Canterbury report on Guineas night

Canterbury Guineas on Saturday night at the STC Canterbury course in the inner west of Sydney opened with a very good two-year-old Snippets filly Legally Bay winning the $A140,000, Group 3, Cody Outdoor Sweet Embrace Stakes, 1200m.

From barrier rise the filly, ridden by Rod Quinn went straight to the front of the field and stuck to the rail. Following was the Waterhouse trained How Funny with Glen Boss waiting for the moment to challenge. Into the short straight Boss made his move and moved alongside but Legally Bay was more than up to the challenge. She moved up another gear and moved out ahead again to win by 3/4L in the time of 1.10.05. Bella Corona was third 1 1/2L back. The last 600 was in 35.59.

The delighted first time owners Chris and Jane Barham were overcome with the moment. From the Darling Downs in Queensland they had watched the filly from weanling stage on the property of their friends and breeders of the filly Ron and Debbie Gilbert of Highgrove Stud. The Barham’s followed the filly’s yearling preparation through to her Wm Inglis Easter Yearling Sale appearance last year.

The Barham’s meet Woodlands Stud trainer John Hawkes for the first time at the Easter Sale and Hawkes inspected the filly, agreed with the Barham’s enthusiasm, and said he would train her if they purchased her. The Barham’s outlaid $A220,000 for Legally Bay (ex Decidity, by Last Tycoon) and she has proved to be worth every cent of that not inconsiderable sum.

Legally Bay has won two of her three races and placed third in her other outing. Stakes stand at $A123,950 along with the Group 3 black type win to go along with Group 2 placing in the Silver Slipper.

The second race of the night saw Dehero (3yo g Dehere-Am Wild, by Wild Again) set a new course record over 1100m when he won the $A70,000, Listed, 3Com Stakes. Star Of Florida went to the front and he covered the first 500m in a quick 27.86 to set up the record for Dehero who came over Star Of Florida and win by 1 1/4L with Sir Craiglee third 1 3/4L back. The last 600m took 35.19.

Dehero, trained at Scone by Gregory Schumaker, had the advantage of carrying 6kg less than Star Of Florida but it was a smart win nevertheless. This was Dehero’s best performance and he has now faced the starter 10 times for four wins and three places. Stakes are $A68,275.

The times continued to reflect the scorching early pace of the races and in the next Kusi (2yo g Desert Prince-Naughty, by Canny Lad) ran a new race record when winning $A140,000, Group 3, Vodka Cruiser Skyline Stakes, 1200m in 1.10.00, the last 600m taking 35.59. The margin was a short half head to Face Value with Resistor third 1 1/4L back.

The time was set up by Olympus who went hard from the barrier and lead into the straight. The Danehill colt tried hard to maintain the pace but he had set the others up to over run him and they did. Kusi is third favourite for the Group 1 Golden Slipper on $A8.00 in the NSW TAB fixed odds with his stable mate Neillo outright favourite on $A6.00. The winner of the first race, Legally Bay, is on $A9.00. Kusi in the meantime has earned his owners Woodlands Stud $A323,500 from his three starts, the bulk of it from his second placing in the Group 1 Blue Diamond at Caulfield on February 22nd, 2003. The race record that Kusi broke was established back in 1995 by the now successful sire Strategic.