2016 Schweppervescence Trophy Results: Felicienne Wins for Weir

Darren Weir enjoyed a win in the last of the ‘Super Saturday’ Group races at Flemington Racecourse with in-form apprentice Harry Coffey getting the job done along the inside rail in the Schweppervescence Trophy 2016 with Felicienne.


A trip to Adelaide could be on the cards for Darren Weir’s Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy winner on ‘Super Saturday’ Felicienne. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

There was early drama immediately after the jump in this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) for the fillies and mares, the defending winner Noble Protector throwing her jockey Craig Williams from the saddle.

She continued to go around the track riderless, causing late interference to the eventual winner and crossing first past the post without a hoop on her back.

Leading them around meanwhile was the Tony Noonan-trained four-year-old Anaphora from last start Mannerism Stakes third placegetter Miss Rose De Lago and Mossbeat in third early on.

At the 1000m the Danny O’Brien-trained Miss Rose De Lago took over front running with Mossbeat second on the outside of Anaphora who dropped back into third on the fence.

Down the straight the late runners came charging including the eventual winner Felicienne who jumped from barrier one and hugged the fence to put herself right in it, a position no one had taken up all day.

She came up quickly down the inside, being interfered with in the straight by the riderless Noble Protector, but Coffey kept his cool and got Felicienne ($11) first past the post ahead of the Peter Moody-trained Metaphorical ($8) with the Glen Boss-ridden Alaskan Rose ($10) in third.

“What a humungous thrill,” Coffey declared post-win.

“To get a win, especially for Darren Weir, it’s amazing.

“I know there’s a lot bigger races to win, but I’m thrilled.

“I didn’t realise it (Noble Protector) was riderless until it was well and truly on my inside.

“It sort of got in my way a little bit, but I went back to the inside where no one had been all day.”

Weir wasn’t trackside to celebrate the success, but stable representative Jeremy Rogers was more than pleased with the result and the performance of the winning mare.

“Her first two runs this prep have been fantastic,” he said of her unplaced efforts in the Bellmaine Stakes (10th) and Mannerism Stakes (7th) at Caulfield in February.

“Her sectionals last start were second only to Azkadellia (second in the Coolmore Classic).”

Rogers said original plans were to go to Adelaide perhaps to target the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville on May 7 with the Al Maher four-year-old, but plans are now up in the air.

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2016 Schweppervescence Trophy Results & Finishing Order

Flemington Race 8 – 12/03/2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 11 FELICIENNE Darren Weir Harry Coffey (a) 1 54kg $11
2 6 METAPHORICAL Peter G Moody Luke Currie 1.25L 5 54kg $8.50
3 13 ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Glen Boss 4L 3 53kg $11
4 2 MISS ROSE DE LAGO Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4.75L 11 57kg $3.10F
5 12 REDASUN Greg Eurell Chris Symons 5.15L 2 54kg $21
6 7 SURE YOU CAN (NZ) Danny O’Brien James Winks 8.9L 7 54kg $151
7 8 MOSSBEAT Robbie Griffiths Damian Lane 9L 6 54kg $14
8 9 LILLY DAZZLER Monica Croston Jordan Childs (a) 10L 10 54kg $101
9 10 ANAPHORA Tony Noonan Jake Noonan 12L 8 54kg $8
10 5 VITAL IMPORTANCE Neville Parnham Craig Newitt 12.75L 12 54kg $41
LR 1 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon Craig Williams -/td> 9 58.5kg $6
SB 4 DIG A PONY Peter G Moody Dwayne Dunn 4 56kg $13
3 SACRED EYE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 0


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