Peter Giadresco’s progressive three-year-old Watermans Bay claimed an upset win at Ascot on Saturday, the gelding out sprinting short-priced favourite Night War in the 2011 Placid Ark Stakes.
Run as part of the black-type action of the Festival of Perth Racing, the $80,000 Listed Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) was spruiked as Simon Miller’s Group 2 winning filly’s Night War’s for the taking.
On the day, however, it was Watermans Bay who got the better of the punters’ pick.
A patient ride by one of Perth’s leading jockeys Troy Turner allowed Watermans Bay ($13) to settle just off the pace before making a late charge to the line.
It was an attack timed to perfection, Watermans Bay able to run down the early leaders and emerge the Placid Ark Stakes winner hitting the line one and a quarter lengths ahead of Night War ($1.90F) while Success Park ($21) made up plenty of ground to finish off the trifecta two and three quarter lengths further back.
It was the first time Watermans Bay had been inside the winner’s stall since their opening two career runs and wins as a two-year-old during the winter.
They have now won three of their five starts for $135,650 in prize money.
Owner-breeder John Molloy, who has been breeding thoroughbreds with wife Sharon for the past two decades, was thrilled with the win having watched Watermans Bay’s mother Parisian Princess finish third in the same race back in 1997.
“Watermans Bay’s dam Parisian Princess ran third in the Placid Ark in 1997,” he said.
“So it was good to see her son come out today and win so well.”
Watermans Bay will likely be given the chance to prove their Placid Ark Stakes win was no fluke and add to their growing career earnings in the $125,000 Group 3 Lee Steere Classic (1400m) back at Ascot Racecourse on December 10.
“We have a very high opinion of him,” Giadresco’s son, and stable foreman, Matt said.
“He’s now won over 1000 metres and 1200 metres and he could go further.
“I want to speak to Troy (Turner, jockey) first before we look at whether he (definitely) goes ahead into the Lee Steere (Classic).”
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2011 Placid Ark Stakes Finishing Order
Ascot Race 4 – 26/11/2011
|1||5||WATERMANS BAY||Peter Giadresco||Troy Turner||–||6||56kg||$13|
|2||1||NIGHT WAR||Simon A Miller||Patrick Carbery||1.25L||4||57kg||$1.90F|
|3||4||SUCCESS PARK||Vince Cavallaro||Shaun O’Donnell||4L||3||56kg||$21|
|4||7||VENETIAN PRINCE||Trevor Andrews||Jarrad Noske||4.5L||2||55kg||$9.50|
|5||6||FLYING AFFAIR||Lindsey Smith||Paul Harvey||6.5L||8||55kg||$4.20|
|6||3||GRACETOWN||Jason Pateman||William Pike||7.25L||1||56kg||$9|
|7||2||WESTERN FEVER||David Harrison||Peter Knuckey||7.75L||5||57kg||$31|
|8||8||IN EDEN’S HONOUR||Jeremy Easthope||Marco Chui||10L||7||53kg||$51|