Oliver sets agenda as Secret lands Robert Sangster Stakes
Report: Australia, Saturday
Morphettville: Ubet Classic (Group 1) 6f | 2yo+ fillies & mares
Melbourne mare Secret Agenda overcame a wide draw to win Adelaide's first $1 million race at Morphettville.
Saturday's Group 1 Ubet Classic, registered as the Robert Sangster Stakes, had a prize-money injection this year, which attracted a top-class field of fillies and mares from around Australia.
Secret Agenda, ridden by Damien Oliver, showed blistering early speed to come across from stall 16 in the 20-horse line-up to lead.
Ridden perfectly in front by Oliver, Secret Agenda (14-1) kicked clear soon after turning from home and held off fast-finishing local mare Viddora by a length and three-quarters, with another Victorian-trained filly I Am A Star close up in third place.
The victory by Secret Agenda was her first at Group 1 level and came on top of her win during The Championships, when she won the Sapphire Stakes at Randwick.
It was Oliver's second win in this Group 1 after success on Alinghi in 2005, while trainer Mick Price had previously tasted success in the race with Bel Mer in 2009.
Morphettville: Schweppes Oaks (Group 1) 1m2f | 3yo fillies
The favourites fought out the Group 1 Australasian Oaks, with the Chris Waller-trained Egg Tart finishing strongly to beat Kenedna in a thrilling contest at Morphettville.
John Allen took a rails run on the Darren Weir-trained favourite Kenedna in the straight and hit the front inside the final furlong, but Kerrin McEvoy was able to weave through on Egg Tart (2-1) .
Ana Royale ran home strongly out wide to finish another half a length away in third .
Egg Tart's victory in Saturday's $500,000 race gave Sydney's premier trainer his first Adelaide Group 1 win and his eighth this season, while it was Melbourne Cup-winning jockey McEvoy's seventh elite-level win in 2016-17.
Egg Tart remains unbeaten this campaign from four starts after wins at Newcastle, Warwick Farm and Flemington.