At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Eureka Stud's Gr2 Todman Stakes winning & Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes placed stallion Real Saga (Tale Of The Cat-Windy Kate, by Air Express) added a black-type success when 4YO Australian-bred mare Sylpheed (Real Saga-Domitilla, by Strategic) opened her stakes account with a well-deserved win in the $100,000 Listed Just Now Quality (1350m) for fillies & mares, defeating Denmagic & Sheiswhatsheis. A $36,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Raheen Stud, Sylpheed improved her record to 3 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr3 BRC Fred Best Classic & Listed BRC Queensland Plate) from 15 starts for $215,900 in earnings.
At Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 4YO mare Ravi (Redoute's Choice-Mambo in Freeport, by Kingmambo) cruised to an easy 3.3 length win for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $100,000 Listed Just Now Handicap (1300m) for fillies & mares, over 5YO mares Unequivocal (Not a Single Doubt-Chocaholic, by General Nediym) & Sheiswhatsheis (Bernardini-Cry Baby, by Street Cry). This was an overdue maiden stakes victory for the talented Ravi who improved her record to 5 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr3 ATC Sheraco Stakes) from 11 starts for $283,520 earnings. "She deserved that win. She's always shown good ability," co-trainer Peter Snowden said. "It's time to go now and she'll be prepared for the autumn and maybe back here [Queensland] for the winter." Ravi, who was retained to race by her breeder Kia-Ora Stud when passed in $190,000 at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, is a full-sister to stakes winner and dual Gr2-placegetter Elzaam who stands at Ballyhane Stud in Ireland.
At Doomben in Brisbane, Glenlogan Park's Gr2-winning stallion Jet Spur (Flying Spur-Verocative, by Bletchingly) added a black-type success when 4YO mare Tina Melina (Jet Spur-Hidden Savings, by Secret Savings) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Tony Gollan in the $100,000 Listed Nudgee Handicap (1200m) for fillies and mares, over fellow 4YO mares Sheiswhatsheis (Bernardini-Cry Baby, by Street Cry) & Miss Cover Girl (Monashee Mountain (USA) 1997 out of Tolart (AUS) 2004, by Show a Heart). This was the first stakes victory for Tina Melina who took her record to 6 wins and 2 placings from 15 starts for $348,300 earnings.
At the Gold Coast in Queensland, Waikato Stud's deceased Champion stallion O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) added a black-type success when 3YO New Zealand-bred filly Bohemian Lily (O'Reilly-Bohemian Blues, by Blues Traveller) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $125,000 Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Col 'N' Lil (Bradbury's Luck-Jyler, by Street Cry) & Sheiswhatsheis (Bernardini-Cry Baby, by Street Cry). This was the first stakes victory for the well bred Bohemian Lily who took her record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 8 starts for $101,296 earnings. Racing in the same colours as star Kiwi mare Silent Achiever, the Kevin Hickman-owned Bohemian Lily is a full-sister to Australian Guineas & Australian Derby winner Shamrocker (O'Reilly), and a half-sister to stakes winner and Gr1 placegetter Rock Diva (Lucky Unicorn).