Dark Eyes Wins the $150,000 Goulburn Cup
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 Cinnamon Dove (USA), a half-sister to US Group II winner Walkslikeaduck.
Since the horse joined Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable the gelding has been in the winners circle on seven occasions for his connections. A lovely reward for a horse that has been placed to advantage. Dark Eyes will now look to the Group 2 Villiers Stakes at Randwick over the 1600m on Saturday 16th December before he travels to the Gold Coast for Magic Millions Day in early January in the new year.
Congratulations to our Dark Eyes owners Mr C A London, Mr M Jones, Mr P J Taunton, Mr G R Hunt, Mr S F Lawrence Mr C S Lawrence, Mr M J Kayem, Mr L J Gore, Mr G F Doyle, Mr N Lal, Mr D R Murray Mr P Q Conroy, Mr J L Conroy, Mr L Keir, Snitzelation (Synd), Mallee Boys (Synd)