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
|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|