Gem of a win in Sapphire Stakes

Arinosa has been labelled the most improved racehorse in Australia and Randwick racegoers weren’t about to argue when she won the G2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) with a leg in the air on Saturday.

The Dash For Cash mare won twice in her first 16 starts at the Victorian provincials but has kept upping the bar since arriving in Sydney as a spring four year-old.  The $175,000 Sapphire Stakes improved her record to 7 wins and 3 seconds in 10 starts with trainer Chris Waller.

“Confidence does great things for horses and she’s taking on better grades and still winning,” Waller said.  “We will probably give her a week or two in the paddock and get ready for the Tatt’s Tiara in Queensland.  That’s her chance for a Group 1.”

Arinosa (5m Dash For Cash – Amoroso by Revoque) won the Sapphire Stakes by more than four lengths from Miss Stellabelle (Dehere) and Forarainyday (Secret Savings).  She was bred and sold by Swettenham Stud for $32,500 at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling.

Dash For Cash (Secret Savings) will stand for a $7,700 (inc gst) fee at Swettenham Stud in 2013.  He is currently level-pegging with Elvstroem for third place on the Victorian sires’ premiership.

Bel Esprit heads the Victorian ranking ($5.89 million) ahead of Reset ($3.64 million).  Dash For Cash and Elvstroem are next on $2.47 million.

– Karl Patterson