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    SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2008

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    Impeccably bred filly Rock My Pagotasted her first stakes success atBelmont on Saturday, when she scored a good win in the Belmont Oaks for the three-year-old fillies, writes Matt Nowland. Like most of her rivals Rock My Pago

    was having her first run over a journey and her trainer Shane Edwards was more hopeful than confident. “We where hoping rather than confident. To tell you the truth I didn’t think she would get the distance.” Edwards said following the win. After she raced on the speed throughout, the Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire) filly had challenges coming left right and centre on straightening. The run came for Ma

    Chienne who looked like the winner, whilst Secret Vault also had her chance in the straight but they never managed to get past Rock My Pago who fought on doggedly to win. “We will see how she pulls up and hope- fully have a crack in the Belmont Classic against the boys.” Edwards added. The three-year-old has now had 10

    career starts for three wins, one second and two thirds, with her prize money now in the $115,000 including Westspeed bonuses. The favourite Ma Chienne was ridden

    perfectly by rider Peter Hall, but she just struggled to get past Rock My Pago in the run to the line. The run of Blue Bizarre was good after

    she was stuck in a three deep position for the entire race and still battled hard up the straight to finish in fourth position.

    Rock My Pago becomes the eighth individual stakeswinner in Australia for her sire. Her dam Dancing Pago is a stakeswinning daughter of Thunder Gulch (USA) who sold to Damon Gabbedy for

    $150,000 at the Magic Millions Mixed Sale in 2006 in foal to Rock Of Gibraltar and has since foaled a colt that sold for $130,000 last week at the William Inglis Select Weanling Sale to the bid of Tom Murtagh at Esker Lodge in New Zealand.

    The ever consistent Ripped broke through for a well deserved Listed win at Belmont on Saturday, when he was aided by a wonderful ride from Paul King to score in the Grandstand Cup. The Second Empire (Ire) gelding had been performing extremely well of late, finishing just behind the likes of Marasco, but he has found it hard to win. “He hasn’t won for 600+

    ROCK MY PAGO HANGS ON IN BELMONT OAKS Eighth Australian stakeswinner for Rock Of Gibraltar


    in brief


    Danehill added another Group 1 winner to his record when the Juddmonte-home- bred Promising Lead defeated Mad About You (Indian Ridge) and Anna Pavlova (Danehill Dancer) in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh yesterday. Staring 2-1 favourite, Promising Lead is now headed towards the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.


    Eliza Park stallion Desert Sun sired a Listed winner in England overnight when Dunelight took the Midsummer Stakes at Windsor.


    Trainer Jim Bolger will leave a decision on whether or not New Approach runs in today’s Irish Derby until this morning. Princess Haya of Jordan’s Epsom Derby winner has had some heat in a foot that has been having treatment. New Approach was priced at 6/5 yesterday.



    PINNACLES LOVES THE BEACH days.” trainer George Daly said following the win.

    After he commenced well, King had the gelding in a rearward position, but in the straight he some how found room and booted him to the line just ahead of Local Legend. “I was thinking at the top of the straight how I was going to tell Paul he was sacked, then at the 200m I though well this has been a good ride and then when I won it was a terrific ride.” a delighted Daly added.

    The five-year-old does his best racing at Belmont and he also likes to be ridden cold.“This is his track, just like myself, we love Belmont.” Daly said.

    It was oh so close for the connections of Local Legend who looked to have the race won as he shot three lengths clear at the top of the straight but just faded to last 50m. Royal Lott motored home from near last to nail Local Legend for second in a deceptive finish with the ever consistent Field Commander running fourth.

    Favourite for the race Oroya Gold seemed to have every chance in running but he could do no more in the straight. The Scenic gelding has been knocking on the door for black type success but he just can’t seem to crack it at this stage.

    Trainer Rick Hore-Lacy used the Redoute's Choice formula to encourage gutsy gal- loper Pinnacles to victory in the Glasshouse Handicap on Saturday, writes Grant Stockwell, Hore-Lacy used the beach as a vital piece of preparation when he trained the mighty Redoute's Choice to win the 1999 Blue Diamond Stakes and the astute Victorian drew up a similar plan for Pinnacles in the past three weeks.

