ALICE FILLY MAKES IT 8-FROM-8

Alice Springs-trained filly makes it eight from eight af­ter big win in Ade­laide

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - MATT WIL­LIAMS

FLY­ING Alice Springs filly Desert Lashes – aka “Lit­tle Winx” – made it eight from eight win­ning the Listed Redelva Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville in Ade­laide yes­ter­day.

Start­ing the $3.80 on­course favourite, Alice Springs-based trainer Lisa Le­foe’s un­de­feated three­year-old showed her usual cus­tom­ary dash from an out­side gate to cross to the lead af­ter 200m.

Jockey Todd Pan­nell gave her some rein as they straight­ened and the Re­ward for Ef­fort filly shot clear, blitz­ing a qual­ity field by more than two lengths.

She ran 1:03.71 for the 1100m and ran her fi­nal 613m sec­tional in a light­ning 33.62 sec­onds.

Among those who fin­ished be­hind her were $2.3 mil­lion year­ling El Divino, the highly-rated half-brother to cham­pion mare Winx, and last start Group 3 Zed­i­tave Stakes win­ner, Benz.

Iron­i­cally, Le­foe said some of her own­ers had al­ready dubbed Desert Lashes as “Lit­tle Winx” be­cause of her win­ning streak.

Yes­ter­day’s win took her prize­money earn­ings to more than $236,000 – not bad for a horse that was bought for only $2000 as a year­ling.

Last night, Le­foe was over­whelmed af­ter the dom­i­nant vic­tory in a black-type race.

“Ev­ery­thing we throw at her she just han­dles it and she’s a dream come true,” he told the Sun­day Ter­ri­to­rian.

“She keeps on sur­pris­ing us a lit­tle bit. It’s been a great ride so far.

“We only bought her for $2000 to run around the Ter- ri­tory and now we’ve won eight out of eight and are win­ning races in Ade­laide, it’s a bit hard to be­lieve.”

Le­foe said she was eye­ing off a cou­ple of races at Morphettville in a fort­night, which may in­clude a crack at the Group 2 $500,000 Eu­clase Stakes (1200m).

“What­ever race we de­cide to run in, it’ll be an­other step up but we’ll wait and see,” Le­foe said.

While in South Aus­tralia, Desert Lashes has been stay­ing at Le­foe’s brother-in­law’s prop­erty in the Ade­laide Hills.

The fly­ing filly be­gan her ca­reer with a de­but win in a $20,000 two-year-old race at Alice Springs in April last year. She won her first five races at Pioneer Park in the Red Cen­tre and her past three starts at Morphettville.

BREW­ERY threw form out the win­dow and an­nounced him­self a lead­ing con­tender for the Alice Springs Cup on May 1 with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in the $40,000 Red Cen­tre Tech­nol­ogy Part­ners Chief Min­is­ter’s Cup (1600m) at Pioneer Park yes­ter­day.

Trained by Kerry Pet­rick and with sta­ble jockey Feli­cia Bergstrand in the sad­dle, Brew­ery – at only his third start in the Ter­ri­tory – tracked the hot favourite Big Man from the out­set and it was clear as far as 500m from the fin­ish that an up­set was on the cards.

Bergstrand sent her mount for­ward to chal­lenge Big Man just be­fore the home turn and the odds-on shot was quickly dis­patched as Brew­ery went for home.

Over the fi­nal 200m, Brew­ery was clearly su­pe­rior and although Ad­juster kept on com­ing and Best Case bat­tled bravely, they were never a se­ri­ous chance to over­haul the Dar­win-trained gal­loper.

At the line, Brew­ery, eased down, had 2¼ lengths to spare from Ad­juster, with Best Case four and a-half lengths back and just ahead of Nite Rocker. Big Man weak­ened to fin­ish fifth, al­most eight lengths from the win­ner.

Formerly trained by Ger­ald Ryan at Rose­hill, Brew­ery only en­tered Pet­rick’s sta­ble in Fe­bru­ary af­ter a two-start Gold Coast cam­paign in Jan­uary. The son of Fast­net Rock had only raced at 1600m and fur­ther on three oc­ca­sions be­fore yes­ter­day, for a sec­ond and a fifth plac­ing, but the 2000m of the $110,000 Alice Springs Cup would ap­pear to hold no fears for him.

Pet­rick had rea­son to cel­e­brate fur­ther when her con­sis­tent five-year-old Bon Jet took out the race af­ter the Cup, the Cen­tral Aus­tralian Re­movals Hand­i­cap (1400m).

Aided by a beau­ti­fully judged fron­trun­ning ride by Bergstrand, Bon Jet stacked up the field down the back and kicked clear ap­proach­ing the home turn.

He was al­ways in con­trol from that point and cruised home to win by four lengths from Henry Lad, with Party Set close-up third.

As ex­pected, Su­per Bryan got back in the win­ner’s cir­cle in the First Na­tional Framp­tons Hand­i­cap (1100m), but he had to fight hard to sub­due Hook Me Up by a long neck.

With reg­u­lar rider Barry Hup­patz in the sad­dle, Will Sav­age’s tal­ented 4YO tracked the lead­ers on the in­side, got a lovely split at the top of the straight and once he bounded to the lead, looked set for an easy vic­tory.

How­ever, Hook Me Up, who had shared the lead through­out, fought back strongly and Hup­patz had to be at his vig­or­ous best to get the short-priced favourite home first.

The Lisa Le­foe-trained three-year-old filly Desert Lashes, rid­den by Todd Pan­nell, wins the $110,000 Pro­jec­tion Graph­ics Redelva Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville yes­ter­day.ster­day. Inset: Inset: Lead­ing Alice Springs trainer Lisa Le­foe Pic­tures: ATKINS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY and PI­ETER NAESSENS

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