Federal Earns Hawkesbury Trip with 2015 South Pacific Classic Win

April 11, 2015

DEPOSIT $100 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with

$200

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get

$75

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Federal Earns Hawkesbury Trip with 2015 South Pacific Classic Win

Godolphin and John O’Shea unleashed another smart three-year-old on Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day in Sydney with Federal scoring a soft win in the South Pacific Classic 2015 to earn a trip to Hawkesbury for the Guineas.

Federal

The Hawkesbury Guineas in early May could be next for 2015 South Pacific Classic winner Federal. Photo: Steve Hart.

The son of Medaglia D’Oro was one of just six of his age lining up in this year’s $150,000 Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m), the second race at Royal Randwick on Day 2 of The Championships.

Ridden by James McDonald the promising gelding settled just off the speed set by John Thompson’s Snake Charmer and the last start Gosford Guineas winning filly Ygritte from the Gerald Ryan stables who was the best out of the gates.

Federal also came via a run in the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) from April 2 having run a length away second in his South Pacific Classic lead-up.

Snake Charmer led them round with Ygritte on the leader’s outside, while Chris Waller’s resuming High Chaparral gelding Sadler’s Lake, racing a touch keen, couldn’t find any cover and was forced to race three wide in the open in third with Federal in fourth waiting to pounce.

The six runners raced tight and compact down the side of the course and on the home turn into the straight it was Snake Charmer and Ygritte fighting it out stride for stride.

After being tucked away patiently behind them through the run, Federal quickly moved up to join in descending on the scene to put them away over an explosive final 200m.

Powering away and really relishing the 1400m, Federal ($2.80) showed a good turn of foot and having always looked comfortable in the race tucked off them not too far away, he raced off for a big win over Snake Charmer ($13) while Ygritte ($4.20) battled on for third.

The winner had a really nice spot, got really good cover and was very exciting in the end showing a sharp acceleration when asked to impress McDonald with his win in 1:24.7.

“He’s a really nice horse,” McDonald said.

“He’s got bigger fish to fry than a race like today and I feel on a good track he’d be even better.

“They really crawled (today) and I was lucky enough to get on the back of them.

“Fortunately we got the job done.

“It (the win was) very soft and hopefully he can win a good Group race.”

That Group race win could come as soon as next start with O’Shea looking at backing him up for a final run this preparation in the $150,000 Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) on Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day on May 2.

“Lovely colt and a great ride,” O’Shea said.

“He got on the back of the favourite and just had to let down.

“He’s a fit horse third-up.

“We’ll get him home now and we’ve always thought maybe Hawkesbury next to give him one more and that’ll do him.”

Godolphin’s Henry Plumptre meanwhile is looking even further ahead hoping Federal matures into a nice type for next season’s autumn and spring majors.

“He’s going to Hawkesbury now but he might be a nice horse next spring,” he said.

“It’s going to be wet this time next year so he could be a big chance in one of the big races.”

Now is the time to visit Ladbrokes.com.au and lock in your favourites for this afternoon’s four Group 1 races as they are offering exclusive Best Tote or SP + 20% on races six – nine at Randwick!

2015 South Pacific Classic Results & Finishing Order

Randwick Race 2 – 11/04/2015

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 FEDERAL John O’Shea James McDonald 2 54.5kg $2.80F
2 9 SNAKE CHARMER John P Thompson Craig Williams 1.3L 4 54kg $13
3 2 YGRITTE Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 3.6L 5 56kg $4.20
4 6 SADLER’S LAKE Chris Waller Joao Moreira 3.9L 6 54kg $4.80
5 4 THINKING OF YOU (NZ) Peter G Moody Chad Schofield 5.4L 3 54kg $7
6 5 REDOUTABLE HEART Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7.4L 1 54kg $11
1 NOSTRADAMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Zac Purton 0
8 PUZZLING WONDER Anthony Cummings Christian Reith 0
7 COURTZA KING Peter & Paul Snowden Glen Boss 0

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

2018 Gosford Guineas Field �...

Silent Sedition Set for 2018 C...

Silent Sedition Set for 2018 Coolmore Classic Shot

A second shot at the Coolmore Classic in 2018 is on the autumn agenda for...

TJ Smith Stakes 2018 Target fo...

TJ Smith Stakes 2018 Target for In Her Time

Class mare In Her Time will bypass the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival and...

Super Cash Chases Robert Sangs...

Super Cash Chases Robert Sangster Stakes 2018

Multiple Group 2 winning sprinter Super Cash will be given a shot at breaking...

2018 Newmarket Handicap Second...

2018 Newmarket Handicap Second-Up for Merchant Navy

Coolmore Stud Stakes winning colt Merchant Navy will take on the older...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field