Trainer Ron Quinton and jockey Sam Clipperton combined for their biggest win together to date upsetting a field of better fancied fillies and mares to take out the Golden Pendant 2015 at Rosehill Gardens with the always-honest Peeping.
The first two past the post in the feature Sydney Spring Racing Carnival clash were dominating the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au again this season with the Chris Waller-trained Sheraco Stakes winner Catkins odds-on favourite to turn the tables on Gai Waterhouse’s reigning champion Arabian Gold.
In what proved to be a very strange race, this year’s $400,000 Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) was run in a big upset by Quinton’s four-year-old Redoute’s Choice mare Peeping who atoned for a dead last to Catkins in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) last time out when beaten over 10 lengths.
Before that she won a BM90 at the same track and distance, Quinton still unsure what went amiss in the Sheraco.
A winning trial at Randwick over Dothraki on September 17 however showed Peeping, now a winner of five of her 10 career starts for a 50% strike rate, was ready to atone and atone she did when bringing that winning trial form to the races in the Golden Pendant.
Waller’s well supported favourite Catkins jumped away well but by the turn she was in real trouble and never ran on for Hugh Bowman.
Kristen Buchanan’s seven-year-old perennial runner-up Two Blue, coming off a Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) second at Newcastle, took up the lead from Catkins early before the top fancy drifted right back to take a sit.
Vergara moved up into second while eventual winner Peeping sat in third on the outside of Arabian Gold, last year’s winner in the box seat ready to strike.
But like Catkins, Arabian Gold was very flat on the home straight and despite a big gap opening up for her and getting every chance to race through it, she failed to respond in a very one-paced effort for her hoop Tommy Berry.
Peeping ($17) on the other hand was outstanding for Clipperton, moving up on the outside of roughie hope Two Blue ($31) and taking it out while the Jason Coyle-trained Berry Delicious ($12) put in an eye-catching run to move from the back of the field to finish off the Golden Pendant trifecta.
Today Peeping was back to her absolute best, handling her maiden run over the 1400m in very relaxed and impressive style to run down Two Blue in a race that panned out as a leader-dominated affair.
“Pretty special,” Quinton described the win as after the event.
“Poor old Peepo, last time out things didn’t go right.
“But her record speaks for itself.
“That was a special win and she’s a great little filly.
Clipperton was also relieved to have Peeping running back to her best off her trial win.
“She couldn’t have trialled any better,” he said.
“She bought that trial back to the race track.
“She gave me a great feel, she’s got such a great attitude and is a real push button to ride.
“The 1400 (metres) was always going to be a query but it was very satisfying.”
Quinton isn’t in a rush with Peeping and plans to run her next up in the $125,000 Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) over the mile on Spring Champion Stakes Day at Royal Randwick on October 10.
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2015 Golden Pendant Results & Finishing Order
Rosehill Race 6 – 26/09/2015
|1||6||PEEPING||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton||–||3||55kg||$16|
|2||7||TWO BLUE||Kristen Buchanan||Paul King||0.8L||2||54kg||$26|
|3||8||BERRY DELICIOUS||Jason Coyle||Tye Angland||2.1L||7||54kg||$12|
|4||5||VERGARA||Anthony Cummings||Brenton Avdulla||2.4L||4||55kg||$21|
|5||2||CATKINS||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3.4L||5||58kg||$1.75F|
|6||1||AMANPOUR||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||3.6L||6||59kg||$31|
|7||4||SLIGHTLY SWEET||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||3.9L||8||56.5kg||$7|
|8||3||ARABIAN GOLD||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||9.5L||1||57kg||$6.50|