Arrowfield stallions opened Randwick’s Easter Carnival with three Group winners in the first four races on Saturday.
Dances On Stars (Snitzel) claimed the first leg in the G3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) for clients of trainer Gerald Ryan. Kiwi filly Full Of Spirit (Flying Spur) doubled up in the G3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) and rejuvenated sprinter Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) completed the treble in the G1 T J Smith Stakes.
Full Of Spirit (3f Flying Spur’s – Imposingly by Zabeel) took the eye in the Randwick mounting yard before the Adrian Knox Stakes. The grand looking filly has always been held in high regard by trainer Roger James and she matched that rating and her appearance in the final lead-up to the G1 ATC Oaks.
Full of Spirit bowled along in the second half of the field for jockey James McDonald until the 500m mark when she took closer order. Reaching the lead with 300m, the result was never in doubt as she powered home to score by a length from Plumm and Secret Liaison.
The Flying Spur filly was originally set for the NZ Bloodstock Insurance Stakes (1600m) at Riccarton on Saturday until James decided to cross the Tasman. “All credit to this filly,’ he said. “She only arrived on Wednesday night and she hasn’t missed a beat since she has been here.”
Full of Spirit is the latest of 85 individual stakes winners for Flying Spur and his sixth this season after Bliss Street, Gliding, Satin Shoes, Vintedge and Singapore star Flying Fulton.
James bought Full of Spirit for $275,000 from the Westbury Stud draft at the 2010 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale acting on behalf of the Chitty family’s Haunui Stud and Hilton Mackley.
Connections will pay a late entry fee of $15,400 on Monday to ensure she is among the nominations for the G1 ATC Oaks at Randwick next Saturday.