Group 1 double for EPI and Moody

Eliza Park International and trainer Peter Moody combined for more Group 1 success with Pasadena Girl and The Alfonso on Saturday.

Pasadena Girl won the ATC Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick and two hours later The Alfonso scored a dominant five-length victory in the Macau Derby (1800m).

They’re the latest Group 1 winners for Eliza Park and Moody following Bel Esprit heroine Black Caviar.

Pasadena Girl (Savabeel) powered home for a half-length victory in the final-leg of the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown at The Championships.  She sold for $25,000 through the Eliza Park draft at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and has now earned over $458,000.

“She’s only a pony and I expected her to be going to the races this time next year,” trainer Peter Moody said.  “After each start, we thought she would be going to the paddock but she has presented bigger and stronger every time.  She’s a little gem.”

Pasadena Girl had won the LR Talindert Stakes on debut and G3 TBV Stakes at Flemington before travelling to Sydney.  She’s the first foal from Redoute’s Choice mare Nina From Pasadena who was bred by Emily Krstina owner Tony Santic.

“I will send her to winter in Queensland,” Moody said.  “She is a Flight Stakes & Thousand Guineas filly for the spring and I would like to think she could go on to the Victoria Oaks.”

The Alfonso (Magnus) had a rushed preparation for the Macau Derby after arriving from Australia in February.  After an unplaced run first-up in the Macau Guineas, he was always travelling like a winner for Nash Rawiller on Saturday.  The Aussie hoop had time to salute before the post and was fined HKD1,000 (AUD 165) for a celebratory gesture.

The Alfonso was bred by Moody and had won at Warwick Farm earlier this season.  He’s an older half-brother to recent Ascot debut winner Jevilla (Reward For Effort).

Magnus was also trained by Moody and is a half-brother to the dam of Black Caviar.  He stood for a $16,500 service fee at Eliza Park International last year.

The Alfonso Macau Derby resize

THE ALFONSO