While Oohood is clearly the pin-up girl insofar as Maiden gallopers go with almost $1 million in earnings and three Gr1 placings to her name, the Tony McEvoy stable did, until Tuesday, have another filly with multiple stakes performances that just couldn’t shake the monkey off her back. Sent off at a prohibitive $1.28 quote in a Geelong Maiden over 1300m, Aristocratic Miss was kept out of trouble, and allowed to join the fray once the field entered the straight to career away for a close to 5-length victory. Looking every inch a filly going places, the daughter of Foxwedge had plenty of form to frank the price. Placed on debut in the Ottawa Stakes at Flemington during the Spring Carnival, the flashy chestnut was in the frame in the Inglis 2YO at Caulfield, sixth in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes and a closeup fourth in the VRC Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes before heading to Sydney where she placed in both the Gr3 Schweppervescence and Listed China Horse Club Mile. McEvoy is reportedly considering targeting the Gr1 Thousand Guineas with Aristocratic Miss.
On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Futooh (Sebring-Golden Millennium, by Dubawi) unleashed a strong sprint along the inside fence to win the $150,000 Listed China Horse Club Mile (1600m) for 2YOs, defeating Muswellbrook & Aristocratic Miss. This was the first stakes victory for Futooh who improved her record to 2 wins from 6 starts for $169,450 in earnings. Futooh, who is out of the Listed ATC Keith Mackay Handicap winner Golden Millennium, was a $375,000 purchase by Shadwell Australasia at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Sledmere Stud.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's six-time Gr1 winner & former New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel, by Zabeel) sired his first stakes winner when 2YO Australian-bred colt Irukandji (Dundeel-Cerberus Gal, by General Nediym) scored a strong front-running win in the $150,000 Gr3 The Schweppervescence (1400m) for 2YOs, defeating Aristocratic Miss & Spin. A $500,000 purchase by Spendthrift Australia at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Musk Creek farm, Irukandji improved his record to 1 win and 1 placing (the Listed VRC Football Stakes) from 4 starts for $113,025 in earnings. Meanwhile, Dundeel will be represented by 10 yearlings at next week's Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney.
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) added a restricted black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Kinky Boom (Spirit Of Boom-Kinka Rhode, by Encosta de Lago) unleashed an eye-catching turn of foot at the top of the straight to score a stylish win in the $250,000 Listed (R) Inglis Premier (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Grand Symphony & Aristocratic Miss. Trainer Tony McEvoy confirmed that Kinky Boom would now head to the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February. "I didn't expect her to be last early but it just shows the class of the horse and rider that she came through the field and was very impressive," McEvoy told racing.com. "That money gets us to the big dance. Three weeks out, it's too hard to pass up when you have a filly with this sort of ability. If she's well...I think we will be going to the Blue Diamond." Purchased by McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $40,000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale out of the Phoenix Broodmare Farm draft, Kinky Boom is part-owned by her breeder Eureka Stud in whose gold, black and red colours she races. "She's by this young stallion who is doing some tremendous things", McEvoy said of her sire Spirit Of Boom. "She came into my stable when Jenny McAlpine came and saw me at the sale in Melbourne, tugged my coat and said 'I want you to come and have a look at this filly that Scott's [Eureka Stud studmaster Scott McAlpine] brought down from Queensland'", McEvoy said. "She was a nice filly, presented well and she walked out nice so Scott said 'if you buy her I will keep a leg' and that's how it came about. It's just lovely with the McAlpines, I go back a long way with them with the Hayes family and it's just a really enjoyable result." Remarkably, Spirit of Boom now has nine individual winners and four stakes winners to his credit.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's multiple Gr1-winning shuttler & former star Australian sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer-Great Selection, by Lunchtime) added a Group race success when 2YO bay filly Setsuna (Choisir-Longoria, by Lujain) showed the benefit of experience when scoring a dominant front-running win in the $150,000 Gr3 Emirates 100th A380 Stakes (1000m) for 2YO fillies, defeating Roobeena & Aristocratic Miss. Racing in the colours of Darby Racing for a large syndicate of owners, Setsuna improved her record to 2 wins (including the Listed (R) Inglis Banner) and 1 placing (the Listed ATC Gimcrack Stakes) from 3 starts for $259,200 in earnings. Setsuna was passed in for $50,000 at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Manx Park. Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott will now turn their attention to next year's Golden Slipper. "She was very professional today," Bott told racing.com. "She's proven herself well and truly this preparation, so we'll look after her now, give her a good spell in the paddock and bring her back for a Golden Slipper campaign." Bott added: "That will give her enough prize money to hopefully qualify her into the Slipper."