A trip to Adelaide proved a winning move for the Henry Dwyer-trained mare Beirut who won her career swansong with a Morphettville victory in the 2016 Spring Stakes over the weekend.
The six-year-old daughter of Lonhro scratched out of Saturday’s Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, subsequently won by the Darren Weir-trained Sooboog, in favour of having her final race start in South Australia’s $120,000 Group 3 David R Coles AM Spring Stakes (1200m).
She jumped the $3.80 favourite in betting and saluted for the punters for her fifth win on the trot, bowing out a winner after beating the Ken Sweeney-trained local Riziz ($9) to the line by three quarters of a length.
Rounding out the Spring Stakes trifecta a further length back for third was the ultra-consistent Wayne Francis & Glen Kent-trained mare Rocket Commander ($13), who has run top three in her past six starts, while Will Clarken’s also in-form mare Cavaloce ($4) finished off the first four.
Beirut was always set to retire post-Saturday and her Caulfield-based trainer Dwyer was thrilled to see her bow out a winner, her final career record standing at eight wins from 30 starts for $276,700 in prize money.
“It’s up to the owners but there’s not much more she can do now,” he told The Advertiser post-win on Saturday.
“She’s won five in a row and won a Group race.
“I thought she might have just about had enough after her last win but that was probably the best she’s ever gone.”
Dwyer took over the training of Beirut at the start of this preparation and has uncovered her true form, capped off by the mare posting her first and last stakes win in the Spring Stakes.
Jockey Jacob Rule jumped aboard the eventual Spring Stakes winner for the first time on the weekend, taking her to the front early in the all-the-way victory and was pleased with the way she rolled along in the lead before a brilliant late burst.
“She gave a really good kick and I knew they’d have to be good to catch her,” he said, the hoop enjoying his first Group winning ride.
The Spring Stakes result was also a positive start to the 2016-27 Australian Racing Season for Beirut’s sire Lonhro, the star stallion have sired 6e career stakes winners.
Lonhro will stands at Kelvinside this upcoming breeding season at fee of $88,000 (including GST), alongside the two Darley stallions he has also sired Exosphere at $27,500 (including GST) and Denman at $11,000 (including GST).
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2016 Spring Stakes Results
Morphettville Race 7 – 06/08/2016
|1||11||BEIRUT||Henry Dwyer||Jacob Rule||–||4||56.5kg||$3.80F|
|2||2||RIZIZ||Ken Sweeney||Todd Pannell||0.8L||3||58.5kg||$9|
|3||10||ROCKET COMMANDER||Wayne Francis & Glen Kent||Dom Tourneur||1.9L||6||56.5kg||$13|
|4||12||CAVALOCE||Will Clarken||Ms Jamie Kah||2.1L||7||56.5kg||$4|
|5||1||DAYTONA GREY||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||3L||9||58.5kg||$6.50|
|6||6||KARACATIS||Richard Jolly||Jake Toeroek||3.6L||5||58.5kg||$16|
|7||9||IT’S NO JOKE||Grant Kluske||Justin Potter||3.7L||1||58.5kg||$41|
|8||4||CONSERVATORIUM||Gary Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||5.6L||2||58.5kg||$16|
|9||8||KARLOVASI||Richard Jolly||Paul Gatt||9.3L||10||58.5kg||$8|
|10||5||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||13.7L||8||58.5kg||$14|
|–||7||SOOBOOG||Darren Weir||John Allen||–||0||–||–|
|–||3||TASHBEEH||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Matthew Neilson||–||0||–||–|