After an emphatic Irwin Stakes win Kemalpasa set for Group 1 Goodwood

Outstanding sprinter Kemalpasa looks on track for a crack at the Group 1 Goodwood in May after a dominant victory in the Group 3 Irwin Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.

Resuming after a plucky third in the Oakleigh Plate in February and a strong trial, the Richard and Chantelle Jolly trained five-year-old toyed with his rivals to beat Humma Humma ($9) and the Jolly-trained Dexelation at the big odds of $51.

Ridden a great race by Jake Toeroek, Kemalpasa ($3.10F) led on settling and gave nothing else a chance, Toeroek flicking the switch into the straight.

Kemalpasa has chalked up 12 wins and 11 placings from 32 starts. Richard Jolly said he was thrilled with the way his star was going.

“He’s a super horse for us and ran right up to his trial,’’ Jolly said.

“We will let the dust settle but the gut feel is he will go straight to the Goodwood.

“The weight scale of the (Group 3) McKay in two weeks probably won’t suit him so we will keep him for the Goodwood.

“We will probably gallop him on a race day or barrier trial him to keep him ticking over.

“He has nearly won a $1m for us and that would be our first horse to break that barrier. We bought him as a yearling.

“Jake (Toeroek) knows the horse so well and did a great job. He has been riding him since he was a baby.’’

Punters were left having a good look at the form guide when the Trent Busuttin/Natalie Young trained Tyche Goddess ($41) stormed to victory in the Group 3 Auraria Stakes.

The win also proved a feel good story for apprentice Thomas Stockdale who chalked up his first Group victory, keeping cool in the big field when the challengers came thick and fast.

Stockdale said he thought the filly was a strong chance coming into the race, despite the big odds.

“I wasn’t too worried about barrier one, I knew we would be prominent in running,’’ Stockdale said.

“From the six (1200m) to the turn we had a lovely run.

‘’This is my first major winner. I have had a lot of support from the Busuttins and great support from my family. Coming back from Sydney to Melbourne I had to re-establish my support and connections with people which is always hard to do.’’

Showing consistent form in the lead up to the win the daughter of Teofilo/Cornelia Marie had recorded a win and four placings from eight starts.

Ecumenical and Sirileo Miss were terrific in the placings, while hot favourite Steinem was enormous after coming from last after jumping from the outside barrier in the field of 16.

Consistent lead-up form and the polish of trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and Melbourne Cup winning jockey Jye McNeil played a big part in Muntaseera’s ($3.80F) victory in the Listed Redelva Stakes for three-year-olds.

Sitting off the early pace McNeil timed his run perfectly to grab a break on the opposition to win well. Smokin’ Val ($26) showed tremendous upside with a gutsy run for second, out of the placings just once from seven runs.

Litchfield County was solid in third place while rising star Instant Celebrity, resuming after a break of six months, battled on for fourth after finding traffic nearing the turn. McNeil finished the day with a treble when Deep Dive won the last race and Generation the opening event.

Canford continued the strong run of Ryan Balfour trained horses, especially in local staying races. Beaten narrowly last week by stablemate Dreamed, Canford had its turn in the sun to run down stablemate and roughie Lostarc to win a Benchmark 78 over 2500m.

Balfour brought up a double when the ultra-consistent Echo Boomer defied a wide draw to win a 1600m Benchmark 60 in style. Drawn the outside barrier (13) jockey Todd Pannell found a nice sit off the leaders to record its third win from 22 starts, including 14 placings.

Originally published asKemalpasa earns another crack at Group 1 glory

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