Waratah’s Secret Scores Victory in 2010 AJ Scahill Stakes

On Saturday the highlight event at Ascot Racecourse was the $125,000 Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) where David Harrison’s improving four-year-old Waratah’s Secret claimed a sensational all-the-way victory ahead of a strong field of competitors.

Oratorio gelding Waratah’s Secret was coming off a number of consistent runs at the track including their last start fourth to Hadabeclorka in the Winterbottom Stakes, but on Saturday they turned the table and claimed a well-earned win.

Jumping from barrier nine with Paul Harvey in the mount, Waratah’s Secret ($2.60 favourite) hit the front early and went on to score an emphatic victory finishing two and a quarter lengths ahead of Hadabeclorka ($7) with the Neville Parnham-trained outsider Elliotto ($26) a brave third just a further quarter length back.

The AJ Scahill Stakes win was the eighth victory from 14 starts for Waratah’s Secret who has now won nearly $530,000 in career prize money for their connections.

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2010 AJ Scahill Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Place Horse Jockey Trainer Margin SP
1 WARATAH’S SECRET Paul Harvey David Harrison 1:21.82 $2.60F
2 HADABECLORKA William Pike Brent Larsson 2 1/4 L $7
3 ELLIOTTO Brad Parnham Neville Parnham 2 1/2 L $26
4 PROART Peter Hall Adam Durrant 3 L $15
5 MARASCO Daniel Staeck Fred Kersley 3 3/4 L $6.50
6 KING KOOL KAT Jason Whiting Ian Glading 4 L $5
7 TARZI Steven Parnham Neville Parnham 6 L $21
8 NOBLE STEED Craig Staples Dixie Solly 7 3/4 L $101
9 MEGATIC Patrick Carbery Albie Beckett 7 3/4 L $7.50
10 KASBIAN Shaun O’Donnell Darren McAuliffe 10 L $14