Variation Scores Upset 2016 WA Guineas Result

November 21, 2016

Variation Scores Upset 2016 WA Guineas Result

Stephen Miller’s in-form gelding Variation enjoyed an upset win at juicy odds over the beaten favourite Ellicazoom in Saturday’s WA Guineas 2016 at Ascot Racecourse.

Damian Lane

Bunbury-born hoop Damian Lane enjoyed an upset win in the 2016 WA Guineas aboard Variation. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The key support act on the Railway Stakes Day card on the opening Group 1 race meeting of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, this year’s $500,000 Group 2 W.A. Guineas (1600m) was won by $19 roughie Variation.

Melbourne-based Damian Lane, born in Bunbury, rode the son of War Chant in the mile feature replacing Brad Parnham who was aboard Variation for all his lead-up runs including a win at the track / distance on Melbourne Cup Day in non-Black Type company.

Variation ($19) impressed and handled the step-up in class over the weekend posting a half-length victory over Neville Parnham’s class filly Ellicazoom ($4), who came off a second in the WA Champion Fillies Classic the weekend prior, after hitting the front in the final 100m of the set weights clash.

Finishing off the WA Guineas trifecta over two lengths off the upset winner in third was another outsider in betting, the David Harrison-trained Ragazzo D’Oro ($26) who improved off his last start fifth in the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m).

It was an impressive late effort from the third placegetter and his hoop Patrick Carbery who improved from ninth on the turn for home in the Group 2 to edge out Douglas Whyte’s mount Final Salute ($41) for third.

Champion Hong Kong jockey Whyte atoned in the next race however winning the 2016 Railway Stakes aboard the local Lindsey Smith-trained Scales Of Justice.

Former jockey-turned-Lark Hill trainer Miller was thrilled with the WA Guineas results and admitted post-win he wasn’t 100% confident Variation would handle the rise in class.

“To win this race is incredible and he’s had the ideal preparation,” he told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“I thought his last win was very good and everything went according to plan.

“I didn’t know if he was up to the class, but we had to have a crack.

“He has a fair amount of ability and we have placed him right.

“I couldn’t win this race as a jockey, but I finally won it as a trainer.

“To repay a group of owners who have been with me for 35 years is tremendous.”

Lane, who missed out on his chance in the Group 1 Railway Stakes after his mount Rageese was scratched due to a foot abscess, was impressed with the late speed and determination of Variation in the Guineas.

“I went up a few backsides in the straight, but lucky enough I had the horse underneath me and when he went back to the inside, he sprinted really well,” Lane said.

The $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) back at Ascot on December 3 is a possible next-up option for Variation.

Last year’s WA Guineas winner Man Booker (2015) backed-up in the weight-for-age classic finishing sixth to Perfect Reflection.

After her third as the beaten favourite in Saturday’s Railway Stakes, Perfect Reflection currently pays $4.40 to defend her Kingston Town Classic title.

She heads the all-in markets at Ladbrokes.com.au followed by the Railway Stakes winner Scales Of Justice ($6).

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2016 WA Guineas Results & Finishing Order

Ascot Race 7 – 19/11/2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 14 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Douglas Whyte 8 53kg $9
2 5 GOOD PROJECT Chris Waller J H Bowman 2.75L 7 55kg $9
3 6 PERFECT REFLECTION Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3L 2 54.5kg $4.60
4 7 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 3.75L 13 54kg $5
5 16 TRADESMAN Robert & Todd Harvey Troy Turner 4L 6 53kg $6
6 1 KAWI (NZ) Allan Sharrock Michael Walker 4.25L 3 58.5kg $21
7 11 HEART STARTER Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 4.25L 1 53kg $13
8 8 LITE’N IN MY VEINS Fred Kersley Steven Parnham 5.25L 9 53.5kg $7.50
9 4 HE OR SHE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 5.5L 12 55.5kg $12
10 17e ZARANTZ Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 6.75L 5 53kg $61
11 2 DISPOSITION Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 7L 16 56kg $20
12 13 NEVERLAND Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 8.25L 10 53kg $51
13 10 BALMONT GIRL Paula Wagg Shaun O’Donnell 10L 11 53kg $101
14 15 TICK TICK BLOOM G Durrant & J Miller Jason Brown 11.25L 4 53kg $91
15 3 PORNICHET (FR) Daniel Morton Jarrad Noske 11.75L 15 56kg $101
16 12 IDEAL IMAGE G Durrant & J Miller Joseph Azzopardi 14.5L 14 53kg $41
19e SHOWY CHLOE Jason Pateman Patrick Carbery 12
18e GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 14
9 RAGEESE Darren Weir Damian Lane 11

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