Tosen Stardom (JPN) under Damien Lane claimed his second Group 1 of the Victorian Spring Carnival when taking the $2m, Group 1 WFA Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday also giving the Darren Weir stable the final Group 1 of the spring.
Tosen Stardom (JPN) and Damien Lane burst clear, picture Quentinjlang.com
After finding winning form in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600m after a difficult time since being in Australia with injury, Weir has been able to present the seven-year-old Deep Impact entire fit and ready to race to claim the two major races.
The race was held up before the start when Gingernuts (NZ) was found to have a fetlock injury after trotting towards the barriers under Michael Dee who immediately dismounted when he felt Gingernuts’ action falter. The multiple Group 1 winner was taken from the course for further treatment.
The nature of the race changed swiftly over the final stages after Cliff’s Edge and Dean Yendall were leading up the main straight. There was a charge behind Cliffs Edge with Tosen Stardom behind a wall of horses, however once Lane had clear running room, they were clear in an instant, through to the lead and away to a 1 1/2L win.
Behind the field fought over the placings with little between them all. Happy Clapper (Teofilo) and Blake Shinn were second, It’s Somewhat (USA) (Dynaformer) third, The Taj Mahel fourth, the $3.60 favourite Folkswood (GB) fifth, Cliff’s Edge sixth, Harlem (GB) seventh and Odeon eighth. The margins from second were – short neck, short half-head, half-head, short neck, short neck, long head and short neck.
The time was 2.01.22 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.76. Tosen Stardom paid $6.00 on fixed odds and $6.60 on the NSW tote. One wager placed on Friday was $12,000 the win / $7,000 the place @ $9/$2.95.
Clear at the line, picture Quentinjlang.com
"It was amazing, wasn't it? That was the real Tosen Stardom,” said Weir.
"We have seen it at home, the blinkers have gone on at the right time and switched him on. He has had a great week, and it is a great thrill and great for a horse with such a great pedigree to deliver on the big stage.
“Great patient owners, there is a lot of people in the horse, but there's been no pressure on me to race him. If we could put him in the paddock, we were allowed to, and that's been the key.
“This preparation the consistency of the races has been great for him, fortnight, fortnight, fortnight, and then being able to back up a week later after a soft-ish sort of run held him in great stead today.
"The Japanese owners that have stayed into him, it's great for them to have some success in Australian racing. I hope they send us some more," he said.
“The horse was great. I tell you, he would have been a good thing beat if I didn’t get out. I had one run close on me, it really stopped my momentum and to switch across heels and still win was just massive," said Lane.
“He was always going to be better suited back to weight-for-age and they’ve done a magnificent job during the week with him to get him to back off his Cantala run so well. I was just the pilot today; I was lucky enough to be on board,” he said.
Damien Lane and Tosen Stardom are clear of the chasing pack, picture Quentinjlang.com
Tosen Stardom is out of the End Sweep mare Admire Kirameki. This was his seventh win from 25 starts in Japan and Australia and with four placings he has earned stakes of $3,342,526. He is owned by Australian Bloodstock, Mr T Shimakawa, Mr K Yoshida, Power Thoroughbreds, Mr J L Bromley, Mr A Kheir, Mr A A Brogan, Mr J D Stumer, Mr G D Barnett, Mrs M Barnett, Mr J P Hunter, Mr C D Renshaw, Mr T A Ginnane, Get The Dukes Out Racing, Mr M Johnston, Mr L H McKenzie, Doonaree Racing and Australian Bloodstock No 2 Syndicate.
Emirates Stakes, photo finish picture Racing.com
The crowd on Saturday was 68,873 to take the four day total of the Flemington Melbourne Cup Carnival 310,608.