Dissident (with Ben Melham aboard) wins today’s G1 C.F. Orr Stakes in Australia
Dissident was at his electrifying best at Australia’s Caulfield racecourse this afternoon, securing his fourth career G1 win and reaffirming his case to be crowned Australia’s Horse of the Year. Wearing China Horse Club’s red and yellow silks for only the second time, the outstanding sprint-miler made the $A400,000 Orr Stakes (1400m) his own to score by a length and a half.
The Peter Moody trained stallion became the fourth individual G1 winner for the China Horse Club since it began racing in only April 2013 and posted the club’s sixth individual G1 success in that time.
“It is a fantastic result for our members, our partners and the China Horse Club. We are all in racing to enjoy fantastic experiences and winning at the highest level is exhilarating,” said Mr Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the China Horse Club, today.
“Our members were on the phone to me very quickly once they saw the race. This is what we want to see. Chinese people participating and being excited by thoroughbred racing at the highest level.
“Dissident franked our weighty opinion of him and the manner in which he let down when asked by jockey Ben Melham confirms why he is such a promising stallion prospect. The feedback from our members in China has been fantastic.”
Dissident was purchased late last year by a collection of notable owners and will only have a select number of starts before he retires to stand at stud at Newgate Farm in the Hunter Valley (NSW, Australia) this spring. As a stakes winning two-year-old, G1 winning three-year-old and now three time G1 winning four-year-old he is expected to be among the most sought after new stallions at stud in Australia this coming season.
“It is great to be in partnership with the China Horse Club in a horse as good as Dissident. He is a fantastic race horse and a tremendous stallion prospect. Today was exceptional, it really was,” said Henry Field, Managing Director of Newgate Farm.
“Ben Melham was glowing in his praise of Dissident and the way he finished the race off. Watching it live it is easy to see why. I will be heading up to Singapore in a few days time for the CECF Singapore and look forward to catch up with the China Horse Club team and celebrating.”
The afternoon was almost a red letter day for the China based club with the talismanic filly First Seal storming home for second in the G2 Flight Stakes in her first run in 2015. The hulking filly was held up slightly entering the straight before rocking to the line in a manner that suggests her current preparation will be most rewarding.
The exceptional runs of the duo comes only two days after the club’s Royal Oasis showed tremendous fight to win her second race in Victoria during the week.