Thomas Stockdale was one the few jockeys that could see the leader at the halfway point of Saturday’s Rising Stars’ Final (1400m) at Flemington.
Tatum Bull had taken her mount Write Enuff to a big lead at the midway point of the race restricted to apprentice riders, which left more than 15 lengths between the leader and the $1.95 favourite Lindhout at the back of the field.
Lindhout’s jockey Carleen Hefel stuck to her plan to follow the $4.80 second favourite Aidensfield throughout the race.
The hectic early speed left Lindhout with an impossible task from the 700m.
But Stockdale bided his time on the John Price-trained Chassis, waiting until the field was well in the straight before asking his mount for her finishing effort.
Stockdale’s patience paid off as Chassis ($11) got past Galgani ($6.50) while Lindhout produced an enormous finished in the last 400m to grab third, a half-length from pulling off a memorable win.
“In Victoria, or anywhere in Victoria for that matter, the apprentice ranks are so competitive these days,” Stockdale said.
Thomas Stockdale was all smiles after winning Saturday’s Rising Stars Final at Flemington. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“We’re all fighting for the best rides and I was lucky enough to get a nice horse today.
“We had a lovely run and proved too strong in the end.”
Price said vets had found a couple of niggles that led to the mare performing below her best last year.
Saturday’s Flemington win was the four-year-old’s second in her last four starts.
“We found a couple of issues, she just needed the stress out of her,” Price said.
“We’ve just changed her work a bit and she‘s returned the form we saw as a three-year-old.”
Galgani’s jockey Teo Nugent was crowned the overall winner of the Rising Stars Series for the season after amassing the highest number of points throughout the heats, which were run all over the state.
Gonna gets chance for Oaks glory
– Gilbert Gardiner
Gonnadancealot punched a ticket to the Group 1 Oaks with an emphatic win in the Byerley Handicap (1800m) at Flemington.
Courtesy of a gun steer from Jamie Kah, who was able to cross from barrier 10 and box seat behind the speed, the Sir Prancelot filly quickened smartly in the straight to run out a comfortable winner.
The victory allows Cranbourne co-trainers Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock to plot a path of convenience to the Oaks without the need to qualify in the spring.
“We wanted to see a good performance from her today … I think we’ve seen a performance worthy of making those sorts (Oaks) of considerations,” de Kock said.
“Myself and Robbie have had this race mapped out from a couple of months ago and programmed her towards it.
“Each and every run she’s taken, she’s just improved … the rider just keeps coming back and saying she’s never felt any better. We were definitely comfortable she would enjoy it (1800m).”
The VRC Oaks is now on the radar for Flemington winner Gonnadancealot. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Kah echoed the sentiment after the soft 2¾-length victory.
“It’s exciting to get her over a bit of a trip and I think she’ll just keep getting better,” Kah said.
“She’s got all the right attributes to be a stayer.
“She settles, she relaxes and I’m sure she’ll pop up in the spring and make a nice filly.”
Robert Hickmott-trained Aktogali ran on from back in the field for second, while Denis Pagan kept hopes of back-to-back Derbies alive with Turn It Up Tommy grabbing third in a head-bobber.
Pagan’s remarkable Victoria Derby winner Johnny Get Angry finished second in the Byerley last year.
Originally published asStockdale gets motor running to win Rising Stars final
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