On Saturday while wild weather lashed Flemington in Melbourne, Sydney’s Warwick Farm racecourse enjoyed a spectacular day of racing headlined by Theseo’s sensational victory in the $300, 000 Group 1 Patinack Chipping Norton Stakes.
Theseo ($7) upset trainer Chris Waller’s plans of another group race quinella by beating home the hot pre-race favourite Rangirangdoo ($2.70) by a half head with the runner-up’s stablemate Danleigh ($7) nearly two lengths back in third.
Danleigh was coming off an impressive win in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes where he held off Rangirangdoo in second. But the pair couldn’t repeat the feat as the Gai Waterhouse-trained Theseo proved too strong in the 1600m gallop.
It was an impressive comeback for the winning Danewin gelding following Theseo’s lacklustre eighth place in the Apollo Stakes, his first start after a lengthy injury induced spell.
Before a career threatening hoof injury saw Theseo off the track for the entire spring season last year, he enjoyed a remarkable string of successes and became a triple Group 1 winner with wins in the Epson Handicap, Mackinnon Stakes and the Ranvet Stakes. After Saturday’s Chipping Norton victory he looks to have returned to the winning form that nearly earned him the prestigious Horse of the Year award.
After a brilliant jump from barrier two Theseo took to the front early. But mid-way down the home straight Rangirangdoo took to the rails and got a slight lead on six-year-old Theseo who moved out wider, with many thinking that would be the end of the pacemaker. But Theseo fought back in impressive style, rising to the challenge set by his rival and pushing on strong to regain the lead and cross the line first.
The Chipping Norton Stakes win gave Theseo’s jockey Nash Rawiller a hat-trick of victories at the meeting following his earlier wins with Strike One in the Munro Family Handicap and More Joyous in the Group 2 Surround Stakes.
For premier Sydney trainer Waterhouse, Saturday’s victory was her sixth in the Chipping Norton Stakes after previously triumphing with Pharaoh (1995), Juggler (1996), Grand Armee (2005), Desert War (2006) and Tuesday Joy (2009).
The 2010 Chipping Norton Stakes was contested by eleven horses, nine with Group 1 wins to their name, following the scratching of Alcopop, Palacio De Cristal and Mentality on Saturday morning.
Other great feature races held at the Warwick Farm meeting included the Group 2 Surround Stakes where exciting filly More Joyous claimed victory and the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes won by the new Golden Slipper favourite Solar Charged.
2010 Chipping Norton Stakes Results:
|Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller|
|Chris Waller||Tim Clark|
|Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman|
|Anthony Cummings||Daniel Ganderton|
|Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn|
|Peter Snowden||Joshua Parr|
ROAD TO ROCK
|Anthony Cummings||Brenton Avdulla|
VISION AND POWER (NZ)
|Joseph Pride||Jim Cassidy|
NO WINE NO SONG
|Kevin Moses||Kody Nestor|
ROMAN EMPEROR (NZ)
|Bart Cummings||Glyn Schofield|
SPEED GIFTED (GB)
|Lee Freedman||Tye Angland|
|PALACIO DE CRISTAL|