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The Randwick Wrap: Spring Champion Day

The Randwick Timeform Wrap providing an overview of key performances through Spring Champion Stakes Day on October 6.

The Randwick Wrap: Spring Champion Day

The fillies drought in the Spring Champion Stakes is well and truly over after Maid Of Heaven took out the three-year-old feature at Randwick on Saturday.

The Spring Champion Stakes was first held in 1971 and Yankee Rose for David Vandyke was the first filly to claim the event in 2016.

It appears the floodgates have opened now after Maid Of Heaven Horseform became the second filly in three years to beat the boys.


Maid Of Heaven
Maid Of Heaven Picture:Racing and Sports

Maid Of Heaven was backing up in the Spring Champion Stakes after a luckless sixth in the Flight Stakes (1600m) a week prior.

Luck was no issue for the daughter of Smart Missile on Saturday as King settled the filly midfield and one off the fence.

The pair peeled off heels into the straight and let down strongly.

Godolphin colt Aramayo provided staunch resistance along the inside however Maid Of Heaven still prevailed by a Long Head.

The run returned Maid Of Heaven a new master Timeform rating of 112 and provided maiden Group 1’s for both Mark Newnham and jockey Rachel King.

Mark Newnham and Rachel King
Mark Newnham and Rachel King Picture:Racing and Sports

It’s unlikely Maid Of Heaven will head to Melbourne for the VRC Oaks and instead be saved for the Sydney version during the autumn.

This means the Spring Champion form will have to be franked in Melbourne courtesy of placegetters Aramayo Horseform and Thinkin’ Big.

Both colts impressed for different reasons.

Aramayo was strong late while Thinkin’ Big stuck on despite a tough run early.

Five of the last nine Spring Champion Stakes renewals have played host to the subsequent Victoria Derby winner.

Monaco Consul Horseform (2009) and Ace High Horseform (2017) each claimed the Spring Champion Stakes/Victoria Derby double.

Sangster Horseform (2011) and Prized Icon Horseform (2016) each ran third in the Spring Champion Stakes of that year and improved to win the Victoria Derby (2500m) during the Flemington Carnival.

The three-year-old sprinters stepped out prior to the feature for the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) which was won by Queensland Raider Sesar Horseform.

Sesar
Sesar Picture:(Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

The Sebring colt was resuming after a strong late season two-year-old prep where he won the Ken Russell Memorial and mixed it with the likes of The Autumn Sun Horseform, Zousain Horseform and Lean Mean Machine Horseform.

There was the sense that Steve O’Dea had him set for a first up strike with Blinkers applied for the first time and it proved to be correct.

Dropped from the main field through the early stages, it took until the 600m for the Queenslander to tack onto the tail of the field.

The early pace up front began to take its toll from the 300m and Sesar capitalised, powering along the fence for a 1.3 length victory over Sandbar with a further 4 ¼ lengths back to Spin in third.

His performance returned a Timeform rating of 120, a figure equal to the prior five-year-winning average which has been skewed courtesy of Exosphere’s romp in a strong renewal of the Roman Consul in 2015.

The Roman Consul played host to a number of subsequent Group 1 winning sprinters during that five year span with Zoustar Horseform, Brazen Beau Horseform, Japonisme Horseform and Russian Revolution Horseform all going on to deliver at the top level.

O’Dea has already suggested 1200m is generally too sharp for Sesar and is already looking for longer distances for his next run in Melbourne.

The remaining Group event of the day was the Angst Stakes (G3, 1600m) won by the Chris Waller-trained I Am Serious Horseform.

I Am Serious
I Am Serious Picture:(Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

The Choisir mare appeared well placed on Saturday after placing to the classy import Avilius Horseform in her two prior starts.

Dropping back from 2000m to a testing Randwick Mile was perfect as was returning to her own sex.

I Am Serious was backed like it was a case of the planet’s aligning and performed accordingly, running to a Timeform rating of 106.

To highlight how well Chris Waller had placed the mare on Saturday, I Am Serious actually ran a figure below what she’d been producing behind Avilius.

Yulong January
Yulong January Picture:Racing and Sports

Outside of stakes level, Yulong January Horseform produced a winning display which indicates he is well above average when taking out a Benchmark 74 3YO Handicap (1400m).

Still green and wayward in the straight, Yulong January was able to lead throughout in the opening event at Randwick.

The King Of Prussia colt’s two length win returned a Timeform rating of 102 and will likely have his next start in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 3.

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R7 RANDWICK 6 October 2018
Spring Champion 3 , 2000m
Race Synopsis: Mark Newnham-trained/Arrowfield-raced filly Maid Of Heaven staged a very solid staying performance in winning here, appreciating the step up to 2000m for her second win in five starts. She settled back in eighth place, improved (deep) rounding the home turn, put in a strong run to challenged coming to the 200m and then finished best to grab a narrow but impressive victory. Godolphin-raced colt Aramayo raced seventh place on the rails, got along the inner on turning for home, hit the front approaching the 200m and battled gamely for second, beaten a long head. The favourite Thinkin' Big was fourth early on and worked in the early stages before racing outside the leader (Irukandji). He went to the front on straightening and then battled on soundly for third after his early efforts. Tarka enjoyed a good trip in third place on the rails, got into clear running at the 300m and then battled on quite well for (4.2 lengths) fourth after appearing to have had every chance.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
11. MAID OF HEAVEN (AUS)
3yo Filly
MARK NEWNHAM
MS RACHEL KING
54.5
$13.00
 
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - ST. THERESE (AUS)
Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd (Mgr: J M Messara)
2nd  
4. ARAMAYO (AUS)
3yo Colt
JAMES CUMMINGS
TYE ANGLAND
56.5
$4.25
 
POET'S VOICE (GB) - PERUVIAN (GB)
GODOLPHIN
3rd  
1. THINKIN' BIG (AUS)
3yo Colt
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
TIM CLARK
56.5
$3.50
 
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - NOTHIN' LEICA CAT (NZ)
 Dodmark Thoroughbreds (Mgr: P G Dunn)
4th  2. TARKA (AUS)
3yo Colt
DAVID PAYNE
JAMES MCDONALD
56.5
$10.00
5th  6. MICKEY BLUE EYES (AUS)
3yo Colt
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
REGAN BAYLISS
56.5
$12.00
6th  5. DEALMAKER (AUS)
3yo Colt
CHRIS WALLER
DAMIEN OLIVER
56.5
$11.00
7th  12. FRANKELY AWESOME (AUS)
3yo Filly
KRIS LEES
COREY BROWN
54.5
$10.00
8th  9. HOME GROUND (AUS)
3yo Gelding
J G SARGENT
JAY FORD
56.5
$101.00
9th  13. PANZERFAUST (AUS)
3yo Filly
PAUL MESSARA
ANDREW ADKINS
54.5
$101.00
10th  8. VISAO (AUS)
3yo Colt
C MAHER & D EUSTACE
JASON COLLETT
56.5
$31.00
11th  3. IRUKANDJI (AUS)
3yo Colt
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
TOMMY BERRY
56.5
$17.00
12th  10. PURPLE SECTOR (NZ)
3yo Colt
JOHN P THOMPSON
SAM WEATHERLEY
56.5
$13.00


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