At the Track: Harmony Rose top of her class
Harmony Rose, a Group class mare carrying the minimum weight, was too good for her rivals in the Albury Gold Cup (2000m).
The Mark Newnham trained four year-old ($5.50) ridden by Tyler Schiller set a new track record.
She defeated Five Kingdom by 2 1/4 lengths with 2 1/2 lengths to third placed Maurice’s Medad.
Last year’s winner Entente ($4.20 fav) finished seventh after leading to the turn.
Harmony Rose’s win highlighted a flaw in the handicapping system.
Ten of the 12 acceptors had the 54kg minimum.
Entente was topweight with 58.5kg and Dark Dream (fourth) had 57kg.
Those on the 54kg included Gottaluvtrucks, last start fourth in Corowa Benchmark 58, and Rent A Rock, ninth in Goulburn Benchmark 58. It would be absurd to suggest they could be competitive against the likes of Harmony Rose.
They finished last and second last.
Tyler Schiller followed up his Cup triumph with victory on Boss Lady Rocks in the final race of the meeting.
The mare gave trainer Ron Stubbs a home track win.
Schiller, originally from Young, started his apprenticeship with Phil Sweeney at Jerilderie before joining Newnham’s Randwick stable in 2020.
Written Advice was a popular winner of the Adrian Ledger Memorial (2400m).
The mar is trianed by Adrian’s father John and brother Chris.
Adrian died in a race fall at Corowa in 2005.
Pravro produced a powerful finishing burst to claim second place in the $130,000 55 Seconds Challenge final (955m) at Moonee Valley. Gwenda Johnstone trains the nine year-old.
Daisies ($7.90) a Coming Winner selection won the Alexandra Stakes (1600m) to earn a trip to Adelaide for the Oaks (2000m).
There is another heavy track for day one of The Championships at Randwick and capacity fields make the Australian Derby and Doncaste Mile hard to predict.
New Zealand trainer Murray Baker has won the Derby five times and his runners Regal Lion and White Noise must be respected.
Selections - Derby: Regal Lion, Alegron, Benaud. Doncaster: I’m Thunderstruck.
Follow - Uncle Bryn: Third at Sandown over 1400m at first Australian start; six starts in England for three wins up to 1910m.
Coming winners: Bless Her, fourth at Moonee Valley excels on soft and heavy tracks.
Bello Beau, unbeaten in Tasmania, struck interference when unplaced at Moonee Valley.
Quintello’s Mornington win was a pointer to more success.