Ormsby Backs Guineas Winner for Cups

July 4, 2011

Ormsby Backs Guineas Winner for Cups

New Zealand hoop Chad Ormsby believes the horse he rode to a strong Sunshine Coast Guineas win on the weekend, Shenzhou Steeds, has the potential to develop into a genuine Cups contender in the future.

Prepared by former Kiwi Michael Moroney at Flemington, Ishiguru gelding Shenzhou Steeds completed their Queensland raid backing up from two earlier wins at the Sunshine Coast and Doomben with a tidy one and a quarter length victory in the $100,000 Listed Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) last Saturday.

Going out as a $7.50 elect, Shenzhou Steeds and jockey Ormsby were able to beat home a quality field of fellow three-year-olds in the Caloundra Cup Day feature, beating home the likes of runner-up Under The Eiffel ($7) and the fast finishing Kelso Wood-trained third placegetter Benny’s Buttons ($4.60).

Shenzhou Steeds has won four of their eight career starts, including their past three on the trot in Queensland, and connections now plan to spell the promising stayer in preparation for a Melbourne Spring Carnival campaign.

“He’s well overdue for the paddock and at the end of the day he was too good for them,” Ormsby said.

“He’s been an immature horse all the way along and I think he can develop into a Cups horse; he’s got untapped potential and is a really good galloper.”

Ormsby, 22, has a nice association with the rising four-year-old, having not only ridden Shenzhou Steeds to three of their four race wins, but also being the mastermind behind the horse’s purchase.

“He’s a lovely horse and we only bought him on Chad’s advice,” former Melbourne Cup-winner trainer Moroney explained.

“Chad rang me up after he’d won on the horse (at Rotorua in April) and said he was a very good horse because he’d ridden him badly.

“I watched the replay and it was a bit of an ordinary ride but I was undecided and then Chad rang me again and told me the horse was starting again on a wet track and the horse wouldn’t handle it.

“He ran fourth that day so we put in a lower offer and got him.”

Moroney is gearing up for a big Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with two of his stable stars set to target the Australasian weight-for-age championship, the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on October 22.

Brazilian Pulse

Brazilian Pulse (pictured) and stablemate Glass Harmonium will target the 2011 Cox Plate

Both his Crown Oaks winning filly Brazilian Pulse and star import Glass Harmonium, a big player in the Brisbane Winter Carnival features, have returned to work and are on track for a Cox Plate tilt where they could face dual defending champ So You Think.

“Brazilian Pulse has returned to Melbourne and Glass Harmonium returns to stable up here (at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland) next week,” Moroney said.

“We have been coming up here for a long time and found that spelling horses up here works.

“I think we will look at the Cox Plate with both of them.

“They have both had a good break and are ready to come back.”

A rising six-year-old, European import Glass Harmonium hit headlines in Australia after their successful first-time campaign here during the winter.

Debuting with a gallant second to Chris Waller’s My Kingdom of Fife in the Hollindale Stakes on the Gold Coast, Glass Harmonium went on to record a third to Scenic Shot in the Group 1 Doomben Cup, win the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup and then run second to upset winner Tullamore in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup last start at Eagle Farm on June 11.

“Glass Harmonium’s coat is looking very good and I think he will be a better horse in the spring,” Moroney said.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field