At Morphettville Park in Adelaide, Coolmore's brilliant 4-time Gr1-winning stallion Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo-Sequoyah, by Sadler's Wells) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Lite'n In My Veins (Henrythenavigator-Beauty World, by Danehill Dancer) ran out a comfortable winner of the $100,000 Listed CS Hayes Memorial Cup (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Chamois Road & Petrology. This was the fourth career stakes win for Lite'n In My Veins who advanced his record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Lee-Steere Classic, Gr3 Northerly Stakes & Listed Birthday Stakes) and 2 placings from 20 starts for $496,300 in earnings. Bred by Oakland Park Stud, the former WA-trained Lite'n In My Veins is a half-brother to Gr3 ATC Frank Packer Plate & Gr3 ATC Carbine Club Stakes winner Hi World (High Chaparral) and Listed winner Loveyamadly (Bel Esprit) from the Danehill Dancer mare Beauty World.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Gr3-winning & triple Gr1-placed stallion Primus (Flying Spur-Copa de Oro, by Hector Protector) added a stakes race success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding Burning Front (Primus-She's a Knockout, by Kingston Rule) made it stakes win number five when scoring a strong front-running win in the $120,000 Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Chamois Road & Dollar For Dollar. The evergreen Burning Front advanced his record to 19 wins (including the Gr3 RA Lee Stakes, Gr3 TS Carlyon Cup – twice & Listed SAJC CS Hayes Memorial Cup) and 20 placings (including the Gr3 VRC TAB Rewards Stakes & Gr3 MRC Sandown Stakes) from 57 starts for $1,394,240 in earnings.
At Flemington in Melbourne, some eighteen months since he last saluted the judge, lightly raced 7YO gelding Lord of the Sky (Danerich-Princess Abassi, by Abassi) made all for trainer Robbie Laing to win the $150,000 Gr3 Standish Handicap (1200m) down the famous straight six. Oliver took the roughie to the front soon after the start and simply idled there while behind him other runners, including favoured Toyboy, were looking for the best going. Put under pressure over the last 200m by closing 5YO mare Flippant (Hinchinbrook-Lady Beckworth, by General Nediym), Lord of the Sky dug deep to hold on by 0.1-length, with 5YO gelding Chamois Road (Choisir-Alpine Club, by Model Man) finishing strongly for third. Lord of the Sky now has 7 wins and 5 runners-up from 28 starts for $1,111,250 earnings.