Horseracing: CLASSY mare Heavens Above bounced back to her best in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.
AS THE features played out in the south on Saturday, connections of several Doomben winners outlined big-race ambitions themselves.
Runaway winner Perilous Love will have another Brisbane run in a fortnight before trainer Scott Morrisey locks in a start in the ATC Oaks next month.
“It’s a family we know well. Her dam is a half-sister to Pembleton (a nine-times winner up to Group 2 level for the Morriseys) and there’s a bit of stamina there,” Morrisey said.
Second dam Royal Aria won up to 2000m and it is the family of Group 1 Vinery winner Mirjulisa Lass and Group 2 Hollindale Stakes winner Fulmonti.
UBET trimmed Perilous Love’s Oaks price from $51 into $21.
Earlier, Rob Heathcote flagged a Toowoomba Weetwood start for Pinch River, who made it two from two this time in.
“If we can hold him together, there’s a good race in this horse,” Heathcote said.
David Vandyke and Paul Butterworth are both aiming high for promising youngsters Eminent and Capital Gain, who fought it out on the track and in the stewards’ room yesterday.
Vandyke’s Eminent kept the race after stewards deemed interference suffered by Capital Gain was partly of his own doing and therefore dismissed Matt McGillivray’s objection.
Vandyke intends taking Eminent to Sydney for the Fernhill Handicap next month and if he runs to expectations, possibly on to the Group 1 Champagne Stakes.
“He will be a better horse in blinkers, but I left them off for this race because I wanted him to see what it’s all about,” Vandyke said. “I’m really looking forward to getting him out to a trip. He’s a very lazy horse and therefore it’s been hard to get a gauge on how good he is.”
Butterworth accepted his fate in the protest, but felt Capital Gain would have won had he enjoyed clear running and got to the outside. He said Capital Gain would now go for a break and be aimed at the winter carnival, specifically the JJ Atkins.
Originally published as Perilous Love ripe for Oaks