Hunting down a Caulfield double

Apr 28, 2013

Saturday was a terrific one for the stable – our clients cheering on two extra smart winners at Caulfield whilst Epingle ran a great race in Group 2 company in Adelaide.

Unfortunately held up at a vital stage, Epingle really got going late to run an eye-catching fourth in the Queen Of The South Stakes and hopefully her turn at black type level is not far away.

Meanwhile in Melbourne exciting filly The Huntress could not have been more impressive maintaining her unbeaten record with a gutsy performance in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes.

Taking on the boys after a midweek Sandown victory against fillies, The Huntress had a fair bit against her – but on her side was her class and determination.

Striking interference at the top of the straight, The Huntress had to pick herself and get going again – no easy task for such a lightly raced filly.

“To regain her composure and record such a soft victory after such severe interference was a great effort,” said jockey Glen Boss who was enthusiastic in his praise for the two-year-old.

“I was actually impressed with her just going to the barriers,” he said.

“She oozes quality and has a very efficient action – she feels like she is hardly touching the ground.”

“She is,” he continued, “a horse with a very good future and there is a lot more to come both mentally and physically.”

Racing manager Craig Arrowsmith was just as impressed.

“She is a lovely filly and so very professional – she did a great job today.”

Adding that The Huntress is not “a mad running two-year-old type,” Arrowsmith attributed her winning form to her great attitude.

“She does everything right and everything easily,” he said, adding that he is looking forward to seeing The Huntress contest the Scone juvenile feature in a few weeks’ time.

A bargain $36,000 purchase at the Scone Yearling Sale, The Huntress is raced by her breeder Robert Kent (no relation!) with Greg Fagan, Michael Redmond, Craig Williams, John O'Brien, 3 J R Three Syndicate (manager John Booth), Robyn Booth, Peter Littlewood, Robert Straughen, Brent Francis, Trevor Eastwood, Robert Harrison and Therese Fagan.

In winning the Redoute’s Choice Stakes, The Huntress was able to run down the promising Tonyboy who was bred by stable client Rick “Black Caviar” Jamieson.

Later in the day another talented mare won in impressive fashion for us – at her first run since the spring Serene Star storming home to improve on her already outstanding fresh record.

Unbeaten in four first up runs, Serene Star is a mare who just doesn’t know how to run a bad race – this latest success her eighth from only 15 starts.

The winner of just under $260,000 in stakes, Serene Star has recorded three victories at Caulfield and, like The Huntress, she had to overcome trouble in running to find the line.

Striking interference before the turn and ending back a clear last approaching the corner, Serene Star was hooked out wide by Adam McCabe and she was soon gobbling up the ground.

“She’s a gem!” said a very happy McCabe who also won on her first up at Mornington last October.

“Full credit to her,” he said, “she had 60kg and she did race a bit keenly early.”

“But once she got into the clear she really got going – she made my job easy.”

Craig Arrowsmith is one of Serene Star’s many fans – “she is a great little mare,” he said, “and just sensational fresh.”

Providing Serene Star (who is raced by Michael Kent and Barry Barnes) pulls up well, she may now head to the Adelaide carnival in search of black type and it is worth noting that her second up form is almost as good as her fresh form!