Who looked the best out of the weekend's black-type races at Morphettville?
Group 3 R N Irwin Stakes
Locally trained mare Viddora showed that she will be a serious contender in the $1 Million Group 1 UBET Classic on Saturday 6 May. After a slow start, she was ridden to perfection by Western Australian hoop Chris Parnham as she hugged the rails for most of the run and hit the lead at the 100m to record a great victory over the fast finishing Illustrious Lad.
Illustrious Lad should improve on the run after he was wide for most of the trip and he will head onto the $1 Million Group 1 Darley Goodwood along with stablemate Malaguerra.
The Ciaron Maher trained Petits Filous looked to be the winner at the 300m but tired in the final 100m to finish fifth. There is plenty of scope for improvement with her also, as it was just her second run back since competing in last year’s Group 1 Darley Goodwood.
The Lloyd Kennewell trained Viddora was a $13 chance for the Group 1 UBET Classic last week and since her win on Saturday has come into $7 on the UBET Market.
Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes
The ride of the day from John Allen helped heavily backed favourite Kenedna get the win in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes.
Kenedna was $4.20 - $2.70 with UBET and after getting caught in traffic in the home straight, Allen managed to get the filly out at the 200m mark and by the 100m she hit the front from With a Bit of Dash to record a 1.6 length win. Kenedna looks likely start favourite in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks in two weeks’ time after her win.
The Chris Bieg trained With a Bit of Dash was superb once again, gaining a lovely rails run only to be beaten by Kenedna for the second time in a fortnight.
New Zealand galloper Savvy Dreams was a bit unlucky in her run getting caught in traffic late in the home straight and won’t have lost too many admirers as she heads on to the Group 1 Oaks.
Sebring Dream, Sedanzer and Smart as You Think will appreciate the extra distance in the Oaks as they all flew home late in the Schweppervescence.
Listed Redelva Stakes
Northern Territory galloper Desert Lashes kept her unbeaten record in tact after leading all the way to record her eighth victory in a row. The filly shot out of barrier 11 and took the lead which she held for the whole race and kicked away at the 200m to record a very impressive victory.
Desert Lashes was a $2,100 purchase and after Saturday’s win she has now amassed $236,000 in prizemoney. Her next start will be in either the $500,000 Group 2 Euclase Stakes or the $1 Million Group 1 UBET Classic on Saturday 6 May.
Balancing Act and So You Too were very strong in the final 100m to finish second and third respectively