Alister Clarke Stakes 2015: Chill Party’s thrilling win stirs emotions for trainer Tom Hughes and apprentice jockey Patrick Moloney   Leave a comment

Alister Clarke Stakes 2015: Chill Party’s thrilling win stirs emotions for trainer Tom Hughes and apprentice jockey Patrick Moloney

Patrick Moloney does enough to get Chill Party (rails) home in a ride described by traine

Patrick Moloney does enough to get Chill Party (rails) home in a ride described by trainer Tom Hughes “as just magnificent”. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

CHILL Party’s narrow victory in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) was viewed as momentous by both his trainer Tom Hughes and his apprentice jockey Patrick Moloney.

Hughes likened it to winning a Melbourne Cup and the 21-year-old Moloney described his first Group win as the highlight of his career.

Hughes said the win was a tonic to end a tough 12 months and things were now looking up.

It was an emotional Hughes after the win as he said his partner Tessa had also been cleared of any brain damage by an MRI scan.

“She was in intensive care last week, so it was pretty worrying, but she’s got the all clear,” Hughes said.

Only last year Hughes — after a quiet period and having low stable numbers — was asked to vacate his Flemington stables by the VRC.

Hughes though fought this and was granted a further two-year lease.

Hughes has had great success in the past with horses such as Alcove and Chill Party’s relation Titanic Jack, who won the 2003 Emirates Stakes and Alister Clark Stakes.

Hughes said it was great to train another winner for the Whittenbury family, who raced Chill Party and also Titanic Jack.

It was only because Chill Party’s dam Dressed To Impress was a half-sister to Titanic Jack that they went and looked at him as a yearling.

“Mr Whittenbury told me to go and look at the horse at the sales and he was a nice horse and we got him for $60,000,” he said.

Hughes described Moloney’s ride “as just magnificent”.

Chill Party was still second last with 500m to go but Moloney gained a sustained rails run through the field and then took a split between Maastricht and Magicool on straightening to hit the front.

He then had to push Chill Party hard to stave off the fast-finishing Stratum Star by a short head.

“I was just pinching runs on the inside and I thought I just needed one little split and he’ll win and he got it,” Moloney said.

Chill Party ($8) defeated Stratum Star ($2.10) by a short half head, with Masstricht ($11) third.

Patrick Moloney and Chill Party (rails) combine to edge out Brad Rawiller and Stratum Sta

Patrick Moloney and Chill Party (rails) combine to edge out Brad Rawiller and Stratum Star in the Alister Clark Stakes. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

SOUTHERN ADVENTURE PAYS

JOHN O’Shea’s decision to send two-year-old filly Calverite from Sydney to Melbourne for the Listed Penang Pearl (1200m, 2YO fillies) paid dividends with an easy all-the-way win.

Calverite was one of five horses Godolphin was setting for the Golden Slipper but after she failed at her last two runs after winning her debut they decided to change tack and sent her to Melbourne.

The other four, Exosphere, Haptic, Furnaces and Ottoman will all run in the Golden Slipper.

Calverite led throughout and won by three-and-a-half lengths.

Her jockey, Dwayne Dunn, won’t be riding one of the Godolphin horses in the Golden Slipper but Lake Geneva for Team Hawkes.

DON IS GOOD, VERY GOOD

PROGRESSIVE stayer Don Doremo booked himself a start in next Saturday’s Mornington Cup with an easy four-length win in the Advanced Mailing Solutions (2040m).

His trainer Robbie Laing said if he ran well in the Mornington Cup he would head to Sydney for the Sydney Cup.

“We’ve always had a good opinion of him and he’s a dyed in the wool stayer,” Laing said.

In a change of tactics, his jockey Vlad Duric took him to the front in the early stages and he dominated from there.

Laing said the first 400m was run in even time and as a result his rivals weren’t going to get past him in the closing stages.

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Posted March 21, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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