Made of Stars scored an amazing win for Bullarook Park stallion Azevedo in Launceston on Wednesday evening.
Jockey Anthony Darmanin described the victory in the Leigh Flaherty City Cars Maiden (1400m) as a phenomenal performance. The gelding was travelling nicely before he was severely hampered when Marresi dropped back sharply on the home turn.
“My horse was virtually stopped in his tracks – I thought he had no hope of winning,” Darmanin declared. “But when I got him to the outside, he absolutely flew home and got up in the last stride.
“It was a truly amazing win. I don’t know how he won because he got absolutely pole-axed. I can’t remember a bigger run to win here at Mowbray.”
Made of Stars (4g Azevedo – Arabian Dolphin by Dolphin Street) failed to fire before owner Rhonda Hall transferred him to trainer Mark Ganderton in June. He was placed twice in three starts at Devonport before the breakthrough this week.
“I’m thrilled with that,” Ganderton said. “He copped so much trouble but that’s what he’s capable of when he does his best.”
Made of Stars is one of three winners for Arabian Dolphin who is an unraced half-sister to Adelaide stakes winner Devil In Disguise.
Azevedo (Helissio) was Group 1 placed in the VRC Lightning Stakes at Flemington before his career was interrupted by a severe colic attack. He was also beaten a nose by Super Elegant in the G3 Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield.
Bullarook Park owner Malcolm Boyd stands Azevedo for a $2,200 (inc gst) service fee. He is standing his first season at the Avenel stud alongside Lucas Cranach (Ger) and Strategic Maneuver (Royal Academy).