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Sunday Territorian 5 Nov 2017



Sunday Territorian 5 Nov 2017


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64 SPORT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 JOHN Sargent has another Oaks in his sights after Luvaluva gave the trainer his third Wakeful Stakes win in five years at Flemington. Sargent won the 2013 Group 2 Wakeful (2000m) with Kirramosa, five days be fillies and earned high praise, steering the three-year-old to a last-to-first victory. Blakes on fire at the moment, Sargent said. I said wed probably have to go back and I just left it to him. Thats how he rides and he rode Thunder Lady to win this race very similarly to this. He got back and weaved through the field and it will give the filly a bit of confidence. Its all good for Thursday, hopefully. Luvaluva saved ground on the inside before bursting through and got home to beat Glam Guru by a head with a nose to Rimraam third. Luvaluva has firmed from $11 to $4.80 for Thursdays Oaks (2500m), with Aloisia the $1.75 favourite with UBET. Sargent said Luvaluva was a big, strong filly and the Sydney trainer believes she is more of a staying type than his previous winners. Shes shown it from the first trial I gave her as a two-year-old. We put her aside and aimed her for these two races this week, he said. Along with a VRC Oaks win, Sargent has also won a Queensland Oaks with Quintessential in 2012 and the 2015 ATC Oaks in Sydney with Gust Of Wind, the last horse to have beaten Winx. MATHEW TOOGOOD LEO SCHLINK TRAINER Aaron Purcell has been thrown into the Australian racing spotlight as an unlikely star of this years Melbourne spring carnival, with Merchant Navy giving him his second Group 1 win. The elite colt ($19) stormed home in yesterdays $1 million Coolmore Stud Stakes on the straight 1200m course at Flemington to grab Invincible Star ($6.40) on the line. It was his first start for Purcell, who was training his own team at Warrnambool when he took over Ciaron Mahers large stable and staff at Caulfield after Maher was suspended for six months in late September. Emerging star filly Aloisia gave Purcell his first Group 1 win in last months Thousand Guineas (1600m). Connections of Merchant Navy elected to freshen him for the Coolmore after his unplaced Golden Rose (1400m) run in Sydney in September and he wore blinkers yesterday. I came to Caulfield with a job to do and obviously winning Group 1s was part of that, Purcell said. It wasnt guaranteed it was going to happen but its a good result for me, good result for the owners and good result for the staff. Sargent targets Oaks again after Luvaluva stars in Wakeful fore that filly won the VRC Oaks (2500m). He added another Wakeful a year later with Thunder Lady, who then finished second in the Oaks. Thunder Lady was ridden to her Wakeful win by Blake Shinn who was also aboard Luvaluva in yesterdays race for Waterhouse labels tough-as-teak Cismontane a real contender JOCKEY Dean Yendall is starting to build an enviable record aboard three-year-old fillies. Yendall had never ridden a Group 1 winner until guiding filly Yankee Rose to success in last years Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) in Sydney. He went on to win on another filly, I Am A Star, in last years Myer Classic (1600m) and followed up again on Shoals in yesterdays Group 1 race at Flemington. Sent out the $4.50 favourite, Shoals was the only filly in the weight-forage race restricted to females. After taking over turning for home, Shoals held off a late challenge from Eckstein ($41) to win by a short half-head, with Dixie Blossoms ($11) the same margin away third. Winning trainer Anthony Freedman said Yendall was again back in his good books. Yendall won the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on Santa Ana Lane for Freedman, before finishing 12th on Mr Sneaky in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield last month. The benefit with Dean is he rides them in a good saddle at this weight and he doesnt waste, Freedman said. A lot of guys will say they can do the weight, but theyre at 60 per cent but you know with him hes physically 100 per cent. Freedman had planned a four-run campaign for Shoals into yesterdays race and wasnt prepared to alter those plans despite being beaten by Aloisia in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield. We were initially a little disappointed with her last run, Freedman said. The winner has proven to be high quality and we got confident when that filly won last Saturday. Freedman said Shoals had been under-rated because of her size but was incredibly tough knowing how difficult the race is to win. Mark Zahra returns to scale on the Aaron Purcell-trained three-year-old colt Merchant Navy after taking out the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington yesterday Picture: MICHAEL DODGE Purcell dazzles as Navy salutes I feel that Im doing my job well. If things hadnt have gone the way they have, I would have been at home at Warrnambool cheering Ciarons horses home and wouldve been happy for him. He said taking over a number of quality horses brought with it expectation and pressure. Fortunately Ive got very good staff behind me and good facilities and good processes at home, he said. Things have been working well and him getting the bob on the line is definitely a very satisfying result. Merchant Navy races in Darren Thomas Seymour Bloodstock colours but the colts ownership group also includes Coolmore, which sponsors the race. Purcell expected Merchant Navy to be strong late but said it wasnt until about the final stride he was going to reel Invincible Star in. Merchant Navy won by a head, with another short halfhead to Formality ($23) in third. Thomas earlier celebrated the win of John Sargenttrained Luvaluva in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m). Thomas acknowledged Mahers role in Merchant Navys career before starting his suspension. MATHEW TOOGOOD All smooth sailing for Yendall and Shoals CRAIG BRENNAN GAI Waterhouse is adamant Lexus Stakes winner Cismontane is a legitimate Melbourne Cup contender, optimistic the tough gelding can complete a meteoric rise with victory on Tuesday. Chasing her second Mel bourne Cup triumph and co-trainer Adrian Botts first Waterhouse said Cismontanes stamina and courage will count for plenty in the Cup. This horse is as tough as teak and as honest as the day is long, Waterhouse said. Of course he will back up on Tuesday. He is in the field now and you have a chance because you are in the race. It will be very hard to win, with the compressed weights these days it is even harder than ever, but we have a horse that will try his heart out. It is so exciting for the owners, so exciting for Adrian and I, the people who work with us at the stables because so much work goes into getting a horse ready for a Melbourne Cup. Cismontane has been everywhere. He was down here, we took him back to Sydney for the St Leger, he ran third there and third again last week in the Moonee Valley Cup. He thrives on his racing. Waterhouse and Bott will combine with their second Cup runner after 2015 Lexus winner Excess Knowledge finished 16th last year. Waterhouse, then training alone, won the Cup with Fio rente in 2013. Lexus victory catapulted lightly-raced Cismontane into the Cup field and he will now attempt to join Shocking (2009) and Brew (2000) as winners of both the Lexus and Cup. The triumph prompted TAB to slash Cismontanes odds from $151 to $31.