The Mick Kent trained Philippi has earned a shot at It’s A Dundeel (NZ) in next week’s $1.5m, Group 1 David Jones Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick by taking out the $175,000, Group Emirates Park Tulloch Stakes (2000m) At Rosehill.
Easy victory for Philippi and Luke Nolan in the Tulloch, picture sportpix.com.au
Ridden by Luke Nolen, Philippi travelled well in the back half of the field, moving into the race ominously around the turn, and closing the race out strongly down the middle of the track to suggest that stepping out to 2400m would be of little concern.
Gai Waterhouse’s Hippopus (NZ) (High Chaparral) and Nash Rawiller worked home strongly along the inside to finish second with outsider Sir Denzel (NZ) (Savabeel) and James McDonald grabbing third.
Proverb was well backed into $2.50 prior to the jump but was one paced, and ultimately disappointing, finishing midfield.
The margins were 3L and 1L with the time 2.05.08 on the Slow 7 track. The final 600m in was covered in 36.59. Philippi paid $6.40 on NSW TAB
Trainer Mick Kent was non-committal on a start in next weeks Derby with Rosehill Guineas winner It’s A Dundeel shaping as an ominous hurdle to clear.
“We will give that consideration it was very sobering to see that horse win last week obviously but we will stay in the game at the moment anyway,” said Kent.
“He was short of a run in the Alister Clark, they ran along and he got a long way back so I threw (blinkers) on him today to take a better spot, he raced pretty keen but got to the line pretty well I thought.”
Luke Nolen confirmed that the addition of blinkers had proven a plus for Philippi.
“I think it (blinkers) did help him he has had horses race tight around him either side of him and look it probably took me the best part of half a mile to sort of get him to come back and go kind for me but once he did he was always in control of the race I felt,” said Nolen.
“I kept his mind on the job because when he lost with the blinkers on he was going to switch off but that run will top him off nicely for the following week,” he said.
Philippi, a colt by Host out of the Encosta de Lago mare Soorena, was withdrawn from the Rosehill Guineas last week wth a potential sale overseas in the offering, however the sale did not eventuate.
Owned and bred by Ric Jamieson at his Victorian based Gilgai Farm the colt has now won four times from seven starts and earned stakes of $324,850. Jamieson has a big week ahead with his Redoute's Choice colt to be sold at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. The colt is the half-brother to Black Caviar and All Too Hard, both of whom Jamieson bred.
Race 3, photofinish picture ATC