Six-year-old mare Hot Danish claimed a remarkable first-up win in the $150, 000 Group 2 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) ahead of an impressive field of weight-for-age stars at Rosehill on Saturday proving she still has what it takes to outrun the toughest.
The Les Bridge-trained Hot Danish started as the $3 favourite and went on to beat home second elect Black Piranha ($3.80) by half a length with Mr Baritone ($31) just a half-neck back for third.
There were only eight horses contesting the 2010 Canterbury Stakes following the scratching of Anthony Cumming’s dual Group 1 winner Turffontein.
It was a promising comeback victory for Hot Danish, who had been out of the racing scene for nearly a year due to a nasty leg injury and equine influenza before a dismal spring campaign in Melbourne.
Stradbroke Handicap winner Black Piranha impressed trainer Con Karakatsanis with their second place on Saturday and will move on to the Group 1 Doncaster Mile next month.
Daughter of Nothin’ Leica Dane, Hot Danish boasts a solid career record of 12 wins from 22 starts for over $1.2million in prizemoney.
Hot Danish will contest a few more sprint events in Sydney before hopefully moving on to the Group 1 T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 10.
2010 MYER Canterbury Stakes Results
|Les Bridge||Tim Clark|
|Con Karakatsanis||Jim Cassidy|
MR BARITONE (NZ)
|Michael Moroney||Jay Ford|
|Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy|
|Chris Waller||Craig Williams|
|Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen|
TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)
|Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman|
|Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller|