|After two weekends of frustration Kembla
Granges Bede Murray has been rewarded with a feature race win after his top class
filly Victory Vein won todays Group One AJC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick.
The daughter of Mr. Henrysee was well back in the field early before
coming with a strong late run to claim the race favourite and fellow Golden Slipper
placegetter Choisir over the concluding stages.
Victory Vein was considered the best filly in the field in
last Saturday weeks Golden Slipper at Rosehill but on the day she was unable to hold
out the Queensland youngster Calaway Gal.
In the run to the line in today's Group One feature Victory
Vein had cleared away from her rivals to win by two and a quarter lengths. Choisir, who
hit the front in the home straight, held on to finish second just ahead of the John Hawkes
trained Planchet. Snowland was fourth.
Todays win was a welcome change of luck for Murray
who had walked away with three heartbreaking second placings in feature races in Sydney
over the past ten days.
As well as Victory Veins second placing to Calaway
Gal, the Slipper meeting gave the veteran trainer a major race second placegetter when his
dashing stayer Universal Prince was run down in the million dollar The BMW Stakes by last
seasons Cup Champion, the recently retired Ethereal. On the day both Victory Vein
and Universal Prince looked the winners at the 200 metre mark of their respective races
before being swamped late by the winners.
Yesterday feeling his luck was ready to change Murray
saddled up two well credentialled runners in the million dollar Heroic Championship, but
again he found a rival in Pillaging too good on the day. When the runners hit the line
Pillaging held a narrow margin over the Murray trained Half Hennessy, while another Murray
trained galloper Recruiting was third.
The rider of Half Hennessy fired in a protest against
Pillaging being declared the winner of the Heroic Championship, but stewards dismissed the
objection after hearing from all of the connections.
PIC - Quentin