Casino Dancer Takes Out Eclipse Stakes

November 14, 2015

Casino Dancer Takes Out Eclipse Stakes

Five-year-old Casino Dancer has posted a big upset at Sandown this afternoon; completing a perfectly timed performance to beat Puccini in the dying stages of the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m).

Casino Dancer beat a talented field to the line in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes this afternoon. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Casino Dancer beat a talented field to the line in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes this afternoon. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Allocated the awkward barrier 13, Casino Dancer jumped well but was forced to settle within the field, off the pace of early leaders Slate On Edge, Jacquinot Bay and Worthy Cause who injected plenty of tempo into the race from the get-go.

Rounding onto the final straight wide and with plenty to do, jockey James Winks allowed the mare time to balance before asking for an extra effort; the pair charging forward and finding leader Puccini with only 200m to run and pulling half a length clear.

Winks delivered a perfectly-timed performance aboard Casino Dancer this afternoon was laid all the praise on the class of the mare.

“Full credit to the trainer and the horse,” Winks said.

“She gave me a good ride. I was three deep and a way back. She struggled down the hill a bit to be honest but when she balanced up she really hit it well for me.

“She only raced the other day, so she had to back up but had a good week and full credit to her.”

Casino Dancer is the only horse trainer Mick Van Gestel has in work currently, and the Hawkesbury-based horseman was understandably thrilled with her performance for success in the 2015 Eclispe Stakes; her second black type win in four starts.

“She’s been very good to us,” Van Gestel said.

“We were only going to be here for the short term – we were going to go home last Sunday and we decided to stay another week. It was worth staying.

“She was a late maturer so we’ve worked her a fair bit but she’s standing up in racing, and she’s just on fire at the moment.

“This week we just cuddled her, saved her and walked her. I was very confident today she would win.”

The 2015 Eclipse Stakes was Casino Dancer’s fourteenth start this time, and Van Gestel revealed condition will decide on whether or not she will progress to the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) in Sydney in December ahead of a well-earned spell.

“I’m sure she’s due for a spell,” Van Gestel said.

“She’s going back tomorrow and if she gets home well and does well we’ll nominate her for the Villiers but certainly a spell is very close by.”

Punters who backed Casino Dancer to win the 2015 Eclipse Stakes with have been paid out on generous $13 odds!

2015 Eclipse Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 11 CASINO DANCER Mike Van Gestel James Winks 13 54kg $13
2 1 PUCCINI (NZ) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 0.75L 15 58.5kg $12
3 6 WORTHY CAUSE John Zielke Luke Dittman (a) 2.5L 1 56.5kg $8.50
4 3 JACQUINOT BAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 2.7L 9 57.5kg $10
5 5 MALICE John O’Shea James McDonald 3L 6 57kg $4F
6 4 DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston Damian Lane 4L 8 57kg $26
7 17e PLOT THE COURSE Michael Trotter Steven King 5L 10 54kg $10
8 14 CADILLAC MOUNTAIN Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 5.3L 5 54kg $51
9 2 RUDY Helen Page Glen Boss 5.4L 12 58.5kg $31
10 18e DURNFORD Quinton Scott Jordan Mallyon 5.6L 16 54kg $101
11 7 DIGITALISM John Sadler Mark Zahra 6.85L 2 56kg $19
12 10 TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ) Robbie Laing Vlad Duric 8.1L 14 54.5kg $21
13 13 GARUD (IRE) Michael Moroney Ryan Maloney 8.6L 11 54kg $21
14 12 SLATE ON EDGE Brett Thompson Dwayne Dunn 23.6L 3 54kg $15
15 9 SCREAM MACHINE Robert Smerdon Chris Parnham 24L 7 54.5kg $8.50
16 8 CALVIN WILLIAMS (FR) Darren Weir Kerrin McEvoy 26.75L 4 55.5kg $26

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

Brave Smash to race in Chris W...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbourne Cup Win with Surrey

A son of triple Melbourne Cup hero Makybe Diva, Surrey, could develop into a...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

Horse Racing Today

Calanda to carry top weight in...

Tradesman is top weight for 20...

Tradesman is top weight for 2018 Tattersall’s Cup

Ipswich Cup winner Tradesman has been given the top weight for Saturday’s...

Bumper Nominations for 2018 Ta...

Bumper Nominations for 2018 Tattersall’s Club Tiara

The last Group 1 of the current racing season is set to have a capacity field...

Moss ‘N’ Dale chal...

Moss ‘N’ Dale challenging for favouritism in 2018 Eye Liner Stakes betting

Victorian sprinter Moss ‘N‘ Dale is making a solid bid for favouritism for the...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ips...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ipswich Cup

A final field of eleven will line up in the 2018 Listed $175,000 Channel 7...

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

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

The Goodwood Day Fields – National Stakes 2013

Adelaide Cup Winner Riayla Heads RA Lee Stakes Field 2013

Linton Continues Stradbroke Handicap 2013 Campaign in Adelaide

Can Moody Score Second Goodwood With Moment Of Change?