Shopaholic has backed-up to win the Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse on today’s Blue Diamond Stakes Day.
The three-year-old filly won the race over hot favourite Soft Sand, who finished second, and Cute Emily, who ran home for third.
Shopaholic has now won five of her 10 race starts and has earned more than $275,000 in prize money.
Trainer Danny O’Brien felt the run proved that Shopaholic will be a major autumn contender.
“She’s a very high class filly,” O’Brien said.
Shopaholic won the Group 3 The Vanity last weekend over short priced favourite Mosheen.
“We ran her last week to have her cherry ripe for today,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien believes Shopaholic should have remained unbeaten during the spring carnival, where she won one of her three race starts.
“The two times she got beaten in the spring she was desperately unlucky,” he said.
The Pins filly will now head to the Group 2 AV Kewney Stakes at Flemington on March 10.
“The plan is we go to the Kewney in two weeks’ time,” O’Brein said.
“(Then) we’re eyeing off Brisbane (for the winter carnival).”
Co-owner Mark Chittick said the ride Shopaholic is taking them on has been nothing but fun.
“It’s very enjoyable,” he said.
“Danny’s done a great job with her and the stable’s done a great job with her.”
Jockey Glen Boss feels the filly is continuing to improve with every race start.
“She’s probably better than last week no doubt,” Boss said.
“When you look at her she’s just a plain little thing (but) she feels like she’s a hand bigger when you’re on her back and that’s a good thing.
“I thought she had a lot better turn of foot today than what she had last week.”
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2012 Angus Armanasco Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||3||SHOPAHOLIC (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Glen Boss||–||3||57kg||$8|
|2||5||SOFT SAND||Colin Little||Damien Oliver||1L||10||56.5kg||$2.80F|
|3||4||CUTE EMILY||Peter G Moody||Craig Newitt||2.75L||9||56.5kg||$31|
|4||11||TWILIGHTING||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||2.95L||11||55kg||$9|
|5||1||ANABANDANA||Don Sellwood||Craig Williams||3.15L||1||57.5kg||$4.80|
|6||7||NOCTURNELLE||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||4.9L||5||55.5kg||$10|
|7||6||SECRET LIAISON||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Jamie Mott||5L||8||56.5kg||$41|
|8||2||BLISS STREET||Daniel Morton||Steven Arnold||5.1L||7||57.5kg||$14|
|9||10||BELLE OF THE COURT||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5.85L||4||55kg||$17|
|10||12||INVEST||Clarry Conners||Nash Rawiller||9.85L||2||55kg||$71|
|11||13||LUCKY SPARKLE||Heath Conners||Ms Talia Rodder||12.1L||6||55kg||$201|