Low key Moe trainer Darryl Blackshaw enjoyed a very exciting and successful day out at the races at Caulfield winning the PB Lawrence Stakes 2015 with returning warhorse Mourinho.
Blackshaw inherited a host of horses from the suspended stables of fellow Moe-based horseman Peter Gelagotis, who was found guilty of race-day treatment and hit with a three-month ban that ends in early September, including Oratorio eight-year-old Mourinho.
Mourinho kicked off his Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign in the $200,000 Group 2 Back to Caulfield P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) and it was straight to the winners’ stall.
Not having raced since his 13th to Spillway in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in mid-March, the veteran stayer enjoyed a win straight away thanks to a well-timed ride from jockey Vlad Duric.
Third to since-retired Dissident in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) in mid-February at the track during the autumn, Mourinho also won the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield a fortnight after that before the Australian Cup failure.
He went out as an $8.50 chance in the weight-for-age PB Lawrence Stakes, the field for which was led around by tough Tasmanian galloper The Cleaner.
A very hard horse to get past the Mick Burles-trained The Cleaner ($11) certainly put in a gutsy run, but just didn’t have enough in the tank on the line to hold off Mourinho who stuck his neck out for the narrow victory.
In third finishing off the PB Lawrence Stakes trifecta was then the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Dibayani ($6.50) who, despite not wanting to go into the barriers, ran an excellent race in his Australian debut.
The Cleaner led throughout the PB Lawrence Stakes and was in front until the final stride, Mourinho ridden along well in third on the outside of the leader before he put his head down right on the line to beat home his old foe.
Blackshaw has the always underestimated Mourinho in his care until September 6 and confirmed plans for the good old galloper to target the $250,000 Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) over the Moonee Valley mile on September 5 next start.
“It is exciting, it really is,” he said of the Group 2 win in the PB Lawrence.
“He’ll be going for the Dato.
“Hopefully that’ll be the next one (win).”
From there if he continues to perform well the obvious target is Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) back at the Valley on October 24.
Mourinho has an excellent record at the Moonee Valley track where he was last seen winning the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) with Duric in the saddle in late January.
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2015 PB Lawrence Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 7 – 15/08/2015
|1||3||MOURINHO||Darryl Blackshaw||–||Vlad Duric||1||59kg||$8|
|2||2||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||Noel Callow||0.1L||6||59kg||$10|
|3||4||DIBAYANI (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||1.1L||8||59kg||$6.50|
|4||5||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Damien Oliver||1.85L||4||59kg||$10|
|5||7||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||1.95L||7||59kg||$4.60|
|6||9||NO TRICKS (NZ)||Wayne Walters||Stephen Baster||2.25L||2||56.5kg||$31|
|7||6||TAIYOO||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||2.45L||5||59kg||$21|
|8||8||PETROLOGY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||3.2L||9||58.5kg||$8|
|9||1||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||Chris Parnham||4.2L||3||59kg||$4.20F|