On a quality card at Flemington in Melbourne, Darley's deceased Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a Group race success when potential-laden NZ-bred 3YO filly Rimraam (Commands-Swansea, by Singspiel) finally showed she is more than just a bridesmaid for trainers Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig with a 0.2-length win in the $150,000 Gr3 The Vanity (1400m) for 3YO fillies. Finishing close-up behind her were Bring Me Roses (High Chaparral-Freckled Face, by Polish Patriot) & Shokora (Nicconi-She's Cherryripe, by More Than Ready). Remarkably runner-up in her first four starts before saluting at Geelong at her fifth attempt, Rimraam has since placed in both the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes & Gr3 Ethereal Stakes, and finished a respectable seventh in the Gr1 Crown Oaks at Flemington. A $340,000 yearling puchase for Shadwell Stud Australia from the draft of Rosemont Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Rimraam's consistent record now stands at 2 wins & 6 placings from 9 starts for $193,530 earnings.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's Triple Crown winning Champion 2YO Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) celebrated an elite race success when beautifully bred 3YO bay filly Pinot (Pierro-Dizelle, by Zabeel) proved her staying prowess when outstaying her rivals in the $1 million Gr1 VRC Oaks (2500m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Bring Me Roses & Hiyaam. Purchased by Eclipse Thoroughbreds for $200,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud, Pinot improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes) and 2 placings from 6 starts for $733,275 in earnings. The blue blooded Pinot is out of the Gr1 Australian Oaks winner Dizelle, herself a full sister to champion Hong Kong galloper and 6-time Gr1 winner Vengeance of Rain. Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse, who was celebrating her very first win in the VRC Oaks, believes Pinot could develop into a Caulfield Cup horse next spring. “She came to Melbourne a maiden, with no accolades whatsoever, and all of my horses came here this spring as maidens or restricted horses,” racenet reported Waterhouse as saying. “But I just watched her walk around and she had her neck down as though ‘Hey man I’ve been here 1000 times before’”. Waterhouse added: “She might be our Caulfield Cup horse next year.”
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's ill-fated dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 winner High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group race success when 3YO bay filly Bring Me Roses (High Chaparral-Freckled Face, by Polish Patriot) put up an outstanding VRC Oaks trial when unwinding a brilliant finish from last on the turn to post a dominant win in the $200,000 Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Hiyaam & Leather'n'Lace. Stable representative Michael Shephardson, who was standing in for ill trainer Tony McEvoy, said Bring Me Roses' primary spring target was the $1 million VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on 9 November. "She's a High Chaparral filly with a good turn of foot. We've always had a big opinion of her," he said. Bring Me Roses is expected to have her final Oaks lead-up in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on 4 November.
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Darley's deceased Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a black-type success when 3YO brown colt Silent Command (Commands-Silent Surround, by Face Value) opened his stakes account with a narrow win in the $100,000 Listed Morphettville Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Bring Me Roses & Amerock. Silent Command, who is out of the Gr3 SAJC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Silent Surround, improved his record to 2 wins from 6 starts for $76,250 in earnings.
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Turangga Farm's multiple Gr2-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Trusting (Tale Of The Cat-Legible, by Zabeel) sired his first stakes winner when 2YO black colt Terry (Trusting-Kendall Lass, by Sadler's Wells) secured an inside run to finish powerfully along the rails to win the $100,000 Listed Oaklands Plate (1400m) for 2YOs, defeating Kardashing & Bring Me Roses. Terry, who hails from the family of Gr1 Irish Derby & Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Grey Swallow, extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $76,650 in earnings.