Sacred Choice Wins 2010 Emancipation Stakes Ahead of Gai’s Gold Water

April 27th, 2010

At Randwick on Saturday, the ever-improving Sacred Choice, ridden by Michael Rodd, secured a black type victory when the four-year-old claimed an upset win in the $150,000 Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m).

Trained by Warwick Farm-based mentor Joseph Pride, Sacred Choice went out at $11 and surprised many by narrowly defeating the hot $2.50 favourite and her half-sister, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Gold Water, by a half-head in a thrilling photo-finish.

Strawberry Field ($8.50) was an even tighter margin away in third, a mere short half-head, followed by stablemate, John O’Shea’s imported galloper Music Review ($26) in fourth.

Gold Water led throughout but was beaten in the final strides by Sacred Choice, who pulled out a dazzling late burst to run down the favourite and come away with the win.

Carrying an extra 1kg than the winner, Gold Water was found wanting inside the final 30 metres after a fast paced race at the front.

Coming off a disappointing fourth place to Messenger in the Epona Stakes (1900m), a month’s rest between runs, step down in distance and wearing blinkers for the first time seemed to do the trick for Sacred Choice in the Emancipation Stakes.

The winning Choisir mare, Sacred Choice, now has seven wins to her name from 20 career starts with her total prizemoney earned reaching $306,890.

Despite the win tempting connections to keep the in-form mare racing this season in the Brisbane winter carnival, Sacred Choice will instead be sent to the paddock in preparation for a hopefully impressive spring campaign.

Classy runner-up Gold Water, now coming off three frustrating second placings, will continue on to the coveted Queensland races with Waterhouse looking at features including the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 12th , the $500,000 Group 1 Winter Stakes (1400m) on June 26, or even the $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) held earlier on for the four-year-old mare.

It was an elite race programme held at Randwick on Saturday, boasting four great Group 1 races including the $400,000 Sydney Cup (3200m) won by Jessicabeel, and the $350,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes where the Anthony Cummings-trained Road To Rock claimed victory.

Detailed results on all of the excellent Randwick races that were held on the final race meeting of the Sydney autumn carnival can also be found at Races.com.au, one of Australia’s leading Group race information sites.

2010 Emirates Emancipation Stakes Results

Place

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

1
SACRED CHOICE
Joseph Pride Michael Rodd
2
GOLD WATER
Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller
3
STRAWBERRY FIELD
John O’Shea Joshua Parr
4
MUSIC REVIEW (GB)
John O’Shea Craig Newitt
5
PAGAN PRINCESS
Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla
6
PRIMA NOVA
Anthony Cummings Hugh Bowman
7
MYSTERIOUS LIGHT
Gerald Ryan Daniel Ganderton
8
MESSENGER
Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver
9
ESTANCIA RIOS
Kevin Moses Tim Clark
10
BEAUCOUP
Gerald Ryan Craig Williams
11
NEROLI
Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy
12
HALLEYS
Bart Cummings Luke Nolen
13
BERNICIA
Guy Walter Blake Shinn
14
HAIRY
Gary Portelli Kathy O’Hara
15
READY TO LIFT
Gerald Ryan Glyn Schofield
16
GLOWLAMP
Clarry Conners Stathi Katsidis