Sydney’s ace trainer Chris Waller will consider a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival raid with his 2015 Caulfield Guineas nominated three-year-old Metallic Crown after the nicely-bred colt won the $125,000 Group 3 JB Cummings AM Tribute Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Royal Randwick.
The first black-type on Chelmsford Stakes Day, this year’s Ming Dynasty for three-year-olds featured nine hopefuls including Waller’s improving son of Northern Meteor Metallic Crown.
Coming off three top three runs from as many starts including a 1300m Warwick Farm win in the wet on August 26, the Jim Cassidy-ridden galloper enjoyed another rain-affected Sydney track and held on in a fighting finish in the handicap clash.
Metallic Crown and Cassidy won the start from a midfield barrier five draw and led the field around with Voilier straight up into second behind him in the early stages.
Race favourite Kimberley Star meanwhile settled fourth on the outside of Tap This who was in third on the rails.
The eventual winner put on a genuine pace and gave his rivals something to catch as they went into the straight.
He had plenty of gas still in the tank on the run home but looked a beaten horse 100m out when the challengers came after him up front.
With the likes of Canneyscent, Kimberley Star and Tatoosh all closing hard Metallic Crown had the kick to beat them off in an explosive late burst that saw him finish too strong.
The fit horse in the race, he just kept boxing on to fight off his rivals and present as another promising spring three-year-old for Waller.
In a bunch finish, the horse that did the work up front got the bikkies with a beautiful win for Metallic Crown ($7.50) ahead of the fast finishing Beneteau gelding Tatoosh ($12) who came off a fourth in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) from August 22.
Paul Perry’s runner-up was in his seventh run this prep but produced again with the nice second after a wide run home.
In third was then Gai Waterhouse’s well-fancied filly Kimberley Star ($3.40) who has finished out of the money just once in her 10 career runs that include a second to stablemate Speak Fondly in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m).
Waller was pleased with the gutsy win from his galloper and hopes, as his breeding suggests, he will continue to improve with a possible Victorian raid on the cards.
“The challengers were coming thick and fast…there was plenty of danger,” he said.
“The last 50 metres he actually came away from them though.
“He looked beaten but really picked up.
“He’s done it at both ends today and that’s normally a recipe for a better race.”
A possible target in Melbourne could be the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) over the mile on October 10, but Waller said the most important thing was picking realistic goals he was a winning chance in.
“The Northern Meteor horses keep improving,” he said.
“There’s a lot of similarities to a horse like (2011 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner) Zoustar on type.
“Winning’s the most important thing.”
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2015 Ming Dynasty Quality Results & Finishing Order
Randwick Race 3 – 05/09/2015
|1||4||METALLIC CROWN||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||–||5||54kg||$7.50|
|2||7||TATOOSH||Paul Perry||Kerrin McEvoy||0.5L||3||54kg||$12|
|3||1||KIMBERLEY STAR||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||0.6L||4||58kg||$3.20F|
|4||9||CANNYESCENT||Gabrielle Englebrecht||Ms Kathy O’Hara||1L||6||54kg||$4.80|
|5||8||TAP THIS||Peter & Paul Snowden||Jason Collett||1.2L||2||54kg||$10|
|6||3||INTREPID WAY (NZ)||Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti||Tommy Berry||1.8L||9||54kg||$18|
|7||6||LAND’S END||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||2L||8||54kg||$15|
|8||2||VOILIER||Gary Nickson||Tye Angland||2.8L||7||58kg||$5.50|
|9||5||GOLD AMBITION (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Christian Reith||3.3L||1||54kg||$31|