MONDAY: November 11, 2019: OFF came the winkers, on went the blinkers – and the result was exactly what Brooke Somers had hoped for at Queanbeyan today.
The Hawkesbury trainer clinched her second success of the season when Magic Millions purchase Enchanted Glory put an end to her maiden status with a last to first performance.
With Andrew Banks aboard, Enchanted Glory ($7.50) stormed along the inside to land the Maiden Plate (1460m) against her own sex.
Just as another Hawkesbury runner, Scott Singleton’s Artie’s Rose ($3.50), was being hailed as the winner, she powered home to break through at her 10th start.
Interestingly, Enchanted Glory has been ridden by a different jockey at each of those 10 runs after beginning her career when unplaced in Wyong’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) last December as a $101 chance.
Somers purchased the now three-year-old Olympic Glory filly for $25,000 at the Gold Coast National Yearling Sale in June last year, then syndicated her amongst clients, including her mother Patricia Penny.
“Enchanted Glory was offered by Arrowfield Stud, and Paul Messara was very helpful with her purchase,” Somers said on her way home from Queanbeyan.
“She has a beautiful pedigree and it was good to get a win on the board with her.”
Enchanted Glory’s half-brother Squamosa (by Not A Single Doubt) won four of his seven starts, including the 2010 Group 3 Run To The Rose and 2011 Listed June Stakes. He was also runner-up to Toorak Toff in the 2010 Group 1 Golden Rose.
Enchanted Glory finished last of six runners in a 1600m Maiden at Kembla Grange last Tuesday, and Somers felt there were a number of contributing factors to her form turnaround at Queanbeyan.
“Taking winkers off and replacing them with blinkers certainly helped, and she was coming back from provincial to country class,” she said.
“Also, the soft track didn’t really suit at Kembla, and she handled the six-day back up without any problems.
“Usually, horses up on the pace win at Queanbeyan, but Enchanted Glory defied the track bias today.
“We will try and sort a 1600m race for three-year-olds for her, but they aren’t easy to find.”
. Coincidentally, fellow Hawkesbury trainer Malcolm Johnston joined the winner’s list this season at Orange last Friday, also at the expense of another Hawkesbury runner.
Johnston’s Jin Chi Phantom ($2.25 favorite), ridden by Hawkesbury apprentice Qin Yong, took the Maiden Plate (1000m), defeating Jason Clisby’s The Sprooker ($6.50), who was placed for the eighth time.
A lightly-raced Tavistock four-year-old who was having only his fifth start, Jin Chi Phantom began his career in New Zealand, where he raced twice, before coming to Australia.