Victorian bred racehorses had a day out at Caulfield on Saturday taking home five of the ten winners trophies on offer.
This was followed on Sunday with Written Tycoon’s son Balf’s Choice taking out the Lsted Godolphin Seymour Cup and then the Makybe bred Mr stunning winning the Group 2 Premier Bowl at Sha Tin in Kong later in the day.
Ballarat trainer Darren Weir provided three of the Caulfield victories with the Epona Park bred Snitzepeg scoring in the Listed Gothic Stakes, Ross Holburt’s homebred Cliff’s Edge (Canford Cliffs) in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Classic and Limerick Lane homebred Kiwia (Reset) in the Group 3 Coongy Cup
The Waterhouse/Bott trained, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred Global Glamour saluted in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes while the Saconi Thoroughbreds homebred Fuhryk took out the last race, the Listed Alinghi Stakes.
Ross Holburt, along with brother and fellow photographer, Brett, bred Cliff’s Edge from their Snaadee mare, Simulation, and – wisely – decided to keep a share in the colt after being purchased by John Foote for $60,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
“It was a huge thrill … wins like that don’t come along every day,” Holburt points out.
“Brett and I only ever breed from a couple of mares and that’s down to one, as we lost Simulation last November to a colic attack.”
Cliff’s Edge is by the former Blue Gum Farm based stallion, Canford Cliffs, who stood for five seasons in Australia before remaining in Ireland after the 2016 season. It was his first stakes win in Australia.
Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s dual Group 1 winning mare, Global Glamour made a winning seasonal return when she saluted in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes over 1400 metres.
Co-trainer Waterhouse was pleased to see that Global Glamour has made the weight-for-age improvement, and is now set for the Group 1 Myer Classic at Flemington on 4 November.
“We brought her down to Melbourne to win the Myer Classic and she’s certainly on target.”
Ultra-consistent Balf’s Choice, a five-year-old gelding, claimed a sixth win this preparation and added to his triumph in last month’s Listed Balaklava Cup earlier this preparation.
“It’s a big thrill, it’s as big a winner as I’ve had in my career so far and he’s a really special horse for the stable,” trainer Ryan Balfour said.
Balfour will now eye a metropolitan feature during the tail-end of the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington or Sandown for Balf’s Choice.