Next month’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes is now firmly on the agenda for the smart John O’Shea-trained colt Sweynesse who successfully defended his undefeated record in today’s Gloaming Stakes 2014.
Kicking off the Rosehill racing with a bang in the $200,000 Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m), O’Shea’s Lonhro three-year-old showed off his growing talent and potential once again with his fourth win from as many career starts.
Last seen taking out the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle on September 17 the promising galloper, who still has plenty of upside heading towards the Group 1 riches of the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivals, handled another class and distance rise.
Knuckling down well Sweynesse ($2.40) was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy for the third time this season and the pair pounced at the right time to run down and defeat the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Diamond Valores ($2.60) to salute for the punters.
In third was then Spring Stakes runner-up Pounamu ($5), given a beautiful ride by Hugh Bowman but just not good enough for the first two past the post.
Jumping away well from the outside barrier today, McEvoy allowed Sweynesse to cross and settle at the back of the pack.
The pace was set early by the Lord Beckworth who was eventually claimed by the stalking Diamond Valores who improved his position down the outside as they approached the turn to hit the front at the top of the run.
McEvoy remained patient and waited for the home straight to make his move on the favourite who proved too good for them again today.
With 100m left to travel the fast finishing colt overtook the frontrunner on the outside and ran away to win by a length.
Post-race McEvoy was all praise for the winner who has been confirmed for a next-up run in the $400,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on October 11.
“He’s a smart horse that’s for sure,” he told the media.
“He was up a furlong (200m) again today and he goes really well.
“He relaxes really well and when you ask him to go he picks up.
“He’s a nice big horse, he handles himself well.
“He’s got a good turn of foot over a trip so he has all the makings to be competitive in some nice races this prep and next prep.”
After that O’Shea said he would reassess where they were at, but McEvoy believes the horse good enough for a trip to Melbourne for a shot at the $1.5 million Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on November 1.
“He’ll be onto the Spring Champion and might even head down to the Derby,” McEvoy said.
“He’s a smart individual.”
O’Shea, who was happy to keep McEvoy aboard despite the hoop’s split from Godolphin this week, confirmed the Spring Champion Stakes as the next goal for the galloper.
“The Spring Champion in a fortnight and then we’ll reassess after that,” he said.
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2014 Gloaming Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Rosehill Race 1 (12:40pm) – 27/09/2014
|1||2||SWEYNESSE||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||–||6||56.5kg||$2.40EF|
|2||3||DIAMOND VALORES (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||1L||4||56.5kg||$2.40EF|
|3||4||POUNAMU||Allan Denham||Hugh Bowman||3.8L||2||56.5kg||$5|
|4||7||FORBIDDEN JEWEL||Scott Singleton||Corey Brown||5.6L||3||54.5kg||$51|
|5||5||ROAD TO SHANGRI LA (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||James McDonald||7.8L||1||56.5kg||$16|
|6||6||LORD BECKWORTH||Paul Perry||Tye Angland||18.8L||5||56.5kg||$101|
|–||1||VALENTIA||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||–||0||–||–|