Black Vanquish breaks drought for Tommy Hughes   Leave a comment

Black Vanquish breaks drought for Tommy Hughes

Patrick Moloney returns on Black Vanquish after winning the opener at Flemington.

Patrick Moloney returns on Black Vanquish after winning the opener at Flemington. Source: Getty Images

TOMMY Hughes broke a long drought on his home track at Flemington when Black Vanquish saluted in the Starlight Children’s Foundation Trophy (1200m).

Hughes said he believed his last winner on his home turf was Miss Octopussy, who won on March 3, 2012. Like Miss Octopussy, Black Vanquish is by Lonhro — a striking dark two-year-old colt who ran up to his looks on Saturday.

The well-bred colt (his dam is Blue Diamond prelude winner Ponton Flyer) went out the $3.40 favourite and led throughout to win by two lengths from My Poppette ($6.50) with the same margin back to Zarabeel ($31).

Hughes said he immediately spelled the colt after a disappointing debut in the Diamond Prelude and after work on a water-walker he returned “in fabulous condition”. He is likely to tackle a $150,000 feature at Caulfield in a fortnight.

OLIVER EYES OAKS

LUKE Oliver is looking at the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide on April 25 with Kansas Sunflower, winner of the Denis Walter Afternoons Trophy (1600m).

The filly ($5) pipped Sea Spray ($3.90) by a long head to deprive Patrick Moloney of a running double.

“This usually is a fair guide to running in the Oaks,” Oliver said. “Darren Weir won it last year with May’s Dream, who went on to win the Oaks. She will run in a Group 3 in a fortnight and then go to the Oaks, and I’d be surprised if she didn’t handle the 2000m.”

Kansas Sunflower charges down outside to win at Flemington.

Kansas Sunflower charges down outside to win at Flemington. Source: Getty Images

DWYER KEEPS RISING

HENRY Dwyer continues to chip away at building a reputation as a trainer. At Flemington on Saturday, he made it 16 wins from 69 runners this season when Bel Show saluted at $42 in the Union Road Community Hub Trophy (1200m).

The win followed success with Holy Fire at Cranbourne on Friday night. Dwyer, who won the Group 1 Queensland Derby within months of taking out a trainers’ licence last year, plans to take the three-year-old to Adelaide for a Group 2 sprint later this month.

ACTUARIAT BOOKS TICKET TO ADELAIDE

GREG Eurell will target the Listed Adelaide Guineas with lightly-raced Actuariat, winner of the Tom Elliott Drive Trophy (1400m).

Eurell said the son of Doomsday, who took his record to three wins and a second from five starts, had the breeding, strength and the necessary sustained burst of speed to take on the better three-year-old races.

“We may even then go on to the SA Derby,” he said after Actuariat ($6.50) ran home from eighth at the 400m to defeat Vuelta ($16) by a half-head with Setinum ($9) a nose away third.

In a blanket finish, the $4.60 favourite Malaguerra was only a short-neck away in fourth.

Originally published as Black Vanquish breaks drought for Hughes

Advertisements

Posted April 12, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: