At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, 6YO Irish-bred gelding Plot Twist (Champs Elysee-Bryanstown Girl, by Kalanisi) claimed the first stakes victory of his career when scoring by 1.5 lengths for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $150,000 Gr3 The Queen's Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, defeating Anton En Avant & Megablast. Plot Twist, who is now unbeaten in his three starts over 3200 metres, improved his record to 6 wins and 1 placing from 23 starts for $277,640 in earnings. Peter Snowden said Plot Twist will now be spelled and aimed at next year's Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville. "He did a great job. He's a real two-miler," Snowden told Racing Queensland. "It was a great result and he was weighted to run a big race."
The $160,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) to be run at Grafton on the NSW North Coast today has attracted a capacity field of 16 runners plus four emergencies. The favourite for the 2018 edition of the race is the Chris Munce-trained First Crush ($3.80 fixed odds with TAB) who is coming off an excellent second to talented Kiwi stayer Megablast in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) on the Sunshine Coast. Next in the market is John Thompson-trained Reneged at $4.80, ahead of Jumbo Prince at $6 and Montauk and Anton En Avant both at $7. The Grafton Cup will be run at 4:05pm AEST.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred mare Sedanzer (Sebring-Voltdanze, by Danzero) outclassed her rivals when bounding to a dominant win in the $300,000 Gr2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) for 3YO+, defeating Anton En Avant & Kiwia. Sedanzer, who was purchased by Blueblood Thoroughbreds for $125,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Three bridges Thoroughbreds, improved her record to 8 wins (including the Listed Darley Scone Cup) and 3 placings (including the Gr3 Gosford Belle of the Turf Handicap) from 18 starts for $786,221 in earnings.
At Doomben racecourse in Queensland, Darley's three-time Gr1-winning world-class shuttle sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group race success when 8YO Australian-bred gelding Anton En Avant (Dubawi-Critical Miss, by Desert Prince) posted the mother of all upsets when scoring at odds of 150-1 in the $125,000 Gr3 Chairman's Handicap (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Lovani & Rising Red. Purchased by Vin Cox for $7,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale from Darley Stud, Anton En Avant improved his record to 12 wins and 13 placings from 53 starts for $408,058 in earnings.