Doncaster Mile 2015: Chris Waller, Glen Boss combine again as three-year-old colt Kermadec races to decisive victory   Leave a comment

Doncaster Mile 2015: Chris Waller, Glen Boss combine again as three-year-old colt Kermadec races to decisive victory

Kermadec wins Doncaster Mile

Kermadec wins Doncaster Mile

THE Doncaster specialists, trainer Chris Waller and jockey Glen Boss, struck again to win the famous Royal Randwick mile — and with a horse that was lucky to gain a start.

Kermadec gave Waller his fifth win in the big race in seven years and Boss a record sixth success when Kermadec burst between runners to race away to with the $3 million race.

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But Kermadec had only been second emergency for the Group 1 race then with the scratchings of Moriarty and It’s Somewhat, he scraped into the Doncaster field just 60 seconds before the 7.30am scratching deadline. The rest, as they say, is history.

Waller scratched Moriarty at 7.29am which enabled Kermadec to secure a start and ultimately record a famous win before a Easter Monday crowd of 11,576.

Special colt: Glen Boss eases down Kermadec. Picture: Getty Images

Special colt: Glen Boss eases down Kermadec. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

“That’s just racing, its adds to theatre,’’ Waller said of Kermadec finally squeezing into the field.

“He’s a Group 1 horse and he proved that today. Being a colt he’s obviously got a very bright future.

“Its only made possible because of the great team of staff behind me, great riders — it’s just an amazing feeling to be a part of it.”

Boss, a Doncaster winner previously on Sprint By (1996), Private Steer (2004), Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007) and Triple Honour (2008), scored his 80th career Group 1 win on Kermadec to rank ninth on the all-time list of Australia’s most successful big-race jockeys.

“I was given the opportunity to ride a beautiful colt and from the time I got on his back in the enclosure, I felt very confident,’’ Boss said. “He just came out here with a bit of a swagger about him.’’

Well done, mate: Glen Boss hugs trainer Chris Waller. Picture: Mark Evans

Well done, mate: Glen Boss hugs trainer Chris Waller. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

Boss could be talking about himself as the jockey’s confident big-race demeanour again shone through on Kermadec.

“For a colt he is very brave, I was galloping where there was no room, we were pushing through gaps.

“I thought I would just ‘point and shoot’ and he was brave enough to take the run.

Glen Boss: “He gave me a good feel from the time I got on him.” Picture: Mark Evans

Glen Boss: “He gave me a good feel from the time I got on him.” Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

“He had to really bullock his way through and in the end it was a soft victory. He’s a very, very good colt.”

Kermadec ($8) sprinted clear to win by nearly two lengths from the Japanese raider Real Impact ($13) with another Waller-trained runner, Royal Descent ($8) a half neck away third.

Waller and Boss combined to keep Australian racing’s “fifth major”, the Doncaster Mile, on home soil as once again the Japanese raiders ran well.

Real Impact followed his George Ryder Stakes win with his game second on a heavy track surface that didn’t suit him. The other Japanese runner, World Ace, also ran a competitive race to finish eighth.

James McDonald has ridden Real Impact in both his Sydney starts.

“He’s an awesome horse to ride, he’s gone super again today,’’ the jockey said.

The Japanese have performed in every Group 1 race they have competed this autumn and could be saving the best for last with Tosen Stardom (second in the Ranvet Stakes) and To The World (second in The BMW) aimed at Sydney’s richest race, the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Royal Descent followed her Doncaster Mile second placing to stablemate Sacred Falls last year with another courageous effort to run third.

“She was just so brave,’’ jockey Joao Moreira said. “We were unlucky throughout and wide all the way through but she put on a good fight with the big guys, very impressive.”

Villiers Stakes winner Rudy ran a blinder for fourth leaving apprentice rider Luke Tarrant wearing the smile of a winner.

This is how I like it: Triumphant jockey Glen Boss. Picture: Getty Images

This is how I like it: Triumphant jockey Glen Boss. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

“I thought we could win on the turn and although he was just outclassed late, he never stopped trying,’’ Tarrant said.

Gai Waterhouse’s Pornichet was backed into $7 favouritism and ran well for fifth.

“We ended up a bit further back than what we wanted, but he got a nice run through with the winner although he found them a bit sharp that last furlong,’’ jockey Kerrin McEvoy said.

Sacred Falls’s attempt at an unprecedented third Doncaster Mile failed with the topweight finishing ninth.

“When I put him under full pressure he is just not finishing his races off at the moment,’’ jockey Zac Purton said.

Front and centre: Glen Boss wins the Doncaster on Kermadec (blue/white silks). Picture: M

Front and centre: Glen Boss wins the Doncaster on Kermadec (blue/white silks). Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

WHAT THE JOCKEYS SAID

GLEN BOSS — Kermadec (1st): “He gave me a good feel from the time I got on him. He jumped really well, that was a big plus. There was hardly a run (in the straight) and we had to really bullock (through) so he was quite brave.”

JAMES MCDONALD — Real Impact (2nd): “Super. He’s an awesome horse to ride.”

JOAO MOREIRA — Royal Descent (3rd): “I was wide all the way through and she put on a good fight with the big guys, so very impressed with her run.”

LUKE TARRANT — Rudy (4th): “I thought I had them on the turn but he was outsprinted at the 100m.”

KERRIN MCEVOY — Pornichet (5th): “I got a nice run through with the winner, just found them a bit sharp that last furlong.”

CHAD SCHOFIELD — Arabian Gold (6th): “She ran pretty well. I had to wait for a gap and when she got it she found the line nicely.”

COREY BROWN Suavito (7th): “She ran well, she just never handled it (wet track) a stride. She dipped and dived the whole race and did a good job to finish where she did.”

NICK HALL — World Ace (8th): “Very good today, much improved. He needs further and maybe ride him a bit closer.”

ZAC PURTON — Sacred Falls (9th): “He came into it OK but in the straight, when he was put under pressure, he just didn’t finish off.”

TOMMY BERRY — Hallowed Crown (10th): “He just had too much work to do from where he was. Nothing took me into the race.”

PAUL KING — Leebaz (11th): “He jumped straight in the air as the gates opened instead of flattening out … he had a nice run after that, got a nice run all the way through but it cost him a few lengths early.”

DAMIEN OLIVER — Happy Trails (12th): “He went OK considering the heavy ground.”

DOM TOURNEUR — Hooked (13th): “Disappointing. Didn’t let down today and didn’t like the going.”

TIM CLARK — Cosmic Endeavour (14th): “She tried hard, she just didn’t run the mile.”

THOMAS HUET — Diamond Drille (15th): “Not a lot of excuses, behind the favourite and couldn’t pass him.”

CRAIG NEWITT — Puccini (16th): “He went OK. He got back and over-raced a little bit.” KATHY O’HARA — Plucky Belle (17th): “She just didn’t really perform today.”

CRAIG WILLIAMS — Destiny’s Kiss (18th): “I know he is a staying type of horse but I thought he was still disappointing.”

SAM CLIPPERTON — Sweynesse (19th): “I don’t know what to make of that. He had a great run, he travelled beautiful through the race and there was just nothing there.”

DWAYNE DUNN — Ninth Legion: (20th) “Just didn’t handle the track at all today.”

Originally published as Donny dynamos deliver again

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Posted April 6, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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