Explosive Jack was far too good for his rivals...
The Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Victoria Quay knocked off a host of Kennedy Oaks-bound fillies in a gutsy effort to claim the 2020 Wakeful Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.
The progressive daughter of Dundeel is not nominated for Thursday’s Group 1 $1 million Kennedy Oaks (2500m) and instead is being nursed for a 2021 SA Oaks bid next May back home in Adelaide.
Still looking a little green down the famous straight at HQ, Victoria Quay was given a perfectly-timed ride by the airborne Jamie Kah.
Fresh off her outstanding Cox Plate Day rides, Kah celebrated just her second ever Melbourne Cup Carnival victory guiding Victoria Quay to a win over the Thousand Guineas runner-up Personal.
It was career start number four for the Wakeful Stakes winner who only came over from Adelaide a few days ago and she produced beautifully for the stable.
“She only come over a couple of days ago,” co-trainer Calvin McEvoy said post-win.
“What a fantastic thrill to win such a time-honoured race with a progressive filly.
“We knew she had a bit of a motor…we decided to really target the SA Oaks next year.”
The filly’s latest run back home on October 10 saw her finish second in the Listed Hill Stakes (1800m) and she caught the eye rising in class and distance in the Group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes (2000m).
The Godolphin-raced Pensato led the Wakeful Stakes field around and she was first into stride upon straightening at the 350m.
Chasing her down were Tyche Goddess and Personal, while Kah began her move down the outside on Victoria Quay.
The three were engaged in a brilliant battle over the final furlong, with top honours eventually going to Victoria Quay ($7) despite her running a little wayward over the closing stages.
On the line she had a neck to spare over the beaten Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes-trained favourite Personal ($3) up the middle, while roughie hope Tyche Goddess ($51) was good making it a three-straight hat-trick of third place finishes.
The eye-catcher looking ahead to the 2020 VRC Oaks meanwhile was Mark Newnham’s fourth-placed Miravalle who made up all the ground form the back.
2020 Wakeful Stakes Results
|1||9||VICTORIA QUAY||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Jamie Kah||11||55kg||$7|
|2||1||PERSONAL||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Damien Oliver||0.3L||8||55kg||$3F|
|3||10||TYCHE GODDESS||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Kerrin McEvoy||1.8L||9||55kg||$51|
|4||8||MIRAVALLE||Mark Newnham||Craig Williams||3.55L||13||55kg||$6|
|5||6||SALTO ANGEL (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Damian Lane||5.8L||14||55kg||$12|
|6||2||STARELLE||Danny O’Brien||James McDonald||6.55L||6||55kg||$10|
|7||3||SUCCEED INDEED||Leon & Troy Corstens||Mark Zahra||6.65L||4||55kg (cd 55.5kg)||$9.50|
|8||5||SILHOUETTE||James Cummings||John Allen||9.15L||3||55kg||$31|
|9||4||AGREEABLE||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Jye McNeil||11.65L||1||55kg||$8|
|10||12||BLAZING LACE||Dan O’Sullivan||Michael Poy (a)||16.15L||2||55kg||$301|
|11||7||PENSATO||James Cummings||William Pike||16.25L||5||55kg||$26|
|12||14||MRS MURPHY (NZ)||Paul Rocke||Jake Noonan||21.25L||10||55kg||$301|
|13||11||LADY DEVEREAUX||Clinton McDonald||Jordan Childs||24.25L||12||55kg||$301|
|14||13||PROUD MARY||Michael Moroney||Daniel Stackhouse||30.25L||7||55kg||$201|
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