Rosehill races: Subpoenaed wins Golden Pendant, surges into frame for Golden Eagle

Chris Waller might have found a Golden Eagle contender but he is still searching for a sprinter to fill his Everest slot.

This was the tale of the Group 2 $400,000 Golden Pendant (1400m) as Subpoenaed scored brilliantly while stablemate Haut Brion Her faded out of the placings.

Star jockey Tommy Berry completed the Golden Rose-Golden Pendant double with Subpoenaed’s win coming 40 minutes after his success on Ole Kirk in the Group 1 classic.

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Waller said Subpoenaed will be given her chance to earn a start in the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1400m) while plans to set Haut Brion Her for the $15 million The TAB Everest (1200m) are now up in the air.

“We will look at going to the Silver Eagle (October 10) next with Subpoenaed,’’ Waller said.

He does it again! @TommyBerry21 guides Subpoenaed to a win in the Golden Pendant for a cracking day at the office. pic.twitter.com/Uegssm6DOM

“I think around 1400m is her right trip. There was good speed on and the barrier draw helped us be a little bit closer.

“The man of the moment Tommy Berry, he was nice and patient. He pushed the button at the right time those leaders just compounded over the concluding stages and she was dominant at the end.”

Haut Brion Her, the $2.25 favourite, had led the field into the straight but she tired in the final 100m and finished seventh.

Waller said Haut Brion Her was under a lot of pressure early to cross the field and lead from her wide barrier.

“It’s very hard to be doing it like that,’’ Waller said. “She did get a breather mid-race but the petrol was burning. We’ll freshen her up and find a race for her in three weeks time maybe back at 1200m. With a bit of luck she can bounce back.”

Subpoenaed surged into Golden Eagle calculations after her win in the Golden Pendant. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

This means Haut Brion Her is likely to be racing on Everest Day, October 17, but whether it is in Waller’s slot for The Everest or the Group 3 $500,000 Sydney Stakes (1200m) instead is still to be determined.

Subpoenaed ($5) appreciated the solid tempo and unleashed a powerful surge wide out to overwhelm her rivals and win the Golden Rose by 1¼ lengths from Emeralds ($15) with Jen Rules ($21) a long head away third.

Waller prepared his first Golden Pendant winner with Subpoenaed while Berry went back-to-back after scoring on Mizzy last year.

Berry said Subpoenaed’s racing pattern which means she gives away starts in her races also promotes unnecessary criticism of the mare.

“I really think people are pretty hard on her for her racing style,’’ Berry said.

“She actually hasn’t got the early speed to put herself on the speed so when you draw 16 you’ve got to be midfield wide or go back.

“It’s not really her racing style because every time she’s drawn well we’ve been able to have her midfield like she was today. We were able to put her in the right spot.’’

Tommy Berry landed the feature race double at Rosehill Gardens with Ole Kirk (Golden Rose) and Subpoenaed (Golden Pendant). Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Berry’s confidence soared coming to the turn when Subpoenaed got a trail behind Seasons.

“It got the best cart into the race I could have possibly asked for and she was very strong late,’’ he said. “She feels so smooth. It’s funny, when you’re riding her she feels like you’re riding a wave, it’s lovely. Then she stretched out well and when I was able to pull the stick through to the right she quickened up so nice.’’

Subpoenaed’s odds for the Golden Eagle, run at Rosehill on October 31, firmed from $26 to $17. Alligator Blood remains favourite at $6.

The John Sargent-trained Emeralds ran on well for second, pleasing her rider, Jason Collett.

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“She has run a great race,’’ Collett said. “We were positioned nicely but got left a bit flat footed when they quickened but she was strong through the line.”

Jen Rules followed her first-up second in the Sheraco Stakes with another game effort to claim the minor prize in the Golden Pendant.

“A terrific run,’’ jockey Sam Clipperton said of Jen Rules. “She was just a little slow away, settled a little bit further back than I wanted but she ripped home well.’’

Superman soars to new heights

I Am Superman is starting to live up to his name.

The former Irish sprinter-miler continued his emergence for Team Snowden with a dominant win in the Group 2 $200,000 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.

But co-trainers Peter and Paul Snowden hinted I Am Superman will miss the Epsom Handicap in preference for the Toorak Handicap.

“We have always had the Toorak in mind for this horse,’’ Peter Snowden said. “I think we will stick to that plan.’’

It was a super run from I Am Superman to get a good win in the Shannon Stakes @SnowdenRacing1 with a peach of a ride from @KPMcEvoy pic.twitter.com/ixh8PNy6LQ

Snowden described I Am Superman as a “fringe player’’ and felt this week’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick might be too strong for him.

“The Group 1 handicaps are the races we are trying to target with him,’’ he said. “We were devastated when we didn’t get a run in the Rupert Clarke last weekend, that was a race we thought he would be very effective in.

“This horse is still a bull (entire) and it’s important to get that Group 1 on his resume.

“We really wanted to win today to make sure we got into the Toorak (Caulfield, October 10) as we feel the Epsom is probably too strong on paper.’’

Dalmacia (1982) remains the only horse to win the Shannon Stakes-Epsom Handicap double and it looks like his achievement will go unmatched for at least another 12 months.

I Am Superman is likely to head to Melbourne for the Toorak Handicap. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

However, I Am Superman has only 50kg in the Epsom and his Shannon Stakes win means he is exempt from any ballot and a weight penalty.

TAB Fixed Odds price assessors are taking no chances and tightened I Am Superman’s Epsom odds from $26 to $17 while he firmed from $15 to $9 for the Toorak in which he has 54.5kg.

I Am Superman ($4.60 favourite) sat on the speed before dashing clear to score a comfortable 1¼-length win from Riodini ($4.80) with Looks Like Elvis ($4.80) a close third.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy said the Snowdens have made I Am Superman “into an Australian horse now”.

“I must say he’s developed into a lovely big horse, he’s strengthened up,’’ McEvoy said. “If he goes for the Toorak, that would be a lovely race for him.’’

Originally published asSubpoenaed flies into frame for Golden Eagle

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