2017 Kennedy Oaks Results: Pinot Brings Glory for Waterhouse
It was a day to remember for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable as their representative Pinot produced a superb performance to claim victory in the $1 million Group I Kennedy Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on Thursday. It also was the first Kennedy Oaks for Gai Waterhouse.
Starting as the second favourite, Pinot settled well in the front positions within the first 500 metres. From there on the filly stayed in the leading positions throughout the course of the race, led by jockey Stephen Baster.
After the win, Bastier had only words of admiration for his winning racer. “Absolutely unbelievable”, he said following the victory. “She went up in the air from the gates and lost two lengths, but she switched off and relaxed, so I went to plan-B and went round them. It went against everything I’ve been taught as a jockey, but we got an easy half mile and when they came, I knew we still had some gears left. She’s just a dead set star.”
Trainer Waterhouse shared similar views about her winner. “She’s good, she’s really good and she kicked their brains in today,” Waterhouse said. “Just liked the way Steve just too his time… the further she went the bigger the margin wasn’t it? It is special…she came to Melbourne a maiden with no accolades or anything….she’s just not looked back since.” she added. “She’s just a gem she’s everything a trainer or owner could hope for. She’s now a Group 1 mare with a magnificent pedigree: Very proud of this filly.”
The Tony McEvoy-trained Bring Me Roses ($31) finished second by 1-1/4 lengths, while the Mick Price trained Hiyaam ($21) in third. The $1.80 favourite Aloisia could only manage a disappointing sixth.