Bjorn Baker’s three-year-old Quiet Riot did not exactly cause mayhem at Warwick Farm on Monday, but he showed tenacity to win on his debut in the $60,000, Drinkwise Plate (1100m) for maiden three-year-old colts and geldings.
There might have been a riot if he had not won after being backed into $2.00 on TAB fixed odds, however, that was avoided and the Fastnet Rock colt showed that he should be able to climb the grades.
From barrier nine James McDonald parked Quiet Riot outside Hulk and Nash Rawiller who came out from eight and these two led the rest through to the top of the main straight. At the 300m McDonald pressed Quiet Riot to come alongside Hulk and they went stride for stride until the 100m when Hulk felt the pinch, again.
Favra and Brenton Avdulla came late and Rawiller used all his strength to kept Hulk in the place picture with Ranges and Tommy Berry also arriving on the scene.
At the line Quiet Riot was a neck in front of Favra (Dissident) with Hulk (I Am Invincible) third, the margin a short half head. It was the ninth placing for Hulk from his 13 starts.
The time was 1.03.11 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.02.
Quiet Riot, out of the Distorted Humour mare Gaudeamus, has been a work in progress for the stable with five trials, the last for a win over 805m at The Farm on January 21st, and stable spokesman Stephen McLean acknowledging the patience of the owners.
“This bloke has got a lot of improvement to come,” he added.
The improvement will be helped for connections by the $39,650 stake for the public Australia Day holiday.
The following race was for the three-year-old’s over 1600m in the More Than Ready @ Vinery Bm 64 Handicap (1600m) and Josh Parr nearly pulled off a leading all the way run on Money Magic. However, Tom Marquard on Matthew Smith’s Nimalee had covered them throughout the trip and in the final 100m they caught Money Magic and pulled away for the filly’s second win.
It was a So You Think quinella and with third placed Rules Don’t Apply (Dissident) they should all appear over longer later into the autumn. The $3.50 favourite Chenin Blanc raced at the back of the field and came late for fourth, 2 3/4L from the winner, and this filly looks to be looking for further distance as well.
The margins were 3/4L and 1/4L with the times 1.37.41 and 35.61. Nimalee paid $12.00 on fixed odds and $14.00 on the tote.
Nimalee has a pedigree, being out of the Zabeel mare Dezign, that should see out the classic distance by April. This was her third start after a win first up at Canberra over 1400m and a fourth last time out at Kembla Grange, also over 1400m on January 11th, with Money Magic second in that race. She has now earned $52,830.
The three-year-old maiden filly sprinters came out next in the Ranvet Plate (1100m) and the Freeman trained Juan Diva behaved herself sufficiently, if still racing greenly, to show a turn of foot that put paid to the field over the final 100m.
Racing close to the rails Brenton Avdulla tracked the early leader Diddles and Nash Rawiller and then unleashed his filly over the concluding stages. Such was her speed that she won with 2 1/4L in hand with the final 600m clocked at 33.97. The overall time was 1.03.41.
The I Am Invincible pair of Shuhood and Sweeping Statement filled the placings with the margin a neck.
The Trelawney Stud owned Juan Diva, out of the Husson mare Peron, was backed as the holiday special commencing the day at $6.00 with TAB to pay $3.10 on fixed odds and $3.20 on the tote.
Note - the older Medaglia d'Oro half-brother to Quiet Riot, Golden Sixty, won the HK$10m, HK Classic Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin later on Monday.
More Than Ready @ Vinery
Ranvet Plate, all photo finish pictures ATC