Talented filly Onemorezeta has delivered trainer Kris Lees an early victory on 2014 Crown Oaks Day this afternoon; displaying an impressive turn of foot late to take out the Group 3 Gucci Stakes (1100m) at Flemington Racecourse.
Jumping from the gates only fairly, Onemorezeta allowed early leaders Eloping, Tawteen and Chiavari a head start of around five lengths.
Steadily spooling up and working forward, the Onemorenomore filly exploded upon reaching the final 200m on the Flemington straight track; poking clear with 100m to run and finding the line half a length ahead of Eloping; Tawteen boxing on for third.
Champion jockey Damien Oliver delivered a perfectly-timed ride on Onemorezeta for success in the 2014 Gucci Stakes, and was thrilled to deliver old mate and trainer Kris Lees a Stakes win on Crown Oaks Day.
“She’s a brave little filly; that Eloping is very hard to get past but she managed to ware her down,” Oliver said following the race.
“She’s still a little bit wayward, it’s only very early in her career but I think she’s got a bright future.
“Great to ride a winner for Kris Lees, we got back a long way, I’ve know Kris for a long time and he’s having a great run, he’s a great trainer.
“It’s a great day and the weather’s come out so it’s beautifiul.”
Kris Lees was understandably pleased with Onemorezeta’s performance in the 2014 Gucci Stakes, and counted the victory as a great consolation after leading chance Lucia Valentina failed to fire late in Tuesday’ Melbourne Cup.
“She’s come a long way in a short time but just a really improving filly, a lot of upside still in her,” Lees said.
“She was very green at her last win at Warwick Farm and it was always a risk bringing her down the straight, but that’s why you put D Oliver on her I suppose, that certainly helps.
“It’s a great thrill to have a winner on Oaks Day. I’m blessed to have such great owners in Australian Bloodstock on my side and hopefully I can do them proud.”
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2014 Gucci Stakes Results
|1||9||ONEMOREZETA||Kris Lees||Damien Oliver||–||8||55kg||$8.50|
|2||1||ELOPING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Damian Lane||0.4L||13||59kg||$5.50EF|
|3||2||TAWTEEN||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Stephen Baster||0.5L||1||56.5kg||$6.50|
|4||3||SULTRY FEELING||Bart & James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||0.9L||2||55kg||$5.50EF|
|5||10||I AM GYPSY||Gordon Richards||Maija Vance||1.1L||10||55kg||$31|
|6||6||DUAL STAR||Paul Messara||Craig Williams||1.2L||6||55kg||$26|
|7||18e||SNAKE CHARMER||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||2.45L||12||55kg||$41|
|8||15||FANTASY EIGHT||Wendy Kelly||Vlad Duric||4.7L||3||55kg||$10|
|9||7||AEROBAR||Gerald Ryan||James McDonald||4.9L||15||55kg||$26|
|10||4||UNEQUIVOCAL||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Tim Clark||5.3L||16||55kg||$6.50|
|11||16||INFERENTIAL||Robbie Griffiths||Ryan Maloney||5.6L||7||55kg||$201|
|12||13||CHIAVARI||Nick Harnett||Mark Zahra||5.7L||4||55kg||$21|
|13||17e||WHITE HOUSE LADY||Tony Noonan||Jake Noonan||5.9L||11||55kg||$101|
|14||11||TOP DOLLY||Tom Hughes||Brian Werner||6.4L||9||55kg||$101|
|15||12||PUZZLE||Heath Conners||Chris Symons||13.4L||5||55kg||$71|
|16||8||SNIP SPUR||Peter & Paul Snowden||Nicholas Hall||15.9L||14||55kg||$41|