Stirling Grove Wins The 2011 Premier Signs Plate – Caulfield Race 1

Stirling Grove

Stirling Grove wins Caulfield Race 1 on Blue Diamond Stakes Day

The first race at Caulfield’s Blue Diamond Stakes Day has been won by Richard Jolly’s Stirling Grove.

The three-year-old gelding won the Premier Signs Plate by a long neck in Race 1 on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The 1200m Premier Signs Plate was open to three-year-olds only and was worth $70,000.

Stirling Grove jumped well from the gates and found himself leading the field one out from the rail in the early stages.

Éclair Mystic, who was the late market mover- moving in from $3.50 to $2.60 at Luxbet– had a very easy on pace run up front on the rail.

It appeared to be a two horse race between Éclair Mystic and Stirling Grove down the home straight until Stirling Grove stormed ahead of the field around 150 metres from home.

Utah Saints finished well to get home for second, while Too Deadly, who was held up for a run, did well to finish third.

Éclair Mystic died in her run down the strait and finished a disappointing last.

Stirling Grove was the top weight in the 2011 Premier Signs Plate field and paid odds of $3.30 at Luxbet.

The Mossman gelding will now either be sent back to his home track for the Adelaide carnival, or may stay to contend some of the Stakes level races in Melbourne.

The 2011 Premier Signs Plate was won in a fast time of 1 minute and 9.37 seconds.

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2011 Premier Signs Plate Results

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 1 STIRLING GROVE(7) Craig Williams Richard Jolly 58.0 1-9.37
2nd 4 UTAH SAINTS(2) James Winks Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 55.5 0.4L
3rd 6 TOO DEADLY(3) Glen Boss Mark Kavanagh 55.5 1.9L
4th 9 QUARTERBAR(6) Nicholas Hall Michael Moroney 55.5 2.0L
5th 8 COMMANDING TIME(8) Danny Nikolic Brendan McCarthy 55.5 2.2L
6th 2 THAT’S NOT IT(5) Dwayne Dunn Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 58.0 4.0L
7th 5 GOLDSTONE(4) Michael Rodd Bart Cummings 55.5 4.1L
8th 3 ECLAIR MYSTIC(1) Chris Symons Robert Smerdon 57.0 4.3L
Src 7 PRIMAL INSTINCT Michael Walker Michael Hibbs
Src 10 MARVELLOUS MISS Glen Boss Robbie Griffiths
Src 11 KULGRINDA Luke Nolen Peter G Moody

Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography