Frankly Awesome rewards patience with WJ McKell Cup win

Patience can be rewarded with Frankly Awesome’s win in the $120,000, listed Iron Jack WJ McKell Cup (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday an example.

The Kris Lees trained mare, one of five from the stable in the race, is the product of a Frankel service to Southern Hemisphere time after the Upper Hunter Valley based Cressfield Stud purchased her mare Street Secret (Street Cry) in the UK.

Well considered by the stable the filly ran a second place in the 2019 Group 1 Vinery Stakes over 2000m followed by a third in the Group 1 ATC Oaks over 2400m at Randwick.

Unfortunately she was injured in the Oaks and it has taken time to recover and then four runs to produce that three-year-old form.

Lees has no doubt that the Soft 7 track, upgraded from a Heavy 8 earlier in the programme, played a major part for Frankly Awesome’s win.

Once Jason Collett, riding a double for the meeting, sent Frankly Awesome (54kg) out to challenge down the middle of the track the win was hers with the margin at the line a decisive 3/4L to stablemate Sixties Groove (IRE) (Sixties Icon) (60kg) and Kerrin McEvoy.

Carzoff (FR) (Zoffany) (57kg) and James McDonald were a nose away in third with the $4.50 favourite Attention Run (GER), another Lees runner, not featuring to finish ninth.

The time was 2.05.94 and the final 600m in 35.40. Frankly Awesome paid $11.00 on fixed odds and $11.80 on the tote.

Frankly Awesome’s win took her stakes earnings to $331,250 and her value to infinitely more than that total.

Frankly Awesome and Jason Collett, picture

WJ McKell Cup, photo finish picture ATC