Lovemelikearock Wins Spring Stakes
Lovemelikearock gave her trainer Anthony Cummings a timely boost when she became only the second filly to win Newcastle's prestigious Group 3 Spring Stakes at Broadmeadow today.
Cummings is recuperating from a hip replacement operation and while he is now attending his Randwick stables he could not make the trip to Newcastle.
Lovemelikearock, ridden in deft style by Glyn Schofield, joined Lotteria - a former Group One winner - as only the second filly to win the Spring Stakes since its first runing in 1985.
Part-owner Duncan Grimley outlined spring plans for Lovemelikearock with the filly to now attempt to emulate Lotteria by winning the G1 Flight Stakes at Randwikck on October 3 before she heads to Melbourne.
Grimley said the Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington would be on her agenda before a decision is made on whether she attempts to win the VRC Oaks over 2500m on November 5.
The favourite Hus Der Lieften finished sixth after a poorly judged ride by Queensland jockey Stathi Katsidis.
Hus Der Lieften was left flat and awkwardly placed when Schofield made a winning move to circle the field at the 700m on Lovemelikearock with the filly sustaining her long run to beat the Gai Waterhouse-trained Viking Legend and Euphimism from the Peter Snowden stable.
Waterhouse confirmed that Viking Legend will have his next start in the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on Octobver 3.