2011 D’Urban Stakes Won by Dusty Star – Caulfield CF Orr Day Race 3 Results

Dusty Star

Dusty Star wins 2011 D'Urban Stakes

Race three at Caulfield’s CF Orr Stakes Day this afternoon has been won by Dusty Star who ran his fellow three-year-old rivals off their feet to claim an impressive all-the-way victory in the $180,000 Group 2 D’Urban Stakes (1400m).

It was a career-best win for General Nediym gelding Dusty Star who maintained a blistering speed throughout to win the D’Urban Stakes in an outstanding time of 1:25.5.

In-form hoop Craig Williams, who scored victory earlier in Caulfield Race 2 aboard Lord Pyrus, produced another beautiful ride.

Dusty Star got away well from barrier five and hit the front to take an easy early lead ahead of the John Thompson-trained Run For Levi.

The eventual winner just flew along and held a four length lead mid-way through the 1400m gallop, still ahead by two on the turn.

Race favourite Under The Eiffel was under enormous pressure after missing the jump by a length and then losing it around the turn.

Showing their class, Under The Eiffel eventually moved up on the far outside and ran a courageous second behind all-the-way winner Dusty Star.

In a photo finish for third the Robert Smerdon-trained Eclair Mystic finished off the Trifecta, the last start Zeditave Stakes’ winner far from disgraced today.

Purchased for $220,000 at the Magic Millions sales, Dusty Star has now won four of his 13 career starts today’s prize money boosting his total career earnings to around $218,000.

The 2011 Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 5 is the main autumn aim for Dusty Star, connections including trainer Peter Morgan confident they have the mile in them.

The next race on the Caulfield race card this afternoon is the first of the Blue Diamond Preludes when the colts and geldings face off at 2:35pm (AEDST).

Can hot favourite Sepoy maintain his unbeaten record? We think so and to back them at the best odds head to Luxbet now!

2011 D’Urban Stakes Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 5 DUSTY STAR(5) Craig Williams Peter Morgan 55.5 1-22.50
2nd 7 UNDER THE EIFFEL(1) Jamie Mott Tony Vasil 55.5 1.0L
3rd 4 ECLAIR MYSTIC(9) Chris Symons Robert Smerdon 57.0 1.2L
4th 8 ROADTRAIN(2) Damien Oliver Tony Vasil 55.5 1.3L
5th 2 ECLAIR SURPRISE(6) Luke Nolen Peter G Moody 57.5 1.4L
6th 6 SERVANT(3) Ben Melham Peter G Moody 55.5 1.6L
7th 1 HOLLOWLEA(11) Nicholas Hall Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 58.0 2.6L
8th 3 RUN FOR LEVI(8) Craig Newitt John P Thompson 57.0 4.1L
9th 11 I THINK I DO(4) Corey Brown Bart Cummings 55.5 6.1L
10th 9 GILDED SPUR(7) Glen Boss Anthony Cummings 55.5 8.4L
11th 10 KERCHINGS(10) Danny Nikolic Anthony Cummings 55.5 28.4L

Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography