Tosen Stardom shows his class with Stakes win on final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival
Darren Weir admits he was concerned Australian racing might never bring out the obvious potential in Tosen Stardom.
But the Japanese import showed his true colours with a explosive late surge to claim victory in the Group One Stakes (2,000 metres) at Flemington on Saturday.
“I was worried we wouldn’t see the best of him but we have today. That was the real Tosen Stardom,” Weir said.
Ridden by Damian Lane, Tosen Stardom scored by 1-1/2 lengths from Happy Clappy with It’s Somewhat a short-neck away third.
The race was delayed as Rosehill Guineas winner Gingernuts needed veterinary attention after completing his parade before the start of the 2,000m race.
Jockey Michael Dee said Gingernuts was cantering down to the barriers when he felt something go amiss with the gelding.
“I definitely felt it happen so straight away I pulled him up and got off as quickly as I could,” Dee said.
“It’s very unfortunate for the connections and not very nice to happen to the horse.”
Gingernuts was taken to the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic in Werribee for further assessment.
Vengeur Masque wins Queen Elizabeth Stakes
Imported stayer Vengeur Masque has gained some consolation from missing out on a Melbourne Cup start with a tough victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Vengeur Masque led and rallied strongly in the straight in Saturday’s 2,600m Group Three race to win by three-quarters of a length over Grey Lion, with Wheal Leisure another half-length away third.
Trainer Mike Moroney was desperate to get Vengeur Masque into last Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup but the stayer was left stranded outside the top 24 at acceptance time for the second year.
Vengeur Masque won the Geelong Cup last month and finished a close second last Saturday in the Lexus Stakes when trying to earn a Cup ballot exemption.
Moroney was disappointed Vengeur Masque did not initially get enough weight to make this year’s Cup field, believing the gelding had done enough, and has now set his sights on next year.
“The disappointment for us is that we didn’t make the Melbourne Cup,” Moroney said.
“I really felt it was the first of probably the next two years that he was going to be a Melbourne Cup chance. I really felt he would have really run well but we just missed out.”
By being a Melbourne Cup acceptor who was balloted out, Vengeur Masque earned a $100,000 bonus for his connections on top of the $180,000 first prize.