The AJC’s Chipping Norton day at Warwick Farm on Saturday started in sweltering conditions with temperatures at the inner west race course soaring into the late 30’s.
It did not worry the Paul Cave trained Lord Of Lords however and under a controlling ride by James Innes the five-year-old gelding took away the opening race, the $55,000, Warwick Farm Welter Hcp (2400m) by 3/4L.
Innes lead from the barriers and set a tempo that had the field hacking for the first 2000m, and then sprinted from the top of the straight that had them flat footed and they were unable to catch up.
Jackman (Zabeel) was second, with Champion System (Ire) (Marju) third, the margin 1/2L. The time was 2.31.29.
“He controlled the race, but he is a very relaxed horse,” said Cave.
Lord Of Lords (ex Mean Eyes, by Al Ameen), owned by L Demanincor, has raced 23 times for five wins and nine places, with stakes of $156,500.
In 1991 Vionnet, by Prego, won the Group III Kindergarten Stakes run at Warwick Farm on this race day, and in 2005 her last foal won at the latest running of the race day. Vionneto, a three-year-old gelding by Danzero, won the $55,000, Fairfield Advance Hcp (1300m) by a comfortable 3/4L over High Priority (Strategic) and Kiss My Fuji (Fuji Kiseki).
Vionnet was trained by Graham Begg and ridden by Graham Duffy on the occasion of the Kindergarten Stakes.
Sandy Tait and his sister Mrs Jill Nivison own and bred Vionneto, as they did the great race horse Tie The Knot who now strolls Tait’s front paddock bossing the yearlings he is given to care for.
Tait said that Vionnet died 12 months ago and that they have her last foal, a Kings Best filly called Best Dressed.
“She was a wonderful broodmare, she had eight to the races who all won, including three stakes winners,” said Tait.
Fortunately the skies bought the promised relief from the very hot and humid conditions later in the afternoon and the Group III Liverpool Cup was run with spectacular black clouds and lightning, before the rain finally fell.
The race was won the Gerald Ryan trained Sam Sung A Song (Timber Country) resuming after a spell since December and true to the four-year-olds previous fresh form he flashed home to over run top-weight Falkirk, with Patezza third.
Sam Sung A Song went clear to win by 1 1/4L, with a head between Falkirk and Patezza. The time was 1.09.93, the last 600m in a swift 34.96.
Sam Sung A Song and Patezza carried 53.5kg over Falkirk’s 57kg. After racing wide on the turn, and making a serious challenge for the lead, Falkirk’s condition just gave out over the final 50m. With the Tale Of The Cat entire’s major mission the Group I Doncaster Handicap trainer John O’Shea is bringing him to hand well.
Sam Sung A Song (ex Centollua, by Century) has won seven races from 21 starts, with five places. The horse is owned by the Firstholme Syndicate who seemed to have numerous members in it as they all stood in the rain, unfussed by it as well, and their horse has earned them stakes of $277,100.