Historic BMW win for Fiveandahalfstar
Report: Australia, Saturday
Rosehill: The BMW (Group 1) 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
FIVEANDAHALFSTAR (Anthony Cummings/Hugh Bowman) has set up a mouth-watering clash against It's A Dundeel in next week's Australian Derby with an all-the-way success against older horses in the Group 1 BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.
Trainer Anthony Cummings bypassed last week's Rosehill Guineas with Fiveandahalfstar in favour of this A$2.25 million (£1.54m) event over the same distance as the Derby and formerly known as the Tancred Stakes.
With Hugh Bowman replacing Peter Robl, Fiveandahalfstar took up his customary role in front.
Last year's Victoria Derby winner was taken on from well before the turn after controlling the speed, but he showed his toughness and quality as he fended off all his challengers including New Zealand stayers Silent Achiever and Sydney Cup-bound Sangster who filled the minor placings.
Sent off 17-5 favourite, Fiveandahalfstar became the first three-year-old since Grand Zulu in 2004 to win the BMW and the first Victoria Derby winner to come back in the autumn and take out Australia's only 2400-metre weight-for-age Group 1.
He had a head to spare over Silent Achiever on the line with Sangster another length away.
It also gave Sydney's leading rider his second major of the day after Bowman scored on the Bart Cummings-trained Norzita in the Vinery Stud Stakes.
Also on Saturday
Rosehill: Queen Of The Turf (Group 1) 7½f, turf, 3yo+ f/m
The controversial defeat of glamour mare More Joyous has taken some of the gloss off the Queen of the Turf Stakes victory by bonny mare Appearance (Guy Walter/Kerrin McEvoy), who beat Red Tracer a half-length.
Despite winning the Myer Classic in the spring and the Coolmore Classic last start, Appearance has continued to remain underrated and was a 9-1 chance for Saturday's race, where More Joyous was odds-on favourite to complete a hat-trick.
Owner John Singleton's mare looked to be jogging coming to the turn but could not get a run in the straight where More Joyous was badly baulked at a crucial stage when a gap she was trying to force through closed. She came only fifth.