Wednesday’s midweek metropolitan program at Randwick-Kensington in Sydney got underway with two quality maiden events conducted over 1100 metres and two very well regarded individuals getting off the mark for their first career victory.
The first, labeled the $50,000 Vinery Stud Handicap, saw an impressive debut win by Starman, a 2-year-old son of Zoustar trained by Chris Waller and ridden to victory by James McDonald.
Sent to post a $6.50 chance after no fewer than five barrier trials since the end of November, Starman showed a brilliant turn of foot halfway down the Kenso straight to register win No.1 for his Who’s Who group of owners comprising Coolmore, Wynaus, Westerberg, Mr J Poulin, Sir P J Vela, Chris Waller Racing, Lynque, Woppitt Bloodstock, Peachester Lodge Pty Ltd, Mr K J Pooley, Mrs J L Pooley, Rockingham Thoroughbreds & Mr R McClure.
In an eight-horse field, Starman defeated Mikasa ($13.00) into second and Taizai ($15.00) into third, both placegetters originally being emergencies for the contest.
Starman was a $500,000 yearling sale purchase and is the latest quality galloper to have been reared and/or sold by Bowness Stud following the likes of Trapeze Artist, the siblings Youngstar and Funstar, and this season’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks winner Media Award.
The very promising colt scored by 1-1/4 Len, with 3/4 Len separating second and third.
Winning time was 1:03.64 (Last 600m 0:34.98).
Vinery Stud Handicap
In very similar fashion to the first, high-priced yearling sale purchase Jadida ($6.50) won the second race of the day at the Kenso meeting, namely the $50,000 Admire Mars At Arrowfield Handicap for 3-year-olds.
Having her fifth start for Godolphin, Jadida showed an impressive change of foot — just as Starman had done in the first — and went on to score at her first outing since April.
Latin Lyric ($12.00) closed rapidly over the final stages but failed by a Half-Head to catch Jadida, while Mount Fuji ($4.00) showed promise over the final 200 metres to claim third — a length-and-a-half in arrears of the runner-up.
Jadida fetched $1 million when bought as a yearling in January 2019 and is a daughter of Medaglia D’Oro (USA) and the former top-class race filly Miracles of Life.
Though Jadida had only previously placed at the Provincials, albeit on three occasions, Godolphin spokesman Darren Beadman said after the win that the filly’s form was better than it looked and that today’s success would give her confidence for her future racing career.
Winning jockey Rachel King has now ridden Jadida at four of her five starts to date and suggested that the rising 4-year-old should now be able to step-up to Saturday grade.
Jadida scored in the winning time of 1:03.45 (Last 600m: 0:34.38), which compares favourably with that recorded by the year-younger Jadida over the same distance to start the program.
Admire Mars Handicap, photo finish pictures ATC