Keagan de Melo took full advantage of a 9.5kg swing in the weights with hot favourite Fiorella to get Royal Frost home in the Pinnacle Stakes at Greyville yesterday. Although beaten, Fiorella warmed-up nicely for a crack at the Gr2 Ipi Tombe Stakes on G-Bets Summer Cup day next month.
De Melo was content to sit back in the early exchanges but made his moved wide on the home turn as he realised that Fiorella was trapped behind runners on the inside rail and took full advantage of the situation.
Royal Frost got first run and although Fiorella, on the back foot at the top of the straight, got going late the bird had flown and Royal Frost coasted home with the balance of the field well beaten.
The contrast between racing at Happy Valley and Greyville yesterday was marked. Theres no holding back in Hong Kong as they go hammer-and-tongs from the jump and generally the fittest horse wins. In contrast, the Greyville crawl was order of the day and some of the results were a lottery.
Odds-on favourite Mela Stregata was a victim and Jet Stream was good enough to overcome the hurdle.
After visiting second box for the 24th time this season with Rocket Fire in the card opener and odds-on favourite Mela Stregata finishing in the scrum, Jet Stream put a wry smile back on Duncans face.
Jet Stream was not facing the strongest of maiden fields but did it in style as he put one over the lightly raced All Aboard with the balance of the field strung out like the washing.
With stable companion El Cordorbes setting a pedestrian pace, Mark Khan raced in Marriott Road for much of the race with none too keen to let him in. But the favourite had too much class. In spite of racing green, he still had a full tank in the run home and All Aboard chased in vain.
Good luck to stable stalwart Dave MacLean.
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