could also be heading for a break.
"There really isnt much else around for her
now," Purcell said.
PICS Quentin Lang.