John O’Shea’s promising stayer Zabrasive made the most of his favourable draw and proved he had distance and determination in his blood on Saturday when he won the $500, 000 Group 1 Darley Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
Zabrasive and eventual runner-up, Australian Crown Guineas winner Rock Classic, gave the crowds an intense and thrilling finish in the 2010 Rosehill Guineas as the pair battled for the Group 1 win over the final 200m.
After a gallant charge and brief lead by Rock Classic, it was Zabrasive ($6) who came away with the narrow win by just a nose ahead of the Bart Cummings-trained Rock Classic ($3.70) with John Thompson’s filly Run For Naara ($11) two lengths away for third.
Zabrasive, a winner of three of his six career starts, will now move on to the coveted $1.3million AJC Australian Derby in a fortnight at Randwick, for which he is currently the odds-on favourite for.
For more details on the 2010 Rosehill Guineas results click on the race name.
Randwick racecourse was host to a range of other excellent events on Saturday including the $150, 000 Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes where the Gai Waterhouse-trained Brightexpectations claimed victory, and the $150, 000 Group 2 Magic Night Stakes won by Peter Moody’s improving filly Willow Creek.
The other Group status races run at the meeting were the $150, 000 Group 2 Ajax Stakes where Brilliant Light claimed victory and the $125, 000 Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes won by Triscay Stakes winner Patronyme.
Rosehill Guineas Results for 2010:
|John O’Shea||Nash Rawiller|
|Bart Cummings||Michael Rodd|
RUN FOR NAARA
|John P Thompson||Chris Munce|
|John Wallace||Stathi Katsidis|
|John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy|
|Roger Milne||Scott Seamer|
|David Hayes||Steven Arnold|
|Mick Price||Blake Shinn|
|John P Thompson||Brenton Avdulla|