Bart Cummings’ impressive filly Faint Perfume secured another Group victory at Rosehill on Saturday when she came from behind to narrowly defeat her rivals in the $400,000 Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes, registered this year as the Vinery Stud Stakes.
Faint Perfume, installed as the $4.60 equal favourite with Set For Fame, ran a spirited race overtaking the near winner Valdemoro ($8.50), the rival filly having secured the lead inside the 200m, in the final moments to secure a mere half neck win.
Third placegetter Absolute Faith ($51) finished a further 5 ¼ lengths back while equal favourite Set For Fame ran a lacklustre ninth after finding the 2000m distance too testing.
Ridden by big race specialist Michael Rodd, Faint Perfume left her supporters in disarray right up until to closing stages. At the 800m mark she trailed by 15 lengths and with only 400m to go she was still in 11th spot. But her powerful and unforgettable finishing burst saw her come away with the win, close as it might have been.
Three-year-old daughter of Shamardal, Faint Perfume’s win on Saturday was her fifth victory from just ten starts and she has now earned her connections a lucrative $1,372,290 in prizemoney.
Opting to skip next Saturday’s alluring $1.3million AJC Australian Derby, Faint Perfume will be saved for the $350,000 AJC Australian Oaks on April 17 where she will again face off against her fellow three-year-old fillies.
The Tony Vasil-trained Valdemoro also ran second to Faint Perfume last spring when the two star fillies competed in the VRC Oaks at Flemington. The pair are set for another showdown when they meet in the AJC Australian Oaks in a fortnights time.
Stunning two-year-old filly Crystal Lily was the big winner at Rosehill on Saturday, taking out the meeting’s feature event, the $3.5million Group 1 Golden Slipper ahead of a mighty field of fine young runners.
Vinery Stud Stakes Results
|Bart Cummings||Michael Rodd|
|Tony Vasil||Blake Shinn|
|John McArdle||Brad Rawiller|
|John P Thompson||Dean Holland|
ONCE WERE WILD
|Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller|
|Peter G Moody||Brett Prebble|
|Guy Walter||Glen Boss|
RUN FOR NAARA
|John P Thompson||Hugh Bowman|
SET FOR FAME
|Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen|
|David Payne||Damien Oliver|
|Gary Portelli||Darren Beadman|
|Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy|
NO EVIDENCE NEEDED
|John P Thompson||Craig Williams|
|Tim Martin||Tye Angland|
LITTLE SURFER GIRL
|Chris Waller||Tim Clark|
|MY EMOTION (NZ)|