Distillation Claims 2014 Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes

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.

Distillation

Distillation claims the 2014 Lord Reims Stakes victory. Photo: Jenny Barnes

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

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
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

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