Golden Slipper Next for Magic Night Stakes Winner Tulip

Exciting filly Tulip has continued her impressive career start with a smart win in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens this afternoon.

Tulip was too good for her rivals in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes this afternoon. Photo: Steve Hart

Tulip was too good for her rivals in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes this afternoon. Photo: Steve Hart

Tulip ran on for an impressive fourth in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at her most recent start and did her chances of a return to winning form no harm this afternoon when jumping well and taking an ideal position in transit on the heels of early leaders Limbo Soul, Pellegrina and Alizee.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy peeled Tulip to the outside of the leading bunch rounding into the final straight, but allowed the filly plenty of time to settle before mounting a late attack.

It appeared as though Godolphin filly Alizee would just be too strong to the line, but Tulip’s class shone through in the final 150m and she powered to the line to record an impressive one-length win.

McEvoy was pleased with the performance mustered by Tulip to win the Magic Night Stakes and believes that she will only improve into next weekend’s featured 2017 Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m).

“The Blue Diamond is probably the strongest contest that we’ve had, I feel, in the two-year-old races so far, and she’s come here and done that quite nicely,” McEvoy said after the race.

“I was trapped a little bit on the edge of the group, but she handled herself perfectly at this way of going given that it was her first run this way.

“I always thought that I was the winner once I had Alizee in my sights, and I was able to do it.”

Tulip debuted to racing for a smart win in the 1Print Plate (1000m) at Moonee Valley on New Year’s Eve and finished second behind Limestone in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview F (1000m) in what was her only other start prior to the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Punters who backed Tulip to win the Magic Night Stakes at have been paid out on generous $5 odds!

2017 Magic Night Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 1 TULIP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 11 55.5kg $4.60
2 14 ALIZEE John O’Shea William Buick 1.8L 4 55.5kg $7
3 6 MEMENTO Anthony & Edward Cummings Sam Clipperton 4.3L 15 55.5kg $41
4 3 SWEET DEAL John P Thompson Tye Angland 4.4L 1 55.5kg $4.80
5 4 LIMBO SOUL Tim Martin Tim Clark 4.5L 3 55.5kg $3F
6 15 LA CHICA ROSA Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5.9L 12 55.5kg $13
7 13 SMOOTH LANDING John P Thompson Joshua Parr 6L 14 55.5kg $41
8 7 MELIBOEA John P Thompson Jay Ford 6.9L 16 55.5kg $101
9 11 GREATER GOOD John P Thompson Christian Reith 7.8L 13 55.5kg $101
10 10 COULD YOU BE LOVED Tim Martin Chad Lever 8L 10 55.5kg $151
11 8 TORVILL Clarry Conners Glyn Schofield 8.2L 8 55.5kg $15
12 17e SEABABE Gary Portelli Ms Winona Costin 8.6L 2 55.5kg $151
13 2 EXCEEDS James Cummings Blake Shinn 9.8L 7 55.5kg $26
14 16 PELLEGRINA John P Thompson Daniel Moor 10.6L 6 55.5kg $101
15 5 DELAGO THUNDER David Payne Ms Kathy O’Hara 12.6L 9 55.5kg $201
16 12 FIFTH AFFAIR Garry White Andrew Adkins (a) 22.5L 5 55.5kg $151


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