Popular mare Royal Descent has returned to racing in the best way possible at Royal Randwick over the weekend; mustering an impressive final straight sprint to take out the featured Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Hugh Bowman settled the daughter of Redoute’s Choice in prime position on the heels of early leaders Zaratone and Messene, who flew the barriers and set a quick tempo towards the bend.
Rounding onto the final straight with a clear racing line, Royal Descent quickly spooled up and charged forward; locking in a pace battle with French import Pornichet but finding an extra gear to hit the line a length and a half in the clear; Messene beating Beaten Up for third in a photo.
Bowman delivered a typically polished performance aboard Royal Descent in the 2015 Warwick Stakes and was quick to lay all the praise on the classy mare.
“You’ve only got to look through her record to see there’s a lot of places at the highest level,” Bowman said.
“Her consistency probably penalises her in those big handicaps because she’s weighted up to the best and has been narrowly defeated a couple of times.
“To get a win, although it’s a Group 2 against this calibre of horse it’s just no surprise and I’m just so pleased for Chris and the stable.
“I got a good run and I was always going to, but Chris had the mare in tip-top order today although I think she’ll improve with the run.
“My biggest concern was the firmer footing because she does like a bit of cut in the ground but she gave me a really good field going to the gates, I knew she was switched on and on the game.
“It all fell into place.”
Trainer Chris Waller was thrilled with the first-up performances and is confident the mare is in line for another competitive campaign through the 2015 Spring Carnival.
“She’s the last horse I would call a non-winner, and I know that’s what her form suggests but you wouldn’t get a horse that tries harder than her,” Waller said.
“She’s just been so gallant in big races, almost breaking weight carrying records in Epsoms and things like that but she’s a super star.
“It’s the best she’s come back in terms of the way she looks, she just looks so strong.
“I thought that might have been just against her a little bit but she’s had the two trials and trialled well and just a class act. She’s in for a good prep and that’s a good way to start.”
2015 Warwick Stakes Results
|1||12||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||–||3||57kg||$5.50|
|2||1||PORNICHET (FR)||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||1.5L||9||59kg||$4.80|
|3||6||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jay Ford||1.8L||1||59kg||$11|
|4||2||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||1.9L||2||59kg||$41|
|5||11||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||2L||6||58.5kg||$4.40F|
|6||10||ZARATONE||Bjorn Baker||Ms Kathy O’Hara||2.9L||8||59kg||$31|
|7||3||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||3.5L||5||59kg||$81|
|8||8||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||3.8L||10||59kg||$4.60|
|9||14||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||John Sargent||Joshua Parr||4.1L||11||56.5kg||$41|
|10||4||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||4.3L||12||59kg||$101|
|11||7||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||5.1L||13||59kg||$61|
|12||9||COMPLACENT||John O’Shea||Christian Reith||12.4L||7||59kg||$41|
|FF||5||BURBERO (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Rory Hutchings (a)||–||4||59kg||$8.50|