The$125,000, Group 3 BMW Doncaster Prelude (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday was the first leg of the Sydney Quadrella and third leg of the Big 6, for anyone still alive after a blow out in the first leg but the win by Skyerush was not much help for them.
Skyerush holds off Alma's Fury to win the Doncaster Prelude, picture sportpix.com.au
Beaten Up for Chris Waller and Raspberries for Peter Snowden were the best backed prior to the race but it was the Guy Walter trained Skyerush (58kg) who toughed it out and handed the trainer his second win for the day, after Toydini took out the Group 3 Bacardi Rum Carbine Club Stakes (1600m), with jockey Blake Shinn partnering both.
Havana Rey and Mahisara lead the pack at a solid enough tempo with Skyerush sitting mid field. When Shinn sent her forward with 200m to run the mare pinned her ears back and was too smart for the rest
On a warm day and on a Dead 4 track, Skyerush held out Alma's Fury (Refuse To Bend) (57kg) and Hugh Bowman who was game, with Illo (GER) (Tertullian) (55kg) and Michael Rodd just beating Raspberries for fourth.
The margins were 1/2 Neck and 1 1/4L with the time of 1.36.13 and a last 600m of 36.61. Skyrush paid $17.80 on NSW TAB.
“She is a lovely mare, I thought today in this company with a fair bit of weight we thought she had a tough task but she is a great little mare and she loves to win and she toughed it out very well,” said Walter.
“No she is not running in the Doncaster she will be back here for the Emancipation that’s always been her aim and I think set weights and penalties really suits her.
“Some of those placings she had such as the Winter Stakes do not go against her in those races and she is going to be very hard to beat. She won the race last year and I think she will be very hard to beat again.”
“Susie castle-Roach, who part-owns her and bred her, reared her on her place down at Wee Jasper near Yass and she is a great credit to her. She has never had an unsound day.
“She is rising eight but she has done a mighty job,” he said.
“The second horse Alma’s Fury I rode in his last couple he is a pretty hard horse to get passed and he is a pretty determined horse and I knew I would be in for the fight but my horse she is up to the task and its great to win on her,” said Shinn.
“She is such an honest mare and it’s fantastic for the connections and fantastic for Guy Walter and its great to get another win on board.”
“It just makes the stable what it is and it gives such a great buzz on Australian Derby Day and with Black Caviar here and to get a double for the stable it’s just a magic day,” he said.
Skyerush, picture sportpix.com.au
Skyerush is by Super Jet (USA) out of the Bellotto mare BallyAura. Owned by Castle-Roche and R J Gilbert she has now won ten times from 43 starts. With 19 placings she has earned stakes of $839,310.
There is no Doncaster Mile for the Doncaster Prelude winner and no Big 6 or Quaddie left for many punters as well.