5 M (Dylan Thomas - Just Polite by Dehere)
Run over 3200m on March 10, 2018 at Ellerslie
Prizemoney: $482,000
Trainer: S A Sharrock
Jockey: J Parkes
Time: 03:22.2
Track Conditions: Good(3)
Race Club: ARC
Winners Details
Sale: 2014 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Sale
Vendor: Blandford Lodge
Breeder: Go Bloodstock New Zealand Ltd, Waikato, NZ
Buyer: HT O'Leary
Purchase Price: $8,000
Sales Co: NZB
Then came: Five to Midnight, The Wildflower, Alinko Prince, Zacada, Sir Charles Road, Here He Comes, Excalibur, Magic Chai, Show the World, Sampson, Diesel, Araldo Junior, Von Tunzelman, Smedley, Kaharau, Toni May
J: J Parkes
T: S A Sharrock
W: 54 kgs
S: Dylan Thomas
D: Just Polite
J: O P Bosson
T: Ms L Latta
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Domesday
D: Fastnet Lady
J: M J Mc Nab
T: G Richardson & G Parker
W: 53.5 kgs
S: Keeper
D: Zygadene
J: R J Myers
T: F J Auret
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Alamosa
D: Shinko Princess

At Ellerslie in New Zealand, European Horse of the Year and 6 time-winning shuttle stallion Dylan Thomas (Danehill-Lagrion, by Dieses) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 5YO mare Ladies First (Dylan Thomas-Just Polite, by Dehere) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Alan Sharrock in the $500,000 Auckland Cup (3200m) for 3YOs+, defeating 5YO gelding Five To Midnight & fellow 5YO mare Wildflower. "She was posted three wide around one bend and then two bends and I said she can't win," Sharrock revealed. "I'm rapt, but I did think she had got beaten on the line. I'm a bit shocked really – I thought she had run second. They all thought she was a wet-tracker, but her last three wins have been on firm tracks." Ladies First, an $8,000 bargain buy at the 2014 NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, took her record to 9 wins (including last year's Gr3 Wanganui Cup) & 3 placings from just 16 starts for $480,760 earnings. Connections are now considering having a tilt at this year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup, however first she'll head to the paddock ahead of a possible start in the Gr1 Livamol Classic.