Victorians dominate Durbridge Stakes

Contract Racing sprinter Flamberge has spearheaded a Victorian-bred trifecta in the LR Durbridge Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.

Flamberge is a homebred for David and Jenny Moodie and returned to Adelaide for the first time since his G1 Goodwood victory in May.  The son of Exceed And Excel started a $1.25 favourite in Saturday’s weight-for-age contest and scored by a half-length from front-runner Swinging Arms (Planchet) and Mandla (Bel Esprit).

In two starts at Moonee Valley since resuming from a winter spell, he had been runner-up to Chautauqua in the G2 McEwen Stakes and was a close-up sixth in the G1 Moir Stakes.

“He closed really well in a hot race behind Buffering last time,” jockey Vlad Duric said.  “I expected him to be racing out of trouble in the first two or three today.  He’s a very good gate horse and you can just let him flow.”

Flamberge is from multiple stakes winner Razor Blade (Blazing Sword).  The Contract Racing mare has previously foaled Flemington stakes winners Curtana (Exceed And Excel) and Sunburnt Land (Scenic).

Her four year-old Durendal (Medaglia D’Oro) saluted second time out this season at Pakenham on Friday.  He had won a Moe maiden this time last year and then doubled up at Caulfield in May before earning black-type on a hit-and-run visit to Doomben.

The Durbridge result ended an afternoon of mixed emotions for the Moodies.  Their top colt Kinglike is also by Exceed And Excel and he was beaten for the first time earlier in the day in the G2 Caulfield Sprint.

Kinglike had won the G2 Danehill Stakes in September and Coolmore Stud announced it had purchased a share in the colt last week.