Midnight In Tokyo lights up Randwick

Jockey Sam Clipperton did not want to be at the rear of the field entering the main straight on the $5.50 favourite Midnight In Tokyo in the $150,000, Home Affairs At Coolmore Handicap (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday, but he need not have worried as the filly came home well for the win.

Gold Coat trainer Kacy Fogden had sent the rising three-year-old Kobayashi filly to Randwick for a sixth place over 1100m on June 11th on a Heavy track after leading early and not having quite enough to sustain the effort.

Randwick’s Course Proper was a Heavy 9 on Saturday after 235.3mm of rain over the last seven days, however, with the rail out 9m the surface was nearly fresh ground as the two-year-old’s commenced the Winter Stakes meeting.

Midnight In Tokyo came out from barrier six last of the 11 strong field and travelling across the top she has just two outside her. Clipperton did not move until the 450m when he started the filly off on  a long run. He chased True Crime and Tim Clark which was a good move as they was the leaders at the 250m and a gap appeared outside which Clipperton sent Midnight In Tokyo into.

Midnight In Tokyo accepted the task well keeping up her strong run and with 60m to run she was leading. The winning margin was a decisive 1/2L over True Crime (Sooboog) and Clark with 3/4L to Gallant Star (Zoustar) and Clayton Gallagher.

The time was 1.07.58 with the final 600m in 37.40. Midnight In Tokyo paid $5.20 on the tote.

Midnight In Tokyo, out of the Casino Prince mare Orabelle, added an important metropolitan win to her record to go with her Group 3 Ken Russell Stakes second place at the Gold Coast back in May. Owned by her breeders, the Fung family, the filly has now earned stakes of $137,750.

"We have always had a very big opinion of her," Fogden said. 

"I thought it mapped a little bit awkwardly, but I didn't see her being that far back in that position, but Sam was patient with her and luckily the gaps opened up. 

"I think she is going to be a really nice autumn filly. 

"I don't know how much longer we will truly get out of her this preparation, she has been up a long time." 

"She was a little bit 'antsy' in the barriers then stepped a bit slow," said Clipperton. 

"I certainly was not concerned as on paper there looked to be great speed and I planned to be back midfield anyway. 

"I had to wait for the split to come but when it did, she accelerated well and handled the ground. 

"She is obviously versatile but the penny has not dropped with her yet. When it does, she will be a nice filly. She certainly has a motor," he said. 

Midnight In Tokyo and Sam Clipperton with True Crime and Tim Clark inside, picture

Home Affairs At Coolmore Handicap, photo finish picture ATC