QUALITY mare Meteoroid showed she was on track to contest rich Ascot carnival events after scoring an exciting win in the $100,000 Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) at Belmont yesterday.
One of two runners in the race for trainer Simon Miller, Meteoroid, ridden by Joe Azzopardi and starting at $5.50, charged home from fifth at the turn and scored by a nose from Silverstream ($4.30).
Meteroid’s stablemate Whispering Brook ($7.50) and the Darren McAuliffe-trained Rebel King ($13.60) dead-heated for third, beaten a long-neck. Favourite Great Shot ($3.70) ran fourth after leading.
Whispering Brook, Perth’s best juvenile in 2016, made amends and appears to have her campaign back on track after beating one runner home when resuming three weeks ago.
Silverstream, racing first-up for new trainer Adam Durrant, ran a slashing second after travelling from last position and is sure to be improved as she steps up in distance.
Man Booker ($5.80) loomed up at the turn, but faded to finish last. A post-race inspection revealed the gelding to be slightly lame in the off fore.
Meteoroid claimed the second leg of a feature double after she won the Belmont Newmarket (1200m) in August.
The daughter of Northern Meteor gave Miller his second Birthday Stakes success in five years after he prepared Platinum Rocker (2013).
Miller said Meteoroid, purchased for $90,000 at the 2013 Inglis yearling sale, would progress to the Group 3 Northerly Stakes at Ascot on October 21.
“Possibly because she is so sound now she is looking for further,” Miller said. “So we will go to a 1400 to see if she can race a bit more.”