2017 Emirates Stakes: Tosen Stardom Posts Surprise Victory
A speedy gallop in the final 200 metres enabled the Japanese speedster Tosen Stardom to obtain a lead in the final 50 metres, which proved to be good enough for a dominant victory in the $2 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemingtom on Saturday.
After the scratching of the two strong contenders in the race, which included Gingernuts and Tom Melbourne, the Darren Weir trained eventual winner, would start as the joint second favourite with stablemate Cliff’s Edge, while the favourite status of the Charlie Appleby trained Folkswood would remain unchanged.
Immediately after the race started, Tosen Stardom languished around the end and middle positions and it never looked like the horse would be able to get anything big from the race. However, around the final 200 metres, jockey Damien Lane expertly guided the horse to an opening to the right and when it had only open the open field in between the finish line, the speedster hit top gear and outpaced all its competitors comfortably to emerge victorious.
Lane just couldn’t hide his excitement following the victory. “He would have been a good thing beaten if I didn’t get out,” Lane said.
“I had one run close on me and it really stopped my momentum and to switch across heels and still win was just massive.
“He was always going to be better suited back to weight-for-age and the team have done a magnificent job with him during the week to back-up off his Kennedy Mile run.
“I was just lucky to be on-board.”
Meanwhile, trainer Darren Weir opined that his winner finally managed to show his real class.
“It is great for the horse to be able to show what he has really got,” Weir said.
“We had a bit of back luck with him early, but we have had a great prep with him this time and that Group 1 is pretty special.
“That is the real Tosen Stardom.
“He has been a challenge – the key has been getting consistent races into him and you never would have been able to back him up in previous preps because of problems.
“I thought he looked great in the yard today and he really let down like the real Tosen Stardom.”
The $8 rated Patrick Webster trained Happy Clapper finished second by 1.5 lengths, while the James Cummings trained It’s Somewhat finished third.