Me­te­oroid shower

The Sunday Times - - SPORT - JULIO SANTARELLI

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.”

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