At Flemington in Melbourne, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby-winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) added a Group race success when 4YO mare Spanish Reef (Lope de Vega-Lemon Reef, by Lemon Drop Kid) sat on a moderate speed and sprinted clear of her rivals to win the $150,000 Gr3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) with something in hand over Samovare & Jester Halo. Spanish Reef took her record to 4 wins and 5 placings from 12 starts for $298,700 earnings. She was a bargain $12,500 2014 Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal Sale yearling purchase and descends from a US family that includes Gr3 winning second dam Storm Dream and UK Gr3 winning middle-distance gelding Border Arrow.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Yarradale Stud shuttler War Chant (War Chant (Danzig-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred mare Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) led her rivals a merry dance when successfully defending her title in the $150,000 Gr3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) for 4YO+ mares, defeating Samovare & Montoya's Secret. Silent Sedition advanced her record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 William Reid Stakes, Gr3 Mannerism Stakes, Gr3 Summoned Stakes, Gr3 Schweppervescence Stakes & Listed Bendigo Guineas) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Classic & Gr1 Australasian Oaks) from 22 starts for $1,111,150 in earnings. Silent Sedition, whose dam is a half-sister to Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso from the Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Porto Roca, was purchased for the bargain price of $45,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud.
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Darley's unbeaten multiple Gr1-winning stallion Reset (Zabeel-Assertive Lass, by Zeditave) added a Group race success when 4YO chestnut gelding Kiwia (Reset-Single View, by Danehill Dancer) claimed his first stakes victory in the $150,000 Gr3 Coongy Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Samovare & Maurus. Bred and raced by Gerry Ryan's Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds, Kiwia continues to build an imposing record which now stands at 6 wins and 3 placings from 10 starts for $382,650 in earnings. Trainer Darren Weir said Kiwia was likely to heads towards the Bendigo Cup.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, 6YO UK-bred entire Harlem (Champs Elysees-Casual, by Nayef) earned himself an automatic entry in the Caulfield Cup when posting his first stakes victory since arriving in Australia in the $150,000 Gr3 MRC Foundation Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Samovare & Stampede. Harlem, who was a £520,000 purchase at the 2016 Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, improved his record to 3 wins (inclcuding the Listed Prix Frederic de Lagrange) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 MRC Blamey Stakes) from $289,708 in earnings. "We thought this might be short still for him. His form over in Europe was over further," co-trainer Ben Hayes told racing.com. "Look out Caulfield Cup." The $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) will be run at Caulfield on 21 October.
At Ascot in Perth, West Australia, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a Group success when 3YO filly Samovare (Savabeel-Sambar, by More Than Ready) scored by 1 length for trainer Daniel Morton in the $200,000 Gr3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Ellicazoom (Testa Rossa-Ellicorsam, by Fimiston) & I Am Boudica (War Chant-Queen's Gem, by Hussonet). The beautifully bred Samovare - who hails from the family of champion 3YO and Victoria Derby & Cox Plate winner Taj Rossi and Golden Slipper winner Dark Eclipse - improved her record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Listed WATC Burgess Queen Stakes) from 5 starts for $175,400 earnings.