The Japanese-bred filly Glint Of Hope handed Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young another Group 1 success down under with an eye-catching upset at Morphettville in Saturday’s Group 1 $502,250 Australasian Oaks (2000m).
Having her first Black-Type start since her mid-field seventh in the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington last November, the $100,000 bargain buy capitalised on the momentum of her lead-up autumn campaign in easier grade.
“Amazing really,” co-trainer Young told Racing.com.
“She’s obviously a Deep Impact filly so she’s worth a great deal in residual value winning a Group 1 Oaks.
“I think she was a $100,000 purchase. It’s unbelievable to win another Group 1 with a Japanese-bred (following the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes victory by Tagaloa).”
Fit fourth-up and ready for the 2000m, the now very valuable daughter of Japanese sire Deep Impact was strong late off a brilliant Daniel Moor ride to salute at double-figures in the Australasian Oaks results kicking off Group 1 racing this Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.
Moor got onto the back of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained favourite My Whisper, the Auraria Stakes winning filly well-backed to post her fifth straight win, and it proved the winning move as rival hoop Jamie Kah dragged him into the race.
“We gave Daniel Moor his first Group 1 winner and I’m so glad he’s back,” Young said.
“He rode her an absolute treat. He got onto the back of Jamie Kah aboard My Whisper and those were the only real instructions.
“She had a perfect ride.”
With the front-running Ancient Girl fading half-way down the straight, Moor got out early hitting the button at the 300m and going to the lead on Glint Of Hope.
Having run second throughout right up on the speed, the Jerome Hunter-trained Barb Raider ($13) tried her heart out chasing but couldn’t catch the eventual winner.
On the line Glint Of Hope ($13) had just a head to spare, while the beaten favourite My Whisper ($2.70F) finished a close third without excuses off a lovely run fourth the fence.
“Great team,” Moor said.
“Trent and Nat have been great supporters of mine.
“To repay them in a race that probably means a lot for the owners as well as the stable is really satisfying.
“I just wanted to follow Jamie (Kah) everywhere…I knew she was on the horse (My Whisper) that’d drag us into the race if we needed.
“We had to push the button a little earlier…but she was strong enough through the line.”