Shillelagh Claims One for the Kiwis in Empire Rose Stakes

November 3, 2018

Shillelagh Claims One for the Kiwis in Empire Rose Stakes

New Zealand ridden, New Zealand owned and New Zealand trained seven-year old Shillelagh has won her second Group 1 start claiming the $500,000 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Shillelagh, above, claimed the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Out of Savabeel, the veteran workhorse was flying over the final 400m of the race, going on to win by a length and a half.

The win marked Chris Waller’s second Empire Rose win, having trained Red Tracer to victory in 2013. But after a tough day at the track, the champion trainer admits Shillelagh’s victory was a relief following two runner-ups in the races prior.

“That’s racing, it can deliver you some highs and lows,” Waller said after the race.

“I’ve been the biggest sook of all today running a couple of seconds, thought it was the end of the world on the back of last week, and then thirty minutes later, you’re winning a Group 1 race.”

The highs of Winx’s fourth consecutive Cox Plate victory last week remain unmatched, but for jockey James McDonald, a brave ride earned him his first ever Empire Rose win.

“I’ll take a little bit of credit for that one, it’s great how it’s all worked out, she traveled so beautifully toward’s the line and just sat back toward’s the fence” McDonald said.

“I had to get a little bit of luck throughout the run, and she got that, she burst through, and I was on the right horse well-trained, peaked for perfection.”

A wall of horses rounded the final bend on Saturday, with many favourites like Oohood finding themselves trapped.

Somehow, McDonald stayed patient to work his way down the inside to find fresh air, while Waller admits he had his fingers crossed for some good luck.

“James just went back and bided his time, I was just closing my eyes at the 300m mark hoping for the best, and the best came.”

Unfortunately for Tony McEvoy, lady luck wasn’t on Bring Me Roses’ side as the $6.40 second-elect, who will now skip the Matriarch Stakes and instead target the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in Perth later this month.

“She ran last week at Moonee Valley, I backed her up today. I’d like to consider going to the Railway in Perth, or we’ve got the Eclipse at Sandown, I think they’re better options for this girl and so I’d say the Matriach is not likely at this stage” McEvoy said.

Bring Me Roses has firmed from $101 into $16 ahead of the Railway, while Shillelagh has also moved from $16 into $10.

 

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