At Moonee Valley in Victoria, 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) scored by 2.8-lengths for trainer Ken Keys in the $200,000 Gr2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+ fillies and mares, defeating fellow 4YO mares Samovare & Flying Jess. Continuing her rivalry with Samovare who she defeated by less than a length two weeks ago in the Gr3 Scwheppervescence Trophy (1600m) at Flemington, this time the result was unequivocal for the favourite. Jumping well from her outside stall to camp just off Tasmanian mare Life On The Wire, Spanish Reef never looked like getting beaten at any stage and was eased down by Mark Zahra with 25m to run. A $12,500 bargain buy at the 2014 Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal Sale, consistent Spanish Reef took her record to 5 wins and 5 placings from 13 starts for $420,200 earnings. Having now well and truly got the figurative stakes race monkey off her back with a Group race double, Spanish Reef's connections will be dreaming of bigger prizes ahead. Included in those is next month's Gr1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes run during The Championships. Suggesting she'll be tipped out after her Sydney sojourn, Keys revealed, "I want to keep [her] at a mile for the time being but when she gets out to 2000 metres and even a mile and a half I think you'll find she's even better."
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.