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The Robert Sangster Stakes 2017 is the long term goal for the Shea Eden-trained Ocean Embers after her Bow Mistress Trophy win in Tasmania over the weekend.
On Friday night at Hobart Racecourse the consistent four-year-old daughter of Beneteau enjoyed a half-length victory over the Darren Weir-trained $2.20 favourite Lyuba with the race’s now three-time top three performer I Love It ($4.40) rounding out the trifecta in the $125,000 Group 3 Magic Millions Bow Mistress (1200m).
Ridden by Jason Benbow, Ocean Embers ($2.70) lived up to her short price in the markets and was impressive late coming from near last on the turn for the commanding victory after chasing down Lyuba in the closing stages.
“I am so thrilled with this mare because we have had so many issues to deal with and even up to two weeks ago it was touch and go whether we would make it to the race,” Eden told Tas Racing post-win on Friday evening.
“But thanks to a lot of hard work from good people we have working at the stable we got her right and I have to make a special thanks to her rider Jason Benbow who does everything with this mare.”
Ocean Embers has now won five of her 11 career starts, the Bow Mistress her first turf triumph since the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in August last year.
Connections of the Victorian-trained and owned mare are now setting their sights on an elite level target this Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival at Morphettville.
Ocean Embers will be geared towards the $1 million Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) on May 6, the weight-for-age feature enjoying a notable prize money boost this season.
She is as yet untested in Group 1 class but has earned a shot at bigger and better things this campaign.
Eden will give Ocean Embers two Sydney runs during the autumn carnival before the trip to Adelaide for the Robert Sangster.
“This mare has had a lot issues including throat surgery and operations to remove bone chips from both fetlocks,” he said.
“But we’ve managed to get her through them and we’re expecting her to blossom this preparation.
“We thought the Bow Mistress would be an ideal start to her campaign.”
Friday night’s other Hobart feature at Elwick was also won by an interstate raider with the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained favourite Northwest Passage enjoying an easy kill in the $100,000 Listed Schweppes Tasmanian Derby (2200m).
Completing the Hobart Guineas – Tasmanian Derby double, Northwest Passage made history as the shortest-priced winner of the latter jumping at $1.10.
Despite looking in trouble in the final few hundred metres, the So You Think gelding quickly correct his position and in the end had over three lengths to spare over the Danny O’Brien-trained French Snitzel ($30.70) with Igitur ($17.90) for Weir a close third.
Next-up options for Northwest Passage include the $2 million Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 1 in Sydney, the SA Derby over 2500m or the Queensland Derby during winter.
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2017 Bow Mistress Trophy Results
Hobart Race 7 – 03/02/2017
|1||2||OCEAN EMBERS||Shea Eden||Jason Benbow||–||6||56.5kg||$2.70|
|2||3||LYUBA||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||0.5L||5||56.5kg||$2.20F|
|3||1||I LOVE IT||John Salanitri||Stephen Baster||2.3L||2||56.5kg||$4.40|
|4||8||TIME COMMANDS||Graeme Mcculloch||Raquel Clark (a)||4.6L||8||56.5kg||$99.50|
|5||6||TERIKI||Barry Campbell||Ms Sigrid Carr||5.1L||4||56.5kg||$28.30|
|6||7||TROT ON CANDY||Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn||Troy Baker||6.4L||3||56.5kg||$14.50|
|7||4||SNIPPETEE BEE||Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn||Anthony Darmanin||6.5L||1||56.5kg||$49.30|
|8||5||ASTRO MISS||Steven Davis||Craig Newitt||11L||7||56.5kg||$48.10|
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