Twilight Royale Flies Home to Win 2013 Sires’ Produce Stakes

The impressive early career form from Sydney filly Twilight Royale continued today with a fast-finishing win in the Group 2 2013 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

Twilight Royale

Twilight Royale finished fast to win the Group 2 Sires' Produce Stakes for 2013. Picture: Sarah Ebbett

The two-year-old has now claimed the first two legs of the Inglis Triple Crown, with today’s victory coming on the back of a 2 1/2 length romp in the $250,000 Inglis Premier in Mornington.

She will get the chance to chase up to $2.6 million in bonus prizemoney in the third leg at Scone next year in the 2014 Scone Guineas.

With race-favourite Weinholt setting the pace, the race was set up perfectly for the daughter of Testa Rossa who used every bit of the Flemington straight to finish strongly and claim a narrow win over Shamus Award and Great Esteem.

Speaking from Sydney, trainer Bjorn  Baker was thrilled with the performance but said the result came as no surprise.

“We went down there and we were pretty confident,” Baker said.

“She licked her bowl clean and the only two times she’s ever licked her bowl clean was before Mornington and last night.”

Baker described the emerging galloper as a “winner” and is predicting bigger things to come for the now valuable broodmare.

“She tries and she’s very genuine and it’s nice to go to the races with a horse like that,” he said.

Twilight Royale has now won three of five starts and finished runner-up on the two other occasions.

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Sires’ Produce Stakes 2013 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 15 TWILIGHT ROYALE Bjorn Baker Michael Rodd 9 54.5kg $8
2 2 SHAMUS AWARD Danny O’Brien Nicholas Hall 0.2L 2 56.5kg $6
3 12 GREAT ESTEEM David Hayes Glen Boss 0.7L 13 56.5kg $10
4 11 NORTHERN JEWEL Anthony Cummings Dwayne Dunn 1.45L 16 56.5kg $71
5 4 GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Clare Lindop 2.2L 6 56.5kg $7
6 18e GRAVITATIONAL Danny O’Brien Noel Callow 3.7L 11 56.5kg $101
7 6 WEINHOLT Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 3.9L 8 56.5kg $3.70F
8 7 EPIC SAGA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 4.1L 4 56.5kg $51
9 14 PARFURI Peter Snowden Brett Prebble 4.3L 3 56.5kg $14
10 5 RUTHERGLEN David Payne Craig Williams 5.55L 1 56.5kg $14
11 10 CHAMPOLLION Peter Snowden Steven Arnold 7.05L 10 56.5kg $21
12 16 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon Craig Newitt 7.45L 5 54.5kg $13
13 8 SLEW LEFT Michael Templeton Ibrahim Gundogdu 7.85L 15 56.5kg $201
14 1 DIRECT CHARGE Robbie Laing Ben Melham 8.85L 12 56.5kg $26
15 9 CONSORTING Stephen Hutchinson Dale Smith 10.35L 7 56.5kg $101
16 17e MUBAKKIR David Hayes Jake Noonan 10.55L 14 56.5kg $201