Silverstream hits form for Railway
SILVERSTREAM completed a feature event double and is on target for the $1million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) after winning the Group 3 WAROALee Steere Stakes (1400m) at Ascot yesterday.
Silverstream, who won the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) three weeks ago, started at $4.80 and charged home strongly from fourth position near the turn for champion jockey William Pike.
Silverstream, trained by Adam Durrant, appeared to have the job ahead of her when Great Shot and hot $1.50favourite Scales Of Justice shot clear and went stride for stride in the straight.
But Silverstream, a six-yearold Al Maher mare, was lifted to victory by Pike, nailing Great Shot by a head with Scales Of Justice a further neck away third.
Salubrious finished fourth, beaten a half-length after trainer Dion Luciani opted to bypass the Fairetha Stakes (1400m) and tackle older opposition in the Lee Steere.
The Lindsey Smith-trained Scales Of Justice, racing firstup since sustaining an injury in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on October 1, raced keenly outside of the leader, Great Shot, but should have gained a fitness boost ahead of his Railway Stakes defence in a fortnight.
Silverstream, who has now won eight races from 24 starts, delivered Pike and owner Bob Peters their second straight Lee Steere Stakes after Perfect Reflection won last year.
“At one stage it looked like we were well back too far,” Peters said.
“She is six now and hasn’t got long to go so we will have a try at the Railway Stakes.”
Meanwhile, Roganella emerged a top Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) prospect after shedding his maiden status with victory in the Express Interior Design Handicap (1600m).
Starting a $1.90-favourite, Roganella box-seated in third position for jockey Chris Parnham and shot clear in the straight.
The Dan Morton-trained gelding bolted in by 3¼ lengths, easily accounting for stablemate Reveille and Battle Torque, who ran second and third respectively.
Roganella posted his first victory after four placings from his previous five starts.
Silver service: Silverstream, No 8, ridden by jockey William Pike wins the Lee Steere Stakes at Ascot yesterday. Picture: Simon Merritt/Western Racepix