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Warning Wins Gr1 Victoria Derby

Friday, 1st November 2019

J: D Oliver
T: Anthony Freedman
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Declaration Of War
D: Livia
J: W Egan
T: Mitchell Freedman
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Puissance De Lune
D: South Street
J: D Dunn
T: K M Keys
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Shamus Award
D: God Bless Us
J: J Bowman
T: C J Waller
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Savabeel
D: Bright

  • Track: Flemington
  • Race: $2,000,000 Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m)
  • Winner: 3YO gelding Warning (Declaration Of War-Livia, by Galileo)
  • Placings: 3YO colt Southern Moon & 3YO colt Soul Patch
  • Winning Sire: Declaration Of War (War Front-Tempo West, by Rahy)
  • Stud Farm: Coolmore Stud
  • Trainer: Anthony Freedman
  • Jockey: Damien Oliver
  • Race record: 2 wins and 2 placings from 7 starts for $1,377,900 in earnings
  • Sales Info: $65,000 yearling at the 2018 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale
  • Vendor: Mill Park Stud

At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore Stud shuttler Declaration Of War (War Front-Tempo West, by Rahy) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 3YO chestnut gelding Warning (Declaration Of War-Livia, by Galileo) stormed clear of his rivals on turning to capture the $2,000,000 Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) by a decisive 3.25-lengths over 3YO colt Southern Moon with fellow 3YO colt Soul Patch a further length away. Having to work a little early after beginning better than expected, Warning settled into a rhythm off pace on a slow tempo before asserting himself in the straight and never looking seriously threatened. The victory took his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Listed Super Impose) from 7 starts for $1,377,900 in earnings. The win also took Champion jockey Damien Oliver's record in the famous race to 6 wins, a run which began with another chestnut in Redding, way back in 1992. An excited Oliver commented past race, "We were leaning towards riding him quietly but he began so well I had to change plans pretty quick." He added, "I got there [to the front] a bit soon but I didn't want to get in his way. I just wanted to let him build his momentum. [But] I knew I'd had such an economical run and I had a lot of confidence in him."

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