A very odd day weather wise starting
very warm then getting cold as the rain came before warming up when the
sun came out later in the day. The first race was taken out in
emphatic fashion by Akzar who has done a lot of travelling during his 21
start career. Akzar (by Selkirk) started his racing career at the
Curragh where he won his maiden before running two seconds the latter
being one time Melbourne Cup fancy Profound Beauty in the Ballyroan
Stakes. After that he was imported to Australia and joined the
Lloyd Williams owned team trained by Robert Hickmott. He showed
initial promise winning at Moonee Valley and being placed at Caulfield
and Flemington but after being unplaced as odds on favourite at
Cranbourne he was considered not up to the best stayers and moved on.
Joining Rob Blacker's Mornington stable he had been in form and broke
through for his third win defeating Andronica and Cross Constance.
In the second race Tabulated put her name back on the winners list with
a determined win from Artful Terra from Port Lincoln with Alchemy's
Eight third. Tabulated took her record to 29 starts for 6 wins and
7 placings and over $100,000 in earnings. In the next race Leckey
stormed home to win from Reachfar with Stella Grace third. Leckey
has now taken his record to 17 starts for 3 wins and 5 placings.
Cute to Boot took her record to 32
starts for 4 wins and 8 placings in the next defeating Lady Dynamo and
Sacred Snaadee while Kelly Royale made it two in a row from a spell in
defeating Zai Jian with Duke of Cornwall third in race 5. In the
3yo race Last Day took his record to two starts for two wins in easily
accounting for Akahadoo with Sabie in third place.
The main race of the day was the
City of Marion Stakes where Hidden Value made it four in a row taking
his record to 11 starts for 7 wins and 2 placings and over $200,000 in
prizemoney defeating visiting Victorian Rescue Mission with Just
The final race went
to Kooda Dawn who defeated Incandescent with Secret Vintage third.