The Chris Waller trained Zoustar filly Haut Brion Her defeated the well-supported Sir Elton in the $125,000, Book Spring Hospitality Bm 74 Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday drawing rave reviews from jockey Blake Shinn and taking her record to three wins in succession from four starts.
Shinn, on his last day of riding in Sydney before commencing his riding contract at Sha Tin, stalked the $1.60 favourite Sir Elton with 60kg under Hugh Bowman on his filly with 56.5kg as they went across the High Street side.
Waiting until they were on the home stretch Shinn then applied the pressure and his filly was more than up to the task as she lengthened very well leaving Sir Elton and the rest to their own contest as she sped off to the line.
The winning margin was 2 1/4L with Shinn riding hands and heels and Haut Brion Her not extended in the run and looking as if she was still learning.
Misteed (Exceed And Exel) (55.5kg) and Tommy Berry were second with a short half head margin over Sir Elton (Your Song) who was tasting defeat for the first time in his four start career. A $20,000 wager at $1.65 was placed on Sir Elton 40 minutes before the start.
The time was 1.10.44 on the Soft 6 track setting a new class record with the final 600m in 34.56. Haut Brion Her paid $3.40 on fixed odds and $3.30 on the tote.
Haut Brion Her and Blake Shinn with Sir Elton and Hugh Bowman on the rails, picture Stevehart.com.au
“It was not going to easy for the top-weight Sir Elton with 60kg against mine with 56.5kg. I thought it was going to be a great contest and I was not sure I was actually going to come out on top,” said Shinn.
“But I did not want to make it just a two-horse war out there, I wanted to ride my horse and ride her to her strengths and she is still only learning. I wanted to make sure she settled well in the first part until it was time to apply a bit of pressure to the favourite.
“I did that and she did everything right, put the pressure on when I needed to and she won with plenty of authority.
“The sky is the limit for her, she had a great future and she is in right care with Chris. Who knows where she could end up,” he said.
“The owners have been nice and patient with her. She has come back a pretty special horse, we saw it at Canterbury and again here today. The leader was the favourite and obviously a very talented horse and we would have to make it (Sir Elton) work to get the better of it as it has a good turn of foot,” said Waller.
“Blake threw down the challenge at the top of the straight and we had the better of it which is good.
“She is a well-bred horse and if those horses show that ability and you give them a bit of time they can really jump out of the ground. It is a good time of the year for these types of horses and I think she will measure up in some better races in the spring,” he said.
Hau Brion Her is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare One in a Million and she is owned by GJ Johnson, SW Gardner and PJ Liston. She was second on debut over 1250m on the Kensington track last November followed by a win over 1400m at Warwick Farm in December before a spell and a winning return over 1250m at Canterbury on July 3rd. Stakes earnings are $110,950.
Haut Brion Her, picture Sportpix.com.au
Book Spring Hospitality Handicap, photo finish picture ATC