Stunning Sydney Cup win for The Offer
Report: Australia, Saturday
Randwick: Sydney Cup (Group 1 hcap) 2m, turf, 3yo+
THE OFFER (Gai Waterhouse/Tommy Berry) sprinted clear inside the final furlong to win the Group 1 Sydney Cup by nearly four lengths from Royal Ascot winner Opinion with Sertorius third.
"What a stayer!" What a stayer!" exclaimed an excited Gai Waterhouse. "Look out Melbourne Cup 2014!"
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Also on Saturday
Randwick: Queen Of The Turf (Group 1) 1m, turf, 3yo+ f/m
Four-year-old filly Diamond Drille (Gai Waterhouse/Tommy Berry) gets home by a short neck from Gypsy Diamond for a 40-1 shock in this A$1m (£550,000) event, the first of four Group 1s on Day 2 of The Championships. "She is such a good mare," said Waterhouse, welcoming her first hometown Group 1 winner for more than a year.
"I think everyone underestimated her. Just look at her price!" added the trainer, who was winning the race for the seventh time. "A beautiful, beautiful mare and Tommy rode her a treat. I love the way he balanced her when the rest were going hustle and bustle up front. He just balanced her and she was so impressive."
Randwick: Australian Oaks (Group 1) 1m4f, turf, 3yo fillies
The post comes in time for New Zealand-trained Rising Romance (Donna Logan/James McDonald), who scores by a length from Zanbagh with the hot favourite Lucia Valentina a fast-finishing third, having been handed a stiff task racing at the rear.
"To be here in Sydney, Championships time, it's just the best, the ultimate," said winning trainer Donna Logan.
"He [James McDonald] did say last start he made a mistake and that was the worst big-race ride he had ridden - he promised he would make it up in the Oaks and he has."
After partnering the 5-1 winner, McDonald said: "That was payback. Bloody oath! I told everyone I rode it badly [last time at Rosehill] and I knew the filly was exceptional. The kiwis are firing this carnival."
Randwick: Royal Sovereign Stakes (Group 2) 6f, turf, 3yo
Sheikh Mohammed's Sidestep (Peter Snowden/Kerrin McEvoy) is set for a step up to Group 1 company next weekend in the All Aged Stakes after a last-gasp success from what looked an impossible position a furlong out.
"He's a bit of a lad, this horse, but he's getting better with age," said McEvoy. "Peter added the winkers. The horse is just learning the caper."