Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse was host to the illustrious Australian Derby Day over the weekend, with nine fantastic races taking place, one of which was the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m).
The race jumped at 5pm on Saturday, and saw the Peter Moody-trained Speedy Natalie dominate, defeating runner up and favourite Status Quo by a huge three lengths.
It was a turnaround performance from the filly’s last appearance in Adelaide at the Australasian Oaks where she bucked just after the start of the race.
Speedy Natalie now seems a strong contender for the $500,000 Group 1 AJC Australia Oaks (2400m) this Saturday.
Spinnawitch finished in third a further half-length behind the top two, and after the impressive performance will now be rested.
The race jumped at 5pm on Saturday, and saw the Peter Moody-trained Speedy Natalie dominate.
Absolute Joy, trained by Lee Freedman was another contender going into the 2010 Adrian Knox Stakes – also known as the Asian Racing Federation Trophy, but finished in a disappointing ninth.
2010 Adrian Knox Stakes Final Field
|Peter G Moody||L Nolen|
|Peter Snowden||K McEvoy|
|Denise McGrath||G Schofield|
|Guy Walter||J Parr|
|Guy Walter||T Clark|
|Bart Cummings||M Rodd|
|Guy Walter||B Shinn|
|Grahame Begg||B Avdulla|
Absolute Joy (NZ)
|Lee Freedman||G Boss|
Free To Roam
|John P Thompson||S Katsidis|
|Marc Conners||M J Zahra|
|Garry White||D Oliver|
|Clarry Conners||T Berry|
|Brian Young||J Lee|