Chris Waller has opted for classy mare Shillelagh as his stable's best chance in Saturday's $500,000 weight-for-age Tattersall's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben. Waller has four mares engaged in the race, with Shillelagh joined by stable-mates Invincibella, French Emotion and Noire, who is the third emergency. Shillelagh (Savabeel), who hasn't won a race since landing the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne and the spring, is coming off a creditable effort when sixth (beaten 3.2 lengths) in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) two weeks ago. "Shillelagh is probably a miler and she needs a pretty good track," Waller told racenet. "She is already a Group I winner and from a trainer's perspective I am trying to build her value, hence the reason she ran in the Stradbroke. If the race is run at a solid tempo and Shillelagh is travelling at the 400 metres then she would be my pick." Waller added: "But if there is less pace then Invincibella has a better turn of foot and is probably best suited."
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible(Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred mare Invincibella (I Am Invincible-Abscond, by Galileo) finally broke through for her maiden stakes win when storming home in the $200,000 Gr2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) for fillies & mares, defeating Prompt Response & Moss Trip. Invincibella, who was a $185,000 purchase by Star Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Sledmere Stud, improved her record to 6 wins (including the Magic Millions Plate) and 11 placings (including the Gr3 Glenlogan Park Stakes, Gr3 Godolphin Crown & Gr3 Tesio Stakes) from 26 starts for $1,131,028 in earnings.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred mare Pedrena (Mossman-Hansom Cab, by Awesome Again) claimed her second stakes victory when driving through along the fence to post a strong win in the $150,000 Gr3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating Invincibella & Schism. Pedrena, who was purchased by her trainer Mick Price for $60,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale from the draft of Twin Palms Stud, improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr3 Cape Grim Beef Stakes) from 12 starts for $407,776 in earnings. Pedrena's primary winter target is the Group 1 Tatt's Tiara (1350m) at Doomben on 23 June.
At Hawkesbury north-west of Sydney, Riverbank Agistment's beautifully-bred Gr1-winning stallion Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) added a Group race success when 4YO Australian-bred mare Pecans (Skilled-Walnut, by Procol Harum) resumed from more than 8 months off the scene with a strong win in the $175,000 Gr3 Godolphin Crown (1300m) for 3YO+ fillies & mares, defeating the fast-finishing Godolphin mare Ghisoni & Invincibella. Pecans, who was sold by Godolphin to Tricolours Syndications for $50,000 at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne August Bloodstock Sale, improved her record to 5 wins and 5 placings from 13 starts for $285,515 in earnings.
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 4YO bay mare Lubiton (Snitzel-Rosa Stellata, by Zabeel) set a new track record of 1:34.42 when scoring a strong front-running win in the $150,000 Gr3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) for 4YO+ mares, defeating fellow Sydney mares Savapinksi & Invincibella. Lubiton, whose second dam is 1999 Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Camino Rose, improved her record to 5 wins (including the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes) and 5 placings from 17 starts for $352,300 in earnings. Originally a $150,000 weanling purchase by Newgate Farm at the 2014 Inglis Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale, Lubiton was subsequently sold for $250,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in 2015. Trainer Bjorn Baker said Lubiton may back-up and run in Saturday's Gr1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) added a Group when 3YO filly Raiment (Street Cry-Clothing, by Command) claimed the second black-type victory of her career in the $150,000 Gr3 James HB Carr Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Invincibella & Smart Amelia. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Raiment hails from the successful Woodlands Stud family of 2000 Gr1 Doncaster Handicap winner Over. She improved her record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Listed Scone RC Woodlands Stakes) from 11 starts for $372,135 earnings.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore's multiple Gr1-winning shuttler & former star Australian sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer-Great Selection, by Lunchtime) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Zenalicious (Choisir-Zenith, by Fantastic Light) scored by 1 length for trainer Les Bridge in the $100,000 Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies Invincibella (I Am Invincible-Abscond, by Galileo) & Overstep (Exceed and Excel-Elusive Desire, by Elusive Quality). This was the first stakes victory for Zenalicious who improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 5 starts for $98,240 earnings.
In the inaugural race at Eagle Farm's highly anticipated reopening in Brisbane last Saturday, Darley's Gr1-winning shuttler Poet's Voice (Dubawi-Bright Tiara, by Chief's Crown) celebrated his first Australian stakes winner (and second overall) when the filly My Country (Poet's Voice-Bells Will Ring, by Danehill) scored a half-length win for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $100,000 Listed Lancester Stakes (1200m) for 2YO fillies. Runner-up was Invincibella (I am Invincible-Abscond, by Galileo) ahead of Nonpareil (Commands-Serenissima). A $140,000 purchase from Millbrook by Louise La Matayer's Astute Bloodstock at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, My Country took her record to 3 wins and a runner-up from 4 starts for $115,250 earnings.