COOLMORE DOMINATE VIC DERBY CARD
06 November 2017
With any luck, Irish-bred and trained raiders will feature prominently
in the Melbourne Cup overnight, and any success would be following hot on the
heels of a Coolmore Stud treble at the Victoria Derby meeting at Flemington on
Fastnet Rock sired a Group 1 double by himself as MERCHANT NAVY,
somewhat appropriately, won the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes with another of
his representatives, the smart filly Formality, a head and short-head away in
The stallion also came on top in the very tight finish to
the Group 1 Myer Classic for fillies and mares as SHOALS scored.
LUVALUVA got spree going courtesy of a narrow win in the
Group 2 Wakeful Stakes over ten furlongs. The daughter of Mastercraftsman (IRE)
is out of a Galileo (IRE) mare, so her staying credentials for the VRC Oaks
later this week could not be much stronger.
It is worth mentioning that the Coolmore influence extended further
as the late High Chaparral (IRE) also had a double at the same marquee meeting via ACE
HIGH in the VRC Derby and the hardy CISMONTAINE who gained a slot in the
Melbourne Cup for winning the Group 3 Lexus Stakes.