Well-trialled local Distillation has dictated the pace only 800 metres into running and maintained control to claim the 2014 Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville Racecourse ahead of Base and Waltzing To Win this afternoon.
Having jumped from the gates fairly, the classy Half Hennessy gelding initially took up a place on the heels of leaders Umaluka, Sky Raider and Vima; however opted to push forward alongside Waltzing To Win and set a slightly firmer pace; completely re-shuffling running order.
Rounding the final bend in the clear, Distillation began a surging final straight sprint alongside talented stayer Base; both pulling nearly four lengths clear from the remaining field over the final 300 metres, however it was Distillation who produced the cleaner finish; a mere-nose in the clear.
Noted as an ideal final lead-up event and form assessor for the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) on March 10th, Distillation’s impressive run has noticeably altered betting markets for Monday-week’s feature.
Having now amassed seven wins from 42 professional starts to date for trainer Nick Smart, Distillation has arguably hit career best form over his currently preparation, following up a less-than impressive ninth in the Paul’s Milk Handicap (1400m) first-up with three strong thirds in minors and runner-up behind Val Mondo in the Projection Graphics Maiden (2500m) on February 1st.
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2014 Lord Reims Stakes Results
|1||7||DISTILLATION||Nick Smart||Simon Price||–||12||55.5kg||$10|
|2||6||BASE (NZ)||Luke Oliver||Luke Currie||0.2L||11||55.5kg||$8|
|3||14||WALTZING TO WIN||David Huxtable||Ben Claridge||2.3L||8||54kg||$9|
|4||11||PROPER MADAM||Jason Warren||Jason Holder||2.7L||1||54kg||$3.60F|
|5||8||FULL BORE||Sam Burford||Amy Herrmann||2.8L||6||55.5kg||$20|
|6||13||LUCKZAT (NZ)||Wayne Walters||Ms Melissa Walters||3.8L||3||54kg||$31|
|7||1||RIALYA||Lloyd Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||4.3L||4||58.5kg||$4.20|
|8||3||VIMA||Bill Papazaharoudakis||Shayne Cahill||5.8L||2||57kg||$6|
|9||12||REMORSE||John Croucher||Jeffrey Maund||6.7L||7||54kg||$26|
|10||10||UMALUKA||Kym Buick||Libby Hopwood||8.1L||9||55.5kg||$31|
|11||5||SKY RAIDER||Mick Whittle||Jake Toeroek (a)||10.7L||10||55.5kg||$10|
|12||9||LITTLE ADAM||Kevin & Heather Frew||Jordan Frew||12.1L||5||55.5kg||$41|