TBNSW Breeders Update Winter/Spring 2018 - Page 9



The daughter of High Chaparral then became the first
filly since Scarlett Lady in 2011 to claim the Doomben
Roses – Queensland Oaks double.
Chris Waller’s filly came away with the win despite a
less than ideal run in transit, being bumped repeatedly
through the run and also getting forced wide with no
cover midrace.
She still proved too good though, edging out her
stablemate Another Dollar to give Chris Waller his third
Queensland Oaks in four years after Winx (2015) and
Egg Tart (2017), each at Doomben over 2200m rather
than the traditional 2400m at Eagle Farm.
Darren Weir raided South Australian 3YO features
firstly with Sopressa winning the Group 1 Schweppes
Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville on May 5.
The daughter of So You Think was dominant a fortnight
earlier in winning the Schweppervescence Stakes
(1800m) at the course.
She lifted again taking on a stronger group of fillies and
was given a perfect ride in behind the early speed by
Harry Coffey.
Shoals (Fastnet Rock x The Broken Shore)
The gelding arrived in Brisbane off
a second in the South Pacific Classic (1400m) at
Randwick on April 14 which returned him what at the
time was a new Master Timeform rating of 101p.
Life in the Sunshine State obviously agreed with the son
of All American who came away from the winter having
claimed both the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at
Doomben on May 12 and the Group 1 Queensland Derby
(2200m) at Doomben on June 9.
His Queensland Derby was given a Timeform rating of
114, clearly the pick of the staying efforts produced by
three-year-olds over the winter.
Clear space emerged for the pair immediately upon
on straightening and a slender win ensued from
Sheezdashing and Miss Admiration which returned a
Timeform rating of 107.
Weir struck again a week later courtesy of Leicester
in the Group 1 South Australian Derby at Morphettville
(2500m).
Despite having won the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes
(2035m) at Morphettville on April 28, Leicester went
into the race as somewhat of a distance query but
fought hard in the straight to win by 1.5 lengths from
Rezealient and Runaway.
The son of Wanted joined Howard Be Thy Name (2016)
and Volatile Mix (2017) as South Australian Derby
winners for Darren Weir in the past three years.
That said, closing well behind Dark Dream for third was
the Chris Waller-trained Youngstar who could be one to
watch next season.
The daughter of High Chaparral enjoyed a breakout prep
late in the season where she graduated from maiden
status to Group 1 winner through just four starts.
Youngstar jumped from provincial wins in New South
Wales to the Doomben Roses (2000m) on May 12 and
handled the grade rise with aplomb, claiming the Group
2 fillies event with a bit up the sleeve.
Dark Dream (All American x Buchanan Girl)
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