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Morphettville Races - Pictorial Report

26 April  2014

It was the first day of the 3 big Group 1 racedays at Morphettville.  Imported galloper Ominous was took good in leading most of the way in the first race while Mighty Like made it three in a row and 5 out of 11 overall in winning the second race. 

It was then to the six stakesraces for the day - of these 3 races were won by horses that had won at the lead up meeting a fortnight earlier plus Go Indy Go another winner from that meeting (of the SA Sires Produce renown for producing future Group 1 competitors) went to Randwick to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.  The Queen Adelaide Stakes went to Bullpit who never looked in doubt racing clear in the straight to win as he liked taking his record to 4 starts for 2 wins while the Chairman's Stakes was taken out by Gamblin' Guru from Excites Zelady with Gravitational third.  It was Gamblin' Guru's second win in a row having taken out the Port Adelaide Guineas two weeks ago and is reported to be heading for the SA Derby.

The Queen of the South Stakes went to Tango's Daughter who had also won the previous fortnight as she took her record to three in a row and 5 from 9 overall.  The first of the Group 1s of the day was the Australasian Oaks where a wall of horses stormed down the straight with May's Dream proving too strong from Star Fashion and Scratchy Bottom.  May's Dream is from She's Archie who won the Group 1 SA Oaks and was a fast finishing and unlucky second to Makybe Diva in the Melbourne Cup.

In the Sangster Stakes a classy field of sprinting mares and fillies lined up.  Driefontein who had won the RN Irwin Stakes a fortnight earlier went to the lead and defied all attempts to run her down over the 1200m course.  Platelet stormed home late to run second with Gregers who had followed Driefontein the whole way fighting hard to hold third ahead of Villa Verde who had won the Challenge Stakes and was placed in the Galaxy at the Sydney carnival before heading to SA.  Driefontein is reportedly heading to the Goodwood in two weeks all going well.

The final race was the open lead up to the Goodwood the DC McKay Stakes where Essay Raider cruised just off the pace before taking control and stroling away from the opposition in the run to the line.  Essay Raider is the full brother of Go Indy Go and brought up the family two state stakesrace double in taking out the race.  

Race 1
Race 2
Race 3 - Queen Adelaide Stakes
Race 4 - Chairman's Stakes
Race 5 - Queen of the South Stakes
Race 6 - Australasian Oaks
Race 7 - Sangster Stakes
Race 8 - DC McKay Stakes

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