three-year-old crop was a fine bunch of gallopers indeed. Probably one of the best we have
had in recent years.
Carnegie Express, Dash for Cash,
Don Eduardo, Ha Ha, Lonhro, Magical Miss, Mistegic, North Boy and Viscount were all stars
during the past twelve months for their respective records.
Could have Carnegie Express head defeat at the hands
of Don Eduardo in the AJC Derby at Randwick in late March been enough for Lonhro to grab
Carnegie Express, one of the stars for a big year for Gai
Waterhouse, was beaten at his first outing of the season, and in fact career, when he was
beaten a touch on two lengths in a 1200 metre maiden at Newcastle.
After that point the son of the Arc winner Carnegie win six
straight races including the Group One double of the Rosehill and Canterbury Guineas. But
attempting the triple crown of the three-year-old staying features in Sydney the bay
gelding was grabbed in the shadows of the post by a rising star from Melbourne.
A son of the former champion galloper Octagonal, Lonhro is the only contender in
any division of the awards to have been unbeaten during the season.
Between his win in the Warwick Stakes in August and his
Hobartville Stakes in February, Lonhro had won seven from seven and stakes of over one and
a quarter million dollars.
Dash for Cash relished his string of races in the autumn, a
period in which he won four straight races all at Group level.
After wins in the Australia Day Vase at Caulfield and the Debonair
at Flemington, the Rick Hore-Lacy trained grey colt held out Royal Code in the Cadbury
(Australia) Guineas at Flemington.
At his next start the son of Secret Savings held out
Chattanooga and a bunch of older gallopers to triumph in the 1400 metres Futurity Stakes
Earlier that season Dash for Cash had placed in the Vain
Stakes (second to North Boy), Bobby Lewis Quality (second to Scenic Peak), Bill Stutt
Stakes (second to Viscount), Christmas Stakes (second to Intelligent Star) and the Magic
Millions Trophy (third to Ha Ha).
Lee Freedman unearthed a possible Japan Cup winner when Don
Eduardo continued his meteoric rise through racings grades to win the AJC Derby at
Randwick. The win made up for his second placing to Carnegie Express in the Derbys
major lead up, the Rosehill Guineas.
Prior to his sojourn to Sydney the record breaking yearling purchase
has strung together a couple of wins in weak grade at Bendigo before winning a listed and
then group three race at his home track of Caulfield.
A son of the mighty Zabeel, Don Eduardo remains the highest
priced yearling sold in the southern hemisphere. A three quarter brother to the champion
Octagonal, Don Eduardo is one of the more exciting gallopers in the country and
connections are confident he will continue to take the next step.
The best of the fairer sex for crop was clearly the
Waterhouse trained daughter of Danehill, Ha Ha.
A Golden Slipper winner at two, Ha Ha resumed the new
season with a devastating win over Hosannah and Oomph in the Silver Shadow Stakes. After a
third in the Furious she made the G2 Tea Rose Stakes her own with another easy win.
A Group One win was next when he held
out Moonflute win the Flight Stakes, a race won last year by the ill fated Unworldly, at
Sent to Melbourne by Waterhouse, the Singleton and Ferguson
owned filly was gunned down in the final couple of strides by the future Cummings trained
Oaks winner Magical Miss in the Group One Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.
Her other two wins for the season came in the Group Two
Apollo Stakes, when she donkey-licked El Mirada and Tie the Knot and a win in the Magic
Million Trophy in sweltering conditions on the Gold Coast in January.
The star Melbourne three-year-old filly of the season was
the expensive Danehill filly Magical Miss, a member of the Bart Cummings stable.
Owned by Perth based businessman Bill Wyllie and his wife
Rhonda, Magical Miss virtually came from nowhere when she won the Thousand Guineas at
Group One level at Caulfield in October.
Then two starts later she scored one of the most impressive Group
One wins of the season when she bounded to a five length win in the Crown Oaks at
A winner at two in her previous season, Magical Miss is
from the Spectacular Bid mare Hooked Bid and her record currently stands at nine starts
for three wins, two seconds and a third.
Two Melbourne based sprinting youngsters also shone during
the season, their names being Mistegic and North Boy.
Mistegic, a Sydneysider trained by Lee Curtis, resumed at
the start of the season at Kensington for a shock win at 40/1 in the Group Two San
Domenico Stakes. Following placings in the Roman Consul Stakes (G3) and the Starlight
Stakes (LR) he was sent south.
At his only two Melbourne runs during the Victorian Spring Carnival the son of
Strategic scored comprehensive wins in the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield and the Schweppes
Stakes at Moonee Valley both Group Two events.
Returning to the track in January the gelding was placed in
the G2 Challenge Stakes at Warwick Farm, the G1 Lighting Stakes at Flemington, the G1
Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield and the G1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.
After so many near misses Curtis decided to pop back to
Sydney where he won that citys feature sprint the G1 The Galaxy at Randwick
in a fighting display over Century Kid and Excellerator. He wound out the season with a
handy fourth to the bolter Phoenix Park in the TJ Smith (G2), also at Randwick.
North Boy, a member of the powerful Tony McEvoy establishment, will be best
remembered for his overseas triumph in Singapore, but sadly for connections that effort
cannot be taken into consideration.
A son of Rorys Jester, North Boy won three races
during the season including the Group Two Ascot Vale Stakes at Flemington and the listed
Vain Stakes at Sandown. He was also a winner with a big weight at Caulfield.
Among his fighting placings were an inch defeat in the
Newmarket Handicap by Rubitano and an unlucky third to Toledo in the Australia Stakes at
Last, but by no means least, is another John Hawkes trained
youngster Viscount, a son of the dual hemisphere siring success story Quest for Fame.
During the season his best win came when he gunned
down the older horses including the brilliant Shogun Lodge in the George Main Stakes.
At his very next start he made the Group Two Bill Stutt
Stakes a one act affair by thrashing Dash for Cash and Amalfi by two lengths.
But the recently retired colt will probably be best
remembered in defeat. His unlucky third in the Cox Plate to Northerly and Sunline in
October will be fresh in the minds of most.
A well bred colt out of Sir Tristrams daughter
Antwerp, Viscount is expected to poll a significant slice of the votes for his George Main
triumph and his mighty third in the Cox Plate.
While wrapping a classy crop of three-year-olds mentions
must go to the likes of Amalfi, Pure Theatre, Royal Code, Li Lo Lill, Chong Tong,
Ugachaka, Pentastic, Viking Ruler, Magic Albert, Hosannah, Barkada, Silver Baron, Republic
Lass, Sixty Seconds, Manang, Pantani, Honor Lap, County Tyrone, Moonflute, Ustinov, Tully
Thunder, Elegant Fashion, She's Archie, Gold Lottey and Quays! Boy what a classic season
PRIZEMONEY RANKINGS (for 3YO season
|Dash for Cash
For the record my vote went to Lonhro.
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