Foreteller (GB) has worn down Fiveandahalfstar over the concluding stages to win the $400,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill today.
Foreteller gets past Fiveandahalfstar, picture Sportpix.com.au
Australian Cup second placegetter Fivandahalfstar was quickly away and went straight to the lead ahead of Gatewood (GB) and Manighar, at one stage putting three lengths on the field.
The Anthony Cummings-trained three-year-old then kicked clear rounding the turn and looked the winner before tiring over the final 200m, drifting to the middle of the track.
Getting a good run throughout, Foreteller who was ridden by Jim Cassidy came with his run and proved too strong over the final stages to score a narrow half length win over the gallant Fiveandahalfstar with Maluckyday (NZ) running on for third two and three quarter lengths away.
Trainer Chris Waller said a lot of credit must be given to jockey Jim Cassidy who brought up his 96th Group 1 winner.
“Today he was able to be ridden suitably and that’s just Sydney racing but he is the winner of it and good ride Jim Cassidy,” said Waller.
“Jim Cassidy when you see him letting unleash over the last 200m he actually can lift a horse and his whip seems to go from heading downwards to lifting them upwards and it is just amazing to watch especially when it turns out like that.
“The Australian Cup was run under breakneck speed, today gave our horse a chance to be a bit more composed and in comparison to Flemington two weeks ago he was off the bridle the whole way, given the run of the race with no cover he was on the fence.”
Waller said it would be hard to not take Foreteller to the BMW Stakes in two weeks time.
“Horses like this we just take one run at a time who knows I guess you go the next step in two weeks time, it is his home track and $2.5 million BMW they don’t come around every second day,” Waller said.
Today’s victory was the first Group 1 winner Cassidy has ridden for the Waller stable and said he was very thankful for the support of the stable.
“It was a good tough effort the tempo was on and Pete (Robl) got us all chasing 600m out and Chris (Waller) just said don’t panic keep him balanced and forget about him the first half of the race and try and let him travel into it,” said Cassidy.
“I travelled in nice behind Kelinni and Gatewood coming to the corner and I had him in my sights I only had three lengths to pick up but I was starting to come into it nice.
“I appreciate the support, I mean you have to be riding winners to be getting the support and Chris has been marvellous to me the last two or three years and I don’t ride a lot work for Chris but I ride a lot at the trials and that keeps my eye in to pick up a couple rides.
“It’s a great thrill for me to ride my first Group one winner for Chris Waller so very proud.”
Foreteller is by Dansili (GB) out of Prophecy (IRE) and is owned by Werrett Bloodstock (Mgr: N Werrett), G G Ltd Syn (Mgr: G Peterson), I Bruce, D Ackery, F Cook, Mrs C Cook, K Hunt, B Mathieson, R Smith, B Bradley & Est B Wright.
Photofinish, by ATC