Silverstream On Track For Railway

11
Nov

Silverstream completed a feature event double and is on target for the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) after winning the Group 3 WAROA-Lee 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 $1.50 favourite Scales Of Justice shot clear and went stride for stride in the straight.

But Silverstream, a six-year-old 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 ran out of his skin to finish fourth, beaten a half-length after trainer Dion Luciani opted to bypass the Fairetha Stakes (1400m) and tackle older opposition in the Lee Steere Stakes instead.

The Lindsey Smith-trained Scales Of Justice, racing first-up 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,” said Peters.

“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 a runaway win 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 to put the race beyond doubt.

The Dan Morton-trained gelding bolted in by 3 ¼ lengths, easily accounting for stable mate Reveille and Battle Torque, who ran second and third respectively.

Appreciating the addition of blinkers, Roganella posted his first victory after a frustrating run of four placings from his previous five starts.

“It was pretty impressive, but he has always shown that ability,” said Parnham.

“He just hasn’t been able to bring it on race day, but with the blinkers he was too strong.

“He powered to the line and was a winner a long way from home that’s for sure.

“The Guineas has always been his aim and this is a good stepping stone.”

Julio Santarelli