Trainer Paul Jordan didn’t think she could win and punters virtually ignored her, but outsider Party Night proved the doubters wrong with an upset win in the Penang Turf Club Trophy (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.
One of three runners in the race for Jordan, Party Night rebounded to post her first career win after finishing a distant last behind Valour Road in last Saturday week’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra.
Alcina, a smart winner on debut two weeks ago, jumped quickly from her outside barrier and took up the running for jockey, Lisa Staples, with stable mate Party Night camped behind and poised to pounce.
Alcina and Party Night kicked clear of their rivals turning for home and went stride for stride in the straight, but it was the latter, who started at $34, that gained the upper hand over the final stages.
Party Night, a Galah filly who cost her owners $21,000 at last year’s Perth Magic Millions yearling sale, defeated Alcina by a long head with One Point Lady and Zip Zam Zoom running third and fourth respectively.
Jockey Ryan Hill rode Party Night to victory, but deflected all praise to Jordan and his mount.
He said Jordan’s decision to race Party Night in blinkers proved a masterstroke.
“That’s why he (Jordan) is the best at training juveniles,” Hill said.
“He put the blinkers on and away we go.
“That’s why he gets the juveniles up and running.”
“She was knackered past the line, but dug deep and put her nose out in front when it mattered.”