First up was Poster Boy ( Somebeachsomewhere - Aston Villa USA ) who was victorious in the 2 year old Colts and Geldings Final. Trained by Emma Stewart and driven by Chris Alford " Chevy " was forced to make 3 runs in the race but proved too strong to claim victory by 5.2 metres in 1.57 for the 2200 metres. It was his 5th win in a row and a clean sweep of the Vicbred Series winning his heat, semi and final. This classy colt is a half brother to Yankee Rockstar, Yankee Showgirl and Born To Rocknroll.
Aston Villa is in foal to Bettors Delight and will return to Somebeachsomewhere this season.
Without You ( Courage Under Fire - Rocknroll Ruby NZ ) led all the way in the 4 Year Old Mares Final.
Prepared to the minute by Amanda Turnbull and driven a treat in front by Nathan Jack " Casey " scored by a head in 1.56.6. Always going to have a place in the Lauriston Broodmare band on breeding alone ," Casey can now rightly claim Group 1 status. Her dam Rocknroll Ruby died of snake bite when "Casey" was 6 months oid. "Ruby was by Rocknroll Hanover out of Kates First: winner of $624,023 including the Group1 Auckland Cup and a half sister to Christian Cullen.
Both Poster Boy and Without You will now contest the heats of the Australasian Breeders Crown .