At Hawkesbury north-west of Sydney, former Coolmore & now Aquis Farm-based dual Gr1-winning stallion Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) added a black-type success when 6YO Irish-bred gelding Duca Valentinois (Holy Roman Emperor-Love Valentine, by Fruits of Love) posted the second stakes victory of his career in the $150,000 Listed Ladies Day Cup (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating Passage Of Time & Unequivocal. The Godolphin-owned Duca Valentinios improved his record to 6 wins (including the Listed Scone Cup) and 8 placings (including the Gr3 BRC Lord Mayor’s Cup) from 28 starts for $420,153 in earnings.
At Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane on Saturday, former Glenlogan Park Stud & now Yarradale Stud-based stallion Bradbury's Luck (Redoute's Choice-Skating, by At Talaq) added a Group success when 5YO mare Col 'n' Lil (Bradbury's Luck-Jyler, by Street Cry) showed her fighting qualities when scoring a tough win in the $125,000 Gr3 Lord Mayor's Cup (1600m) fo 3YO+, defeating Duca Valentinois & Elle Lou. Col 'n' Lil improved her record to 8 wins (including the Listed Weetwood Handicap) and 13 placings (including the Gr2 BRC The Roses & Listed BRC Tails Handicap) from 35 starts for $497,000 earnings. Trainer Ben Currie commented: "She's always been a good mare but she's racing even better now," he told Racing Queensland Webnews. "I thought she might be in trouble 50 metres out but she kept fighting."
At Scone in the NSW Hunter Valley, former Coolmore & now Aquis Farm-based dual Gr1-winning stallion Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) added a black-type success when 5YO Irish-bred gelding Duca Valentinois (Holy Roman Emperor-Love Valentine, by Fruits of Love) finally broke through for his maiden stakes victory in the $200,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating God's In Him & Pajaro. The Godolphin-owned Duca Valentinios improved his record to 5 wins and 6 placings from 24 starts for $300,253 earnings. Duca Valentinios's win also brought up a milestone for former champion jockey and Godolphin interim head trainer Darren Beadman, who celebrated his first stakes winner as a trainer. "I won the Scone Cup as a jockey," Beadman said. "It was a better feeling today." He added: "The key to him is to switch him off…if you get the first half mile right the rest will work out."