The punters were treated to a black-type win at Randwick Racecourse on Tuesday with Joe Pride’s short-priced favourite Destiny’s Kiss carting the top weight to victory in Sydney’s Australia Day Cup 2016.
Only six stayers lined-up in this summer’s edition of the $100,000 Listed Vili’s Pies Australia Day Cup (2400m) including Pride’s Power Of Destiny seven-year-old Destiny’s Kiss.
Allocated the 59kg top weight and coming off a half-length win in the Listed Gosford Cup (2100m) from January 8, the gelding jumped $2.40 in betting for the Randwick Australia Day feature race.
Jockey Jason Collett retained his association with the veteran who was too good for his rivals, powering home for a one and a quarter length win over the Gregory Hickman-trained Gosford Cup third placegetter Dream Folk ($7).
In a close third finishing off the Australia Day Cup trifecta just a short half-head further back was O’Reilly five-year-old Thurston ($11) prepared by Bryce Heys.
Destiny’s Kiss has now won 12 of his 51 starts for $696,943 in prize money for connections and continued to defy his small stature with the impressive win with the big kilos on his back.
“He’s 420 kilos,” Pride explained to the Sydney Morning Herald post-win on Tuesday.
“Terravista would have about 130 kilos on him. [Destiny’s Kiss] is the smallest horse I’ve ever trained and the lightest. And he’s not very tall either.
“Class prevailed in the end, didn’t it? It probably wasn’t run to suit and he was back last with 59 on his back, but Jason never had them out of his sights. It was a very good ride.”
Despite his “feminine” stature, Destiny’s Kiss has proved a powerhouse for Pride and jockey Collett was full of praise for the rising eight-year-old once again who relished the Soft (7) track.
“The engine’s big,” Collett said.
“He doesn’t know he’s small and if he doesn’t know he’s small it makes me think the same.
“Horses can get pushed around, but he’s the type that will just push them back even though they’re twice the size of him.
“That’s about as easy as they get.
“He was always travelling and it still felt like he had a turn of foot which is why I was in no rush to take off down the side at the 800 [metres]. He was the only real wet tracker here.”
Pride is now considering a run in the $125,000 Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) on Hobartville Stakes Day, Saturday February 20, at Rosehill Gardens.
“There’s the Parramatta Cup, but he won’t be able to get up over ground again until deep into the carnival. I will have a think about it and I don’t want to burn him out,” he said of the horse that boasts winning form up to the Melbourne Cup distance of 3200m.
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2016 Australia Day Cup Results
Randwick Race 3 – 26/01/2016
|1||1||DESTINY’S KISS||Joseph Pride||Jason Collett||–||6||59kg||$2.40F|
|2||4||DREAM FOLK||Gregory Hickman||Ms Winona Costin (a)||1.3L||5||54kg||$7|
|3||5||THURSTON (NZ)||Bryce Heys||Tim Clark||1.4L||3||54kg||$11|
|4||3||BLACK JAG||Chris Waller||James McDonald||3.2L||4||55kg||$4.20|
|5||2||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||3.3L||2||56kg||$4.80|
|6||6||TINGEERA||Terry Robinson||Brodie Loy (a)||6.1L||1||54kg||$151|