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Veteran local sprinter Riziz held off a fast-finishing favourite in Alpine Eagle at Morphettville Parks in Adelaide over the weekend to win the Penny Edition Stakes 2015 by just over a length thanks to a gun ride from a Jamie Kah.
Tony McEvoy saddled-up the odds-on favourite in Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Penny Edition Stakes (1400m) with his Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) runner-up and Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) winner from the autumn in Melbourne Alpine Eagle returning to racing.
The High Chaparral stallion made his four-year-old debut at home in the weight-for-age clash, Matthew Neilson aboard the consistent galloper who came off a second in a Morphettville trial over 1000m behind Éclair Choice at the start of the month.
Racing in South Australia under race conditions for the first time since a mile will in mid-February, Alpine Eagle jumped the $1.70 favouite and was settled right at the back of the nine horse field with 300m left to travel.
Not looking anything like a winning chance that close to home, the up-and-comer pulled out a brilliant late burst and flew home over the closing stages to cross only one and a quarter lengths off Riziz ($6) in second.
Zariz seven-year-old Riziz came off a fourth behind Red Eclipse in the Group 3 Spring Champion Stakes (1200m) at the main Morphettville track from August 8, and improved with a nice barrier two of nine draw on the weekend to post his first win since late February.
Kah, who was only 10 days back riding off a five month break, had the eventual Penny Edition Stakes winner poised perfectly on the back of frontrunner Justify That throughout before moving into the clear and kicking on when needed.
Finishing off the Penny Edition Stakes trifecta in third and adding even more value to the exotics was Grant Kluske’s Beautiful Crown six-year-old Go Dreaming ($51).
Winner of the Listed Port Adelaide Cup (2500m) last time out in mid-May, Go Dreaming was impressive first-up crossing only two lengths off the winner.
The result was exactly the one Kah needed to reignite a love for the sport she nearly left for good after the death of her close friend in a race fall last October, Caitlin Forrest.
“He was never going to lose once he got that run,” Kah told the media post-win.
“He’s a wonderful horse.”
Riziz has now won 12 of his 37 starts for just under $800,000 in career prize money.
Alpine Eagle meanwhile will have lost few admirers with the gutsy returning run that has the youngster on track for a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival raid targeting the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 24.
“It was an outstanding effort. I think the sectionals will tell you he was the run of the race,” McEvoy said.
“He settled further back than we expected … and he’s not a 1400m horse.”
McEvoy confirmed after the Penny Edition the horse’s next start would be at Flemington on September 12 in the $400,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).
Currently Alpine Eagle pays $17 in the all-in Cox Plate odds at Ladbrokes.com.au that are led by Arod and Contributer at $10 each.
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2015 Penny Edition Stakes Results
Morphettville Parks – 22/08/2015
|1||1||RIZIZ||Ken Sweeney||Ms Jamie Kah||–||2||59kg||$6|
|2||7||ALPINE EAGLE||Tony McEvoy||Matthew Neilson||1.2L||7||58.5kg||$1.70F|
|3||4||GO DREAMING||Grant Kluske||Shayne Cahill||2.1L||4||59kg||$51|
|4||2||DYLANSON||Phillip Stokes||Paul Gatt||2.2L||5||59kg||$9|
|5||5||JUSTIFY THAT||Peter Moody||Krystal Bishop (a)||2.6L||6||59kg||$19|
|6||3||RED ECLIPSE||Grant Young||Jason Holder||4.7L||3||59kg||$9|
|7||6||STIMULATTE||Gordon Richards||Josh Cartwright (a)||6.4L||1||59kg||$151|
|8||9||GO INDY GO||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||9.7L||9||56.5kg||$11|
|9||8||GOODFUN GIRL||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Ms Sigrid Carr (a)||13L||8||57kg||$41|
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