Unbeaten two-year-old Hinchinbrook claimed an upset victory in the $125, 000 Group 3 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday, surging into Golden Slipper contention.
Trained by Gerald Ryan, Hinchinbrook gave the highly fancied Beneteau a rude awakening when he won the 2010 Skyline Stakes in the quickest 1200m the Randwick track has seen by a two-year-old.
Hinchinbrook ($5) beat home six quality rivals including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Brightexpectations ($12) a short head back in second and roughie Pressday ($31) a further length back in third.
John O’Shea’s brilliant filly Solar Charged, winner of the Kindergarten Stakes on March 6, is the current favourite for the world’s richest two-year-olds race at $4.20.
With top Sydney hoop Hugh Bowman aboard, Hinchinbrook found space on the straight in the Skyline Stakes, accelerating through his rivals to score in a blistering 1:08.8. He became the first juvenile to run under 69 seconds in the 1200m course at Randwick.
The Paul Messara-trained Beneteau went onto the field as the clear favourite at $1.50 but failed to find the form that saw him win the Blue Diamond Prelude back on February 6. The Redoute’s Choice colt found himself caught out four wide and finished well back in sixth.
Beneteau’s odds for the Golden Slipper have now drifted to $13.
The winning Fastnet Rock colt has now scored in both of his career starts earning $135, 000 in prizemoney, with Ryan eyeing off the Group 2 Todman Slipper Trial (1200m) this Saturday at Rosehill as a final preparatory run for Hinchinbrook before he tackles the Golden Slipper.
The scheduled highlight at the meeting on Saturday was the $350, 000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) where a gallant Shoot Out claimed victory.
Another highlight of the day was De Lightning Ridge’s record breaking win in the $150, 000 Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m).
2010 Skyline Stakes Results:
|Gerald Ryan||Hugh Bowman|
|Gai Waterhouse||Brad Rawiller|
|Chris Waller||Tim Clark|
|Grahame Begg||Blake Shinn|
|Peter Snowden||Joshua Parr|
|Paul Messara||Damien Oliver|
|Rick Worthington||Rod Quinn|