At Morphettville Park in Adelaide, Rich Hill Stud's Melbourne Cup winning stallion Shocking (Street Cry-Maria di Castiglia, by Danehill) added a Group race success when 5YO New Zealand-bred mare Fanatic (Shocking-Komplete Klass, by Groom Dancer) showed staying was her forte with a strong win in the $400,000 Gr2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, defeating German import Ormito & Poppiholla. Raced by her breeder Sean Kiernan, the Curraghmore born and raised Fanatic improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks & Listed Sandown Cup) and 4 placings from 31 starts for $416,803 in earnings. Co-trainer Ben Hayes said Fanatic was now likely to head to Sydney for the $2 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 April. "Once this horse gets out over 2800 metres plus she’s elite-level," he said. "I thought she was really strong at the end of that race. Weiry’s horse [Ormito] challenged her and she fought him off. I’d say she’ll definitely be heading to Sydney."
At Flemington in Melbourne, nine-time Champion European Sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated yet another stakes success when 6YO gelding Aloft (Galileo-Dietrich, by Storm Cat) sprinted clear off a slow tempo to claim the $120,000 Listed 3AW Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) over Fanatic & Ormito. The talented import took his record to 5 wins (including the Listed Royal Ascot Queen's Vase) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Doncaster Racing Post Trophy, Gr2 Chairman's Handicap & Listed Japan Trophy) from 14 starts for earnings of $471,417. Aloft is one of 9 individual winners from his dual Gr1-winning dam which includes Irish Gr3 Renaissance Stakes winner Beauty Bright.
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Brighthill Farm's ill-fated shuttler and multiple Gr1 winner Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan) added a black-type success when 7YO Irish-bred gelding Double Bluff (Azamour-Damask Rose, by Dr Devious) finally opened his stakes account when outstaying his rivals in the $150,000 Listed Torney Night Cup (2500m) for 3YO+, defeating O'Lonera & Ormito. Double Bluff, who began his career in the UK, improved his record to 5 wins and 9 placings (including the Gr2 SAJC Adelaide Cup & Gr3 MRC Easter Cup) from 35 starts for $408,560 in earnings.