Stakes company looks certain to await talented China Horse Club fillies Eawase and Galina after they pulled clear to fight out today’s $50,000 Unconquered Plate (1200m) at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Australia. The one-two finish from the fillies was a precursor to seasoned gelding Lead Choreographer making a winning return to racing in the $50,000 Last Post Handicap (1400m) later on the same programme.
Metropolitan two-year-old maidens held immediately after the Sydney Autumn Carnival are traditionally used a stepped stone towards the lucrative Brisbane Winter Carnival and the father and son training team of Peter and Paul Snowden now have the luxury of assessing the immediate futures of Eawase and Galina with more confidence.
“It is rewarding to see both fillies step up and dominate this race in the way we hoped they would. They both came from back in the field, made their runs together down the centre of the track and fought it out,” said Michael Wallace, Head of Bloodstock and Racing for the China Horse Club.
“Eawase had a slight fitness edge going into the race and that is the way it panned out in the finish. But, at this stage, there is little between them and they both look to have very promising futures ahead of them.”
Eawase prevailed by a neck in her third career start while Galina was only venturing to the track for the second time having made an eye-catching debut in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes last September.
Irish apprentice, Lee Magorrian, was full of praise for his charge Lead Choreographer who saluted over 1400m, a distance regarded as short of his best. The Irish bred Lead Choreographer made good ground along the rail from back in the field to dive at his rivals on the line and land the prize in the final race of the Anzac Day race card.
“I wanted to get him into a rhythm travelling. He really let down in the last 100m he is going to be in for a good preparation,” Magorrian said post-race.
“[Lead Choreographer] tried his heart out out there. He isn’t the easiest horse to ride but he was good today.”
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