At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) celebrated an elite race success when 6YO grey gelding Pounamu (Authorized-Tangiwai, by Street Cry) landed the biggest prize of his career when unleashing his trademark late flourish to score a minor upset win in the $1 million Gr1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) for 3YO+, defeating Material Man & Achernar Star. The former NSW-trained Pounamu, who was placed at Gr3 level in the Gloaming Stakes & Spring Stakes in Sydney as a 3YO, improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr3 Asian Beau Stakes & Listed Detonator Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr3 WATC Strickland Stakes, Gr3 Gloaming Stakes & Gr3 Spring Stakes) from 37 starts for $1,122,530 in earnings. "He came here [from Sydney] and won a couple of races and then was the biggest bridesmaid in WA," trainer Alan Mathews told Sky Racing. "We always said he had the ability, but he just didn't have the concentration span to get his head around doing it at the right time." He added: "We set this horse for the race; second-up into the Railway, third-up into this and it's all gone to plan." Matthews said Pounamu may head to the Gr2 Perth Cup (2400m) on 1 January but fears he may now be weighted out of the race.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the final Group 1 race of the year, the $1 million weight-for-age Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth this Saturday. Black Heart Bart, who will be chasing his sixth Group 1 victory, is the current $3.40 TAB fixed odds favourite for the race, ahead of Godolphin import It's Somewhat at $4.60 and local mare Perfect Jewel at $6. Perennial bridesmaid Tom Melbourne is the only other runner under double figure odds at $8. The field is:
At Ascot in Perth, Western Australia, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Perfect Jewel (Redoute's Choice-Star Encounter, by Jeune) claimed her second stakes victory with a strong win in the $500,000 Gr2 WA Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Achernar Star & Art Series. A homebred for prominent WA owner and breeder Bob Peters, Perfect Jewel is out of the Listed Pinjarra Cup (2400m) winner Star Encounter and is a half-sister to Gr2 Perth Cup winner Star Exhibit and a full-sister to Listed Natasha Stakes winner Royal Star. She improved her record to 4 wins (including the Listed Belgravia Stakes) from 5 starts for $432,280 in earnings.
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Emirates Park Stud's & Aquis Farm's Gr1 Australian Guineas winning stallion Al Maher (Danehill-Show Dancing, by Don't Say Halo) added a black-type success when 3YO bay colt Money Maher (Al Maher-Treasury Notes, by Special Bond) claimed his maiden stakes victory when scoring a barnstorming win in the $100,000 Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs colts & geldings, defeating Achernar Star & Reykjavik. A $58,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Bucklee farm, Money Maher improved his record to 3 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr3 WATC Sires Produce Stakes) from 9 starts for $136,800 in earnings.
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a Group success when 2YO filly Lucy Mae (Stratum-Razzia, by Scenic) scored by 0.25 length for trainer Ted Martinovich in the $500,000 Gr2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) for 2YOs, over 2YO gelding Achernar Star (Gingerbread Man-Morine, by Danetime) & 2YO colt Debellatio (Smart Missile-Velasco, by Flying Spur). Lucy Mae, who was an $80,000 purchase at the 2016 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Scenic Lodge, improved her record to 2 wins (including the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic) and 2 placings (including the Gr3 WATC Gimcrack Stakes) from 5 starts for $494,950 earnings.
At Pinjarra Park in Western Australia, Widden Stud's Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a restricted black-type success when 2YO chestnut filly Lucy Mae (Stratum-Razzia, by Scenic) scored by 0.3 length for trainer Ted Martinovich in the $250,000 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m), over 2YO geldings Achernar Star (Gingerbread Man-Morine, by Danetime) & Colourful Charade (Oratorio-Agribiz, by Key Business). Lucy Mae, who was an $80,000 purchase by Martin Epis at the 2015 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Scenic Lodge, improved her record to 1 win and 1 placing from 3 starts for $158,200 earnings. Trainer Ted Martinovich commented: "There's not much to her, but she really tried hard and I couldn't be happier." The filly is raced by Martin Epis in partnership with Isobel Ledden - both saying how proud they were of their young star. "Lucy Mae is named after my granddaughter from Kalgoorlie - a special girl and now this filly is very special as well," Ledden said.
The final field has been declared for the $250,000 Listed (R) Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) to be run at Pinjarra Park this Saturday, 11 February. The barrier draw will be conducted today at 5:00pm (local time) at the Owners Only Expo at Elizabeth Quay. The final field is:
1. ACHERNAR STAR 2G 56.5kg (SIMON MILLER)
2. KENTOO 2C 56.5kg (STEPHEN MILLER)
3. THE SHOE 2G 56.5kg (STEPHEN MILLER)
4. RIASC 2G 56.5kg (BRENT ALBUINO)
5. MY DEMI 2C 56.5kg (DAVID HARRISON)
6. COLOURFUL CHARADE 2G 56.5kg (WALLY MITCHELL)
7. FROSTY BEVERAGE 2G 56.5kg (DANIEL MORTON)
8. TURBO POWER 2C 56.5kg (NEVILLE PARNHAM)
9. AL DI LA 2G 56.5kg (PHILLIP MCLEOD)
10. PELICAN PICK 2G 56.5kg (ASHLEY MALEY)
11. LUCY MAE 2F 54.5kg (TED MARTINOVICH)
12. THUNDERSTRUT 2F 54.5kg (LINDSEY SMITH)
13. IZ THAT RIGHT 2F 54.5kg (TED MARTINOVICH)
14. PRUE 2F 54.5kg (BRENT ALBUINO)