Two very famous sets of racing colours, both carried by past Golden Slipper winners, were to the fore in the opening events on the Sydney midweek metropolitan program at Warwick Farm when Jack The Lad (by I Am Invincible) scored a narrow win in the first of the day and Deniki (by Not a Single Doubt) snuck home in the second.
Jack The Lad took out the $50,000 Fosted @ Darley Handicap (1400m) in colours synonymous with the Horwitz family and the brilliant Golden Slipper winner Sir Dapper.
A strapping 3-year-old gelding trained by Chris Waller, Jack The Lad surged close to the post to open up his winning account at the second time of asking, at the expense of Much Much Better in second and Seleque in third.
A $575,000 yearling sale purchase, Jack The Lad races for Mr P D L Horwitz, Mr R S Canceri, Mrs J A Canceri, Yarraman Park Stud, Yarradale Stud, Three Hooks Seafood, Mr K H Warriner, Mr J M Simmons, Ms S M Fitzgerald, New South Wales Pastoral Company and Mr J T C Lake.
Speaking after the race, winning jockey Brenton Avdulla suggested that Jack The Lad would have little difficultly in developing into a “Saturday performer” and was also likely to be better suited by 1600 metres in time to come
In a wide open betting event, Jack The Lad started at $5.50, and the placegetters Much Much Better and Seleque as $5.00 equal favourites.
Official margins were a Long-Head by Three-quarters of a length.
Winning time was 1m21.85s (last 600m in 34.59s) on a Good 4.
The $50,000 Vinery Stallions Plate (1100m) just over half an hour later — and on an upgraded track — saw Deniki record her first career success in the colours of George Altomonte's Corumbene Stud.
Sent to post the $2.50 favourite, the natural frontrunner attempted to make all in the 1100m assignment but got headed by the eventual runner-up Osamu with 200 metres to race.
Given a vigorous ride by Tommy Berry over the closing stages, the striking chestnut daughter of Not a Single Doubt came again close to the finishing line to score by virtually the barest possible margin.
Third home in the race was the contest's second favourite Newsreader.
Winning time of the race was a sharp 1m02.81s (last 600m in 33.44s) on a Good 3.
Official margins were a Short-Head by Two-Lengths.
SPs were Deniki $2.50 favourite, Osamu $4.80 and Newsreader $3.30.
Deniki is raced by Corumbene Stud Pty Ltd, Mr G Altomonte, Mr A G Altomonte, Mr G Severino, Mr T Altomonte, Ms L N Smith and Mrs J Altomonte.
Corumbene Stud and the Altomonte family have the distinction of breeding not one but two Golden Slipper winners in the form of Sebring and Overreach, the latter of which they raced.
Frosted @ Darley Handicap
Vinery Stallions Plate, photo finish pictures ATC