At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, stakes-placed stallion Bryannbo's Gift (Zabeel-Dantelah, by Volksraad) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Steel Frost (Bryannbo's Gift-Horshoe, by Commands) opened his stakes account in the $100,000 Listed City Of Marion Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Casino Wizard & Sudden Wealth. Steel Frost improved his record to 8 wins and 1 placing from 14 starts for $295,350 in earnings.
There are now eight horses confirmed for the Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick on 1st April following the qualifying heats run at Grafton, Goulburn, Dubbo and Taree, reports racingnsw.com.au. Perfect Dare and Free Standing were first to qualify after running 1-2 at Grafton, before Pumpkin Pie and Steel Frost ran the quinella at Goulburn. Joining them are Stoneyrise and La La Loopsy (Dubbo), and Cogliere and Shotgun Roulette (Taree). Cogliere and Shotgun Roulette have firmed with TAB from $26 to $15 to win the Country Championships Final after qualifying in Sunday's heat at Taree. Scone will host the next Country Championships Qualifier this Sunday (5th March) with an excellent Showcase programme scheduled.
Smart Goulburn filly Pumpkin Pie has booked herself a place in the $400,000 Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick on the opening day of The Championships (1 April) after winning the qualifying heat at her home track on Saturday, reports Racing NSW. The Danny Williams-trained 3YO improved her record to 4 wins from 6 starts when defeating Steel Frost and Chaquinta in the $150,000 Country Championship Qualifier over 1400 metres. Williams had a runner in the Country Championships Final last year after Ashjata finished 2nd in the wildcard qualifier at Muswellbrook, but this is the first time he has qualified a horse at his home track. “I’m over the moon,” he said. “In the last 150 metres she pricked her ears and floated home. Provided she pulls up well will race her at Randwick next week which will be a step up in class but she is still so untapped.” Pumpkin Pie is by Star Witness out of the Generous mare Thanksgiving and hails from the famous Eight Carat family.