At Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne on Friday night, Coolmore Stud stallion and former Australian Champion Racehorse So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) added a black-type success when 3YO gelding Northwest Passage (So You Think-Danevade, by Danehill) fought back strongly to score by 0.75 lenhth for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $150,000 Listed Torney Night Cup (2500m) for 3YO+, over 7YO Irish-bred gelding Chance To Dance (Teofilo-Crystal Ballet, by Royal Academy) & 5YO gelding Dandy Gent (Savoire Vivre-Gehenna, by Ladoni). Passed in for $140,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm, Northwest Passage advanced his record to 5 wins (including the Listed Tasmanian Derby & Listed Hobart Guineas) and 1 placing from 6 starts for $269,000 earnings. Roger Elliot, stable foreman for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, said Northwest Passage would now return to Sydney to be prepared for the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on 1 April. "He's just keeps improving," Elliot told Racing.com. "He'll go home now for the Derby and its all looking good for him." Jockey Katelyn Mallyon commented: "He switched off lovely and gave me such a beautiful feel...He's a brilliant stayer," she said. The well bred Northwest Passage is out of the Gr2-placed mare Danevade, a full-sister to multiple Group winner Shania Dane and champion Hong Kong sprinter Scintillation.
At Morphettville Park in Adelaide, Westbury Stud's three-time Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Makfi (Dubawi-Dhelaal, by Green Desert) added a black-type success when 5YO UK-bred entire Raw Impulse (Makfi-Marika, by Marju) scored by 4.8 lengths for trainer Darren Weir in the $100,000 Listed Penang Trophy (1800m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Dandy Gent (Savoire Vivre-Gehenna, by Ladoni) & 5YO mare Yulong Baby (Commands-Paris Tryst, by Fusaichi Pegasus). This was the first stakes victory for the Australian Bloodstock-owned Raw Impulse who improved his record to 5 wins and 3 placings from 11 starts for $199,888 earnings. A 50,000 purchase at the 2013 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Raw Impulse hails from the family of champion English filly Fair Salinia and French Derby & Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Reliable Man (also a resident at Westbury Stud).
At Flemington in Melbourne, LP Stallions & Lauriston Park's triple Gr1-winning stallion Desert King (Danehill-Sabaah, by Nureyev) added a Group success when 5YO mare Real Love (Desert King-Flaming Heart, by Salieri) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $120,000 Listed Roy Higgins Handicap (2600m), over 4YO gelding Dandy Gent (Savoire Vivre-Gehenna, by Ladoni) & 7YO gelding Black Jag (Excites-I'm A Showoff, by Thunder Gulch). Sent to the East Coast by key WA owner Bob Peters after excelling in Perth, Real Love took her record to 7 wins (also including the Gr2 Perth Cup, Gr3 Asian Beau Stakes, Gr3 Queen's Cup & Listed St Leger) & 9 placings (including the Gr2 Perth Cup, Gr2 Western Australian Derby, Gr3 Western Australian Oaks, Listed Torney Night Cup, Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes & Listed Natasha Stakes) from 16 starts for $932,210 earnings.