There were four of them all together on the line in Victoria Derby Day race eight result, but it was the all-the-way frontrunner Sister Madly who held on an incredibly brave 2011 Salinger Stakes victory to see out the John Sadler-trained mare’s spring season.
Not renowned for having many starts during a single campaign, Redoute’s Choice five-year-old Sister Madly was four runs into her spring carnival crusade.
All week local Flemington-based trainer Sadler was worried about Sister Madly heading into the $300,000 Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) as she showed all the signs of having trained off.
“I was terribly worried the whole week that she’d trained off and she’s not renowned for having many starts in the same prep,” Sadler said after the race.
“She’d shown all the signs this week that she’d trained off.”
But credit to her, Sister Madly fought it out until the very end and came away with her fourth career success and second this season following her first-up victory in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m).
Bagging $180,000 in prize money for her first place finish in the Salinger, Sister Madly’s total career earnings now stands at just over $678,000, the expensive mare purchased for nearly $1 million by connections.
It was a great end to a great season today’s Salinger Stakes winner, Sister Madly also having finished runner-up to Sepoy in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and a nose away second to More Joyous in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup Day.
The Salinger Stakes result was also a memorable one for jockey Damien Oliver who for the first time in his decorated career enjoyed a Derby Day triple having earlier saluted aboard 2011 Melbourne Cup-bound Glass Harmonium in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and Hurtle Myrtle for her upset win in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
In doing so, Oliver was the second hoop in 14 years to achieve the rare Derby Day triple joining Glen Boss.
Sister Madly was the Salinger favourite at Luxbet jumping at a price of $4 and she saluted for not only her connections but the punters as well.
In one of the most exciting editions of the Salinger Stakes in recent years, Sister Madly jumped away from her barrier nine draw well and went straight to the front to lead the field.
She raced keenly and really wanted to go out in front, Neeson settled in second on her inside while Temple Of Boom got a gun run just off the speed.
With the favourite out in front, the rest of the field bunched in behind her looking for cover but it proved the wrong tactic as Sister Madly would go all the way.
With 200 metres left to travel the Tony Gollan-trained Temple Of Boom started to come at them as did Peter Snowden’s consistent Commands gelding Rarefied.
In a four way photo finish Sister Madly was found to have just held on, battling it out until the end to win, Rarefied in second and honest straight track specialist Temple Of Boom in third with fourth placegetter Metallurgical a length off the winner.
“She’s very brave,” Oliver said after the victory.
“We were running on empty a bit the last hundred but she gave it everything she’s got and luckily we held on.”
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2011 Salinger Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1st||6||SISTER MADLY(9)||Damien Oliver||John Sadler||54.5||1-10.41|
|2nd||13||RAREFIED(7)||Kerrin McEvoy||Peter Snowden||52.0||0.1L|
|3rd||2||TEMPLE OF BOOM(12)||James McDonald||Tony Gollan||56.5||0.2L|
|4th||14||METALLURGICAL(6)||Joao Moreira||John P Thompson||52.0||1.0L|
|5th||4||CATAPULTED(8)||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh||55.5||1.2L|
|6th||9||MID SUMMER MUSIC(10)||Ben Melham||Peter G Moody||52.5||1.3L|
|7th||5||PHELAN READY(13)||Brad Rawiller||Jason McLachlan||55.0||1.4L|
|8th||12||STIRLING GROVE(14)||Craig Williams||Richard Jolly||52.0||1.8L|
|9th||11||PANIPIQUE(2)||Craig Newitt||Peter G Moody||52.0||3.8L|
|10th||8||EGO’S DARE(11)||Brenton Avdulla||Gerald Ryan||52.5||5.0L|
|10th||3||NEESON(5)||Hugh Bowman||Joseph Pride||56.0||5.0L|
|12th||1||BLACK PIRANHA(4)||Michael Walker||Anthony Freedman||58.0||7.5L|
|13th||10||CURTANA(1)||Luke Nolen||Peter G Moody||52.0||7.8L|
|14th||7||STANZOUT(3)||Danny Nikolic||Colin Davies||53.5||8.8L|