Appearance Wins Second Group 1 in Thrilling 2013 Coolmore Classic

Lightly-raced mare Appearance claimed her second Group 1 title in an exciting blanket finish in the $600,000 2013 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill today.


The 2013 Coolmore Classic winner is Appearance (red and white silks). Picture: Steve Hart

The four-year-old got the bob of the head at the right time to win by the narrowest of margins in a three-way photo with Red Tracer and Norzita.

The Guy Walter-trained galloper is quickly establishing herself in mares’ company, having also won the Group 1 Myer Classic at the Spring Carnival.

Now with five wins from 12 starts, Walter said Appearance will get the chance to chase further success in the top grade in both the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes and the Group 1 Doncaster Mile.

“Outstanding mare,” Walter said.

“She goes to the Queen Of The Turf and then the Doncaster. We’ll see what happens from there.”

Jockey Blake Shinn admitted he wasn’t sure if he’d got the desired result crossing the line but was full of praise for the effort from the progressive daughter of Commands.

“I wasn’t sure [if we’d won],” Shin said.

“Inside the 300m she just lifted for me. She responded the more I asked of her, she picked up.

“It’s just fantastic to win my first Group 1 for Guy Walter.”

Appearance will face a likely rematch with many of the Coolmore Classic contenders in the $400,000 Queen Of The Turf Stakes in two weeks time.

Gerald Ryan-trained filly Flying Snitzel produced an eye-catching run to come from a clear last on the home turn to run to make up plenty of ground.

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Coolmore Classic 2013 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 APPEARANCE Guy Walter Blake Shinn 2 55kg $11
2 2 RED TRACER Chris Waller Corey Brown 0.1L 1 57.5kg $26
3 7 NORZITA (NZ) Bart Cummings James McDonald 0.2L 7 54.5kg $7.50
4 3 STEPS IN TIME John O’Shea Nash Rawiller 0.7L 14 57.5kg $5F
5 8 ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Jason Collett 0.9L 6 53.5kg $21
6 10 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 1.8L 11 52.5kg $13
7 1 STREAMA Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 2.9L 13 58kg $18
8 11 FLYING SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Craig Williams 3.8L 10 52.5kg $6
9 14 RISK AVERSION Michael Lakey Ric McMahon 4L 12 52kg $17
10 4 PEAR TART John P Thompson Christian Reith 4.7L 3 55.5kg $26
11 6 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 4.9L 9 54.5kg $7.50
12 9 STAR OF GISELLE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 5.8L 5 53kg $19
13 15 IRISH DREAM Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton (a) 6.8L 4 52kg $101
14 13 BENNETTA Grahame Begg Glen Boss 7.7L 8 52kg $6.50