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Racing fans are in for a mouth-watering edition of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes next month as the race is all but confirmed as the next-up target for champion Kiwi mare Probabeel following her first-up win in the 2021 Cockram Stakes at Caulfield.
The three-time Group 1 winning daughter of Savabeel presented in excellent fashion from the Matamata stables of star young New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards and didn’t disappoint fresh in the Group 3 $200,000 W.W. Cockram Stakes (1200m).
From the outside draw carrying the equal 60kg top-weight with Phillip Stokes’ Robert Sangster Stakes winner Instant Celebrity, Probabeel was given a well-executed ride by jockey Damian Lane.
Lane got his mount into a nice midfield position with cover and rode her with confidence, getting out at the right time.
The Peter Moody-trained Diamonds In The Sky led the Cockram Stakes field around on the fence setting an even speed up front as Probabeel rolled around midfield.
The odds-on favourite was still five off the lead at the top of the straight leaving her run late.
Diamonds In The Sky went for home at the 200m but was quickly joined by the John Price-trained roughie Chassis having her first Group race start since March last year.
The Cockram Stakes result was decided the final 100m however with Probabeel ($1.95) moving up level to Chassis ($41), the mare traveling like the best horse in the race, before just edging out the brave runner-up.
After getting caught in a pocket and losing momentum in her run, Instant Celebrity ($4.40) was also good late getting up for a first-up third to complete the Cockram Stakes trifecta only a half-length beaten.
“It was a brilliant ride by Damian from the outside barrier, he got her into a nice position,” Richards’ stable representative Brad Taylor told Racing Victoria after the race.
“She’s got a real will to win and she got her head out right there on the line and got the job done.
“There’s nice improvement there, so better things to come.”
Taylor confirmed he spoke to Richards that morning and plans were to now head to the $1 million Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) back at the track on September 18 where the mare is likely to get in on around 57kg.
“She’ll run in the Sir Rupert Clarke,” Taylor said.
“He (Richards) is very hopeful that Behemoth can win (the Memsie Stakes) today and keep her weight down a little bit.
“She’ll get around 57 (kg) in that…she’s probably well-rated in a race like that.”
Probabeel is currently installed as the equal $5.50 co-favourite in all-in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au with the winter’s Group 3 Gunsynd Classic winner in Brisbane Ayrton.
Reigning champion Behemoth follows at $8 at time of publish.
David Jolly’s hulking South Australian sprinter completed the Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes double last spring and defends his title in the former at 4:45pm this afternoon.
2021 Cockram Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||1||PROBABEEL (NZ)||Jamie Richards||Damian Lane||9||60kg||$1.95F|
|2||7||CHASSIS||John Price||Michael Dee||0.2L||8||56kg||$41|
|3||2||INSTANT CELEBRITY||Phillip Stokes||Craig Williams||0.5L||3||60kg||$4.40|
|4||6||PLAQUETTE||James Cummings||Damien Oliver||2.25L||4||56kg||$19|
|5||10||DIAMONDS INTHE SKY||Peter G Moody||Brett Prebble||2.35L||6||56kg||$20|
|6||4||RICH HIPS||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Luke Currie||3.1L||5||58kg||$12|
|7||9||PARLOPHONE||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Dean Yendall||3.6L||2||56kg||$12|
|8||5||SNICKERDOODLEDANDY||Peter G Moody||John Allen||3.8L||1||57kg||$21|
|9||8||PAUL’S REGRET||Peter Chow||Jye McNeil||5.8L||7||56kg||$16|
|3||LA MEXICANA||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Ms Jamie Kah||0|
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