    "Before I moved to Caulfield from Epsom the beach was a vital part of my training," Hore-Lacy said. “It used to five minutes away, now it's more than an hour to get there and back. This horse has had a tough campaign and he needed to go to the beach since he's been in Brisbane to freshen him."

    While Hore-Lacy is Pinnacles' trainer, the multiple Group One-winning horseman was more than happy to give the accolades to young Brisbane trainer John Fleming."John has done all the work with this horse in the past few weeks, he's taken him to the beach every day and he deserves a lot of the credit for this win," Hore-Lacy said.

    Pinnacles produced a huge form turnaround to win after he finished 17th in the Stradbroke Handicap at his previous start and winning jockey Danny Nikolic was the gelding's ninth rider in as many starts.

    But the lack of familiarity proved no hurdle for Nikolic and the gun hoop brought Pinnacles with a well-timed run down the centre of the track to score a half-neck win over Cocktail Supreme with the unlucky Alverta a half-neck back in third.Alverta worked hard to cross from barrier 15 before she settled in third behind the leader but her rider Glyn Schofield was reluctant to blame the wide draw for the mare's defeat. "She felt good in the run, there was no early speed and she didn't do any extra work to get over," Schofield said."She travelled kindly and gave me a really good kick when I asked her to go in the straight. I felt if the race had have been a furlong (200m) further she would have kicked back and beaten the winner."

    Both pinnacles and Alverta were foaled at Arrowfield, bred in partnership by Arrowfield with Alan jones’s Belford productions and Gainsborough Stud. Pinnacles advanced his record to seven wins from 21 starts for earnings of $527,170.


    The fans on course at Belmont on Saturday witnessed a special per- formance from up and coming three- year-old Cohort, when he came with a blistering run to win the Dayana Plate, writes Matt Nowland.

    The Scenic three-year-old was tug- ging for more rein out of the straight the first time around, but his rider Paul Harvey then put him to sleep on the fence. When he went to make his move at around the 550m mark he found himself stuck in a pocket and he couldn’t get moving when he wanted to.

    Punters who took the short quote would have torn their tickets up on straightening as he had lost all momentum and was third last under the stick.

    But Cohort and Harvey where not to be denied, as Brave Knight ran to the lead, Harvey then began to get stuck right into Cohort with the whip in the left hand and once he gained full steam, he went on to over power his opposition and record an astonishing win.

    “That was a super effort. He wasn’t entitled to win after he suffered that check at the top of the straight. He is a class horse and we will now push onto the Belmont Classic.” Winning trainer Ivan Haggerty said following the win.

    The run of the second placed Brave Knight was a much better effort from his previous form when he wound up in second position. Apprentice Duncan Miller rode the Fasliyev gelding and he seems to have the key to him, having ridden him six times for two wins, two sec- onds a third and a fourth.

    Second favourite Roman Time battled in the run to the line and he didn’t seem to handle the 2000m distance.

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    CALOUNDRA CUP (Listed) $202,000, Corbould Park, 3yo+, 2400m, Dead. 1. FAST FUTURE (NZ) 5 b g, 55.5 kg

    Generous (Ire) – Quip (NZ), by Rory’s Jester (Aus) 2nd dam: Champerelle (Aus), by King’s High (Aus) 3rd dam: Black Tokk (Ire), by Blakeney (GB) O: Clay Hero Synd (Mgr: W Lanyon), M Dawson, R Pawsey, K Good, W Richardson & R Minney B: Glenmorgan Farm Ltd T: Russell Cameron J: M Cahill 30 starts: 6-5-3 $243,350

    2. Scattergun (NZ) 5 b h, 56 kg Quest For Fame (GB) - Unbeleevable (NZ), by Zabeel (NZ) B: P J Mitchell T: Brian Smith J: Dan Nikolic

    3. Synonym (Aus) 5 b g, 54 kg Orpen (USA) - Lady Linguist (Aus), by Marauding (NZ) B: Huntworth Stud T: Gerald Ryan J: Jim Byrne

    Margins: 3 lens, neck. Time: 2:31.86. (last 600m 37.86). Betting: $6, $9, $5.50.

    Also ran: Tedriffic, Devastating, Kerdem, Ballack (F), Sky Biscuit, The Sportsman, King Latarmiss, Rezone, Art Success, Modern Glam