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.