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Maid Of Heaven Wins Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes

Friday, 5th October 2018

J: Rachel King
T: Mark Newnham
W: 54.5 kgs
S: Smart Missile
D: St. Therese
J: T Angland
T: James Cummings
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Poet's Voice
D: Peruvian
J: Tim Clark
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 56.5 kgs
S: High Chaparral
D: Nothin' Leica Cat
J: J B Mc Donald
T: David Payne
W: 56.5 kgs
S: All Too Hard
D: Gayika

At a windy Royal Randwick, former Arrowfield Stud and now Twin Hills Stud Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock-Comical Smile, by Comic Strip) celebrated his first Gr1 triumph when beautifully-bred 3YO filly Maid Of Heaven (Smart Missile-St. Therese, by Dehere) came with a powerful finish to win the $500,000 Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) for 3YOs, also giving both trainer Mitch Newnham and jockey Rachel King their respective maiden Gr1 successes. The colts Aramayo, beaten 0.2-lengths, and Thinkin’ Big were game in defeat but had no answer for the filly carrying Arrowfield’s famous silks. A $60,000 Arrowfield Stud yearling at the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale’s Gold Riband Session, Maid Of Heaven is out of stakes-winning mare St. Therese whose multiple Group performances included a brace at Gr1 level. A half-sister to 5-time Gr1 winner Planet Ruler, St Therese has also left Redoute’s Choice Gr3 winner Mirrasalo. Only the second filly to win the Sydney 3YO Spring feature, Maid Of Heaven took her record to 2 wins from 5 starts for $337,340 earnings. “She’s a lovely filly with a great pedigree and we’re thrilled to bits,’’ Arrowfield’s Jon Freyer enthused. “We were really confident she’d run a big race today because she just didn’t have any luck in her previous two races (Gr1 Flight Stakes & Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes), she just didn’t get any clear air.” Freyer revealed, “We thought backing her up would suit her and 2000m would suit her, and they both did.”

Maid Of Heaven

Maid Of Heaven storms home (pic: Steve Hart)
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