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Racing round-up - Oak Door and Eckstein among the big weekend winners, where to next?

Adam Cusworth in News 15 Jul 2019
  • Round up of all the big race news from the action around Australia on Saturday July 13
  • What are the next targets for the winners?
Oak Door claimed the John Monash Stakes at Caulfield (PA Images)

Racing was at Caulfield on Saturday July 13 for the running of the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m), while at Rosehill, the feature was the Winter Stakes (1400m). 

Here is our round up of the day as we take a look at where the big names are headed next. 

Caulfield

It was an upset at Caulfield in the Monash Stakes with the John Sadler-trained Oak Door running down Jungle Edge to take out the $160,000 race. 

Sent out a $31 chance, the five-year-old settled handy to the lead and gradually wore down his rival in the final 100m, while another roughie, Princess Of Queens grabbed 3rd. 

The win broke a bit of a drought for the son of Commands, who won the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) ahead of Attention in 2017 as a three-year-old. He may next line up in the Bletchingley Stakes (1200m) at the same track on July 27. 

The programme kicked off early at Caulfield over concerns about possible poor visibility in the late afternoon and it was Star Surprise that got the day off to a flyer, winning the opening race on the programme for the two-year-olds. The Michael Moroney-trained galloper will likely be kept in work for some of the early spring races for his age group. 

It was a mixed day for punters as Organza was rolled as a $2.15 chance with Travinmyfriend claiming victory in Race 5 of the day, but Tavirun ($2.80 in Race 6) and Gododdin ($4.80f in Race 6) enjoyed victories. 

Rosehill

In the Winter Stakes at Rosehill it was a thrilling win for the Chris Waller-trained Eckstein, who held out the Godolphin galloper, Gaulois, while Nicci's Gold ran 3rd. Less than half a length separated the trifecta horses. 

The former Kurt Goldman galloper, who has regularly mixed it with some of the best at Group 1 level, benefited by a brilliant ride from Blake Shinn and made it her eighth career win with her performance. 

The five-year-old, who was recently sold to Coolmore, will possibly lineup in the Winter Challenge (1500m) at the same track in a couple of weeks before a date with the American sire, Justify, beckons in the spring. 

Earlier on the programme, the $1.5 million yearling, Spend, claimed a hard fought win ahead of True Detective in the Everest Carnival Handicap (1100m), despite appearing to not enjoy the Heavy conditions. 

The former Perth mare, Agent Pippa, claimed the ATC Foundation Handicap (1100m), while Dylan's Romance easily accounted for his opposition in the ATC Member Tours Handicap (2000m). 

Looking Ahead

Racing is at Randwick and Flemington on Saturday July 20, while black-type action bobs up at Eagle Farm for the running of the Tattersalls Mile (1600m) and the Queensland Cup (3200m). 


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