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The hot run of form by Rosemont Stud’s recruit Shamus Award (Snitzel), the sire of three stakes winners already this season including Saturday’s Toorak Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) scorer Mr Quickie, continued on the middle day of the Caulfield Cup carnival with two victories yesterday.
The Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m)-winning stallion started the day with Embolism winning a three-year-old ratings race, with trainer Danny O’Brien indicating the colt would step up to a Group race next start, before it was stablemate Sovereign Award who made it seven wins from 15 starts in the MRC Ladies’ Day Vase (Gr 3, 1600m), her first at stakes level.
The Empire Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) looms large for Sovereign
Sovereign Award as O’Brien looks to capitalise on her strong form this campaign. “We’ll think about it (the Empire Rose),” O’Brien said.
“We’ll possibly go back to Moonee Valley (for the Tesio Stakes) on
Saturday week. She does love The Valley. But she’s in a rare vein of form so we certainly won’t be turning her out.”
Sovereign Award, a winner of her previous start at Moonee Valley, defeated stablemate Fabric (Ocean Park) by a long neck with the previously unbeaten Chaillot (Testa Rossa) another short-half head away in third.
O’Brien praised Jamie Kah for her connection to Sovereign Award.
“She’s really clicked with Jamie Kah. She’s had two rides on her now for two wins,” the trainer said.
“She has been a challenging mare so credit to everyone at home that they’ve persisted with her so far.
“You would have got long odds about her being a stakes winner 12 months ago but she’s won a Group 3 race here today so it’s fantastic.”
Kah said: “She’s a different horse when she doesn’t get cover.
“She got going at the 800 metres – she really wanted to win today. She was probably a little plain late but that was only because she wanted to get going a bit early.
“She’s just in form at the minute. She’s going super, she’s got a lot of talent. When she learns to drop the bridle a little bit more, I think she’ll be a really nice 2000-metre horse.”
Sovereign Award, a five-year-old mare who is from the first crop of Shamus Award who relocated from Widden Stud to Rosemont Stud in Victoria last year where he covered 149 mares, has earned $347,175 so far in her career.
She is one of two winners and the first at stakes level out of six-time winner Sovereign Charm (Show A Heart) whose third dam Sixpence (One Pound Sterling) is responsible for producing Western Australian stakes winner Potential (Southern Appeal).
Sovereign Award has an unraced three-year-old sister Seaflare in training with Will Clarken and a yearling colt, also by Shamus Award. She was not covered last year.
The Leon and Troy Corstens-trained Swats That won the Thoroughbred Club on Saturday, while Shamus Award has also had Flying Award and Shamino placed at stakes level since August 1.
Overall, the Rosemont Stud stallion is now the sire of nine individual stakes winners and he stands for a fee of $19,800 (inc GST) this season.