No Evidence Needed has taken out the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes at Rosehill racecourse today February 25, 2012.
The five-year-old mare has now won six of her 23 race starts and earned more than $600,000 in prize money.
Neeson was brave in defeat in second place, while Secret Admirer passed the post third despite her big weight.
No Evidence Needed won the race in a time of 1 minute and 10.06 seconds.
Trainer John Thompson was full of praise for the five-year-old mare after the race.
“She’s probably the most honest mare we’ve got,” Thompson said.
It was the first start for No Evidence Needed since she finished fourth to Black Caviar in the Group 1 BTC Cup in Brisbane last May, with the mare having had nine months off due to injury.
“And she’s coming back from a serious injury,” her trainer said.
No Evidence Needed was first up in today’s 2012 Southern Cross Stakes after taking part in two barrier trials where she finished first and fourth, respectively.
“After her first trial we were really positive about her preparation,” Thompson said.
“The second trial we were scratching our heads a little bit, she was a bit disappointing.”
The Shamardal mare’s main aim for the autumn will be the Group 1 Coolmore Classic on March 24, 2012.
“That’s the aim third-up,” the trainer said.
“She’s a good mare. She’s right up there.”
Jockey Joao Moreira was aboard No Evidence Needed for her 2012 Southern Cross Stakes win.
“She’s pretty smart. She knows what racing is about,” Moreira said.
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2012 Southern Cross Stakes Results
|01||5.NO EVIDENCE NEEDED||$9.00||3||104.00||55||Joao Moreira||John P Thompson|
|02||2.NEESON||1.5||$5.00||9||108.00||59||Peter Robl||Joseph Pride|
|03||1.SECRET ADMIRER||1.6||$4.80||6||113.00||59.5||Brenton Avdulla||Grahame Begg|
|04||8.LATIN NEWS||1.8||$3.20F||5||95.00||54||Hugh Bowman||David Payne|
|05||3.TRIPLE ELEGANCE||2.3||$12.00||4||106.00||58||Corey Brown||Chris Waller|
|06||7.SNOW ALERT||4.5||$31.00||2||99.00||54.5||Kathy O’Hara||Chris Waller|
|07||6.FIREBOLT (NZ)||4.6||$9.00||8||100.00||55||Glyn Schofield||Chris Waller|
|08||9.BEIJING BOY (NZ)||7.4||$101.00||1||94.00||54||Rod Quinn||Chris Waller|
|09||10.SAINTHOOD||7.9||$13.00||7||94.00||54||Jim Cassidy||Rick Worthington|
|SC||4.YOSEI||–||NA||–||108.00||57||Michelle Payne||Stuart Webb|