Rostova Wins 2010 Robert Sangster Stakes

Improving three-year-old Rostova scored her maiden Group 1 success after three attempts in the $300, 000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (also known as the Sportingbet Classic) at Morphettville on Saturday.

The Steve Richards-trained roughie started the race at the generous price of $21 and went on to overcome her wide barrier 15 draw and defeat the odds-on favourite Velocitea ($4.40) by close to a length with the Anthony Cummings-trained Sister Madly in third.

Rostova, ridden expertly by Steven King, settled well back in the field to start before bursting through her rivals at the top of the straight to score a win in the 1200m feature.

The Mick Price-trained Velocitea gave chase and put the pressure on Rostova over the closing stages, but Rostova still had some in the tank and managed to hold on to her lead.

Rostova came into the spotlight last year when she was highly fancied to take out the Blue Diamond Stakes, but had failed to live up to the hype having not won a race until her comeback win on Saturday for nearly a year.

The winning Testa Rossa filly has now won five of her 14 career starts for $723, 475 in prizemoney. Proving herself to be a super sprinter, Rostova?s next big assignment will be the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick on April 17.

The other feature event at the meeting was the $300, 000 Group 1 Australasian Oaks (registered as the Schweppes Oaks), which saw a dramatic upset where long-priced outsider Small Minds ($26) claimed victory and the $4 favourite Speedy Natalie fail to finish.

2010 Robert Sangster Stakes Results:

Position

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

1
ROSTOVA
Steve Richards Steven King
2
VELOCITEA (NZ)
Mick Price Damien Oliver
3
SISTER MADLY
Anthony Cummings Dwayne Dunn
4
VALENTINE MISS
Mark Kavanagh Stephen Baster
5
TRIM
Peter Snowden Mark Zahra
6
VERY DISCREET
Richard Jolly Chad Lever
7
SHEKINAAR
David Jolly Matthew Neilson
8
MADAME PEDRILLE
Darren Smith Mark Flaherty
9
MONANA FLYER
Gai Waterhouse Brad Rawiller
10
MAJESTIC MUSIC
L Macdonald & A Gluyas Clare Lindop
11
JAALIPPY
Gordon Richards Michael Hoppo
12
AUGUSTA PROUD
L Macdonald & A Gluyas Jason Holder
13
HAPPY HIPPY
John P Thompson Danny Nikolic
14
HEADWAY
Peter G Moody Craig Newitt
15
LUCE DEL MARE
Mark Kavanagh Simon Price
16
AVENUE
Peter G Moody Luke Currie
17
TOOTSIE (NZ)
Michael Moroney James Winks
18
CERBERUS GAL
Gary Kennewell Ryan Plumb
Scratched
FALVELON?S DREAM
IRISH LIGHTS