Michael Moroney’s Flemington-trained favourite Rhythm To Spare enjoyed a successful Adelaide raid on The Goodwood Day racing away to win the RA Lee Stakes 2014 at Morphettville.
The improving Pins four-year-old was well fancied in the markets all week for the $150,000 Group 3 Tapestry Shiraz R A Lee Stakes (1600m) jumping top of the odds at $3.6 after a good win at Flemington over the distance back on ANZAC Day.
They had the wide draw in the mile showdown today having to overcome the outside ‘visitor’s gate’ of 14, but they had the time and class to overcome it and their rivals defeating a brave Starkiato (2nd) and Commands mare Gig (3rd), coming off a sixth in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes here a fortnight ago behind Driefontein, in the RA Lee Stakes trifecta.
Jockey Damien Oliver had his mount settled fourth and then third last after jumping letting the pacemakers do the hard work early.
Going forward early was the John MacMillan-trained Boristar who went up to lead from the likes of the local David Jolly-trained perennial runner-up Streetcar Valour and River’s Lane.
They set only a steady temp on the RA Lee Stakes, Boristar enjoying a good run up front as they approached the home turn.
Rhythm To Spare was still four or five off them at the top of the straight out on the extreme outside, but Oliver didn’t panic and waited until they straightened up to make his move.
The Lloyd Kennewell-trained local Starkiato, who had their pick of positions from the inside alley, hit the front but Rhythm To Spare soon went up with them.
Eventually the interstate raider ran them down and did it easy in the end pulling away down the outside and bolting it in for a big win.
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2014 RA Lee Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Morphettville Race 6 – 10/05/2014
|1||4||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||–||14||55kg||$3.60F|
|2||5||STARKIATO||Lloyd Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||3.5L||1||55kg||$21|
|3||12||GIG||Shawn Mathrick||Dwayne Dunn||4.1L||11||54kg||$6|
|4||2||OREGON SPIRIT||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4.9L||9||55.5kg||$14|
|5||11||CRUCIAL||Anthony Freedman||Dean Yendall||5L||7||54kg||$8|
|6||14||SATURDAY AFFAIR||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||5.2L||3||54kg||$13|
|7||10||GOLDEN PENNY||Richard Jolly||Simon Price||7.7L||2||54kg||$8|
|8||13||DANISH SPY||David Jolly||Matthew Neilson||7.9L||5||54kg||$17|
|9||7||BORISTAR||John MacMillan||Ms Jamie Kah (a)||11.4L||12||55kg||$61|
|10||1||MAYBE DISCREET||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||11.7L||6||57kg||$8|
|11||3||RIVER’S LANE||David & Ryan Balfour||Ronnie Stewart||12.6L||10||55.5kg||$51|
|12||6||STREETCAR VALOUR||David Jolly||Ms Linda Meech||14.2L||13||55kg||$18|
|13||15||VIVI VELOCE||Lee & Shannon Hope||Craig Newitt||14.6L||4||54kg||$19|
|14||9||HALAYR JET||Grant Young||Darren Gauci||16L||8||55kg||$151|
|–||8||KINGS PALACE||Rod Symons||Chris Symons||–||0||–||–|