Snitzel five year-old Dark Eyes won the Listed Canberra Cup earlier this year and the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained gelding added another feature win to his resume when taking out the $150,000 Goulburn Cup on Sunday. A $68,000 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale purchase for Darby Racing from the draft of Widden Stud, Dark Eyes seems to be getting better and better with maturity.
He raced up on the pace for Blake Shinn from a good draw and kicked on strongly to win the 1600 metre feature by half a neck.
Dark Eyes has won eight of 24 starts earning in excess of $468,000 in prizemoney for his large team of happy owners. Dark Eyes is the first winner for winning Gulch mare Cinnam
Promising 3YO filly 'Star Sensation' made it back to back wins yesterday at Randwick after she dominated the benchmark 76 Fillies and mares handicap run over 1300m ridden by Koby Jennings. Jockey Koby Jennings credits trainer Mark Newnham for helping rejuvenate the young rider’s career and yesterday the pair combined for a win on three-year-old filly Star Sensation (Star Witness) at Randwick. The lightly raced filly made it three wins from seven starts when overcoming a slow getaway yesterday to win the fillies and mares benchmark 76 handicap (1300m). “Even riding her in trackwork before I knew the horse’s name I said to Mark she’s a pretty good horse,’’ Jennings said. “So it’s good to get
GAI Waterhouse could add to her six Golden Slippers next year with bargain buy Setsuna being aimed toward the country’s biggest juvenile race after the flying filly scored a tearaway win in the opening race on Cup Day. Waterhouse holds the record for Slipper wins, along with her late father Tommy Smith, and she and her training partnership Adrian Bott are confident Setsuna can measure up. The daughter of Choisir, who was sold at the Sydney Inglis Classic Sales to Darby Bloodstock for $55,000 in February, started at $8 on Tuesday. She led from start to finish to score by a 1½ lengths from Roobeena ($10) with Aristocratic Miss ($14) in third place. Favourite Qafila was one of the hardluck stor