Supreme Royalty, the best-performed runner in the DBC Tender Ridge State Sires final for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night, lived up to her reputation when she finished with a powerful burst to win the $100,000 classic.
It was a training triumph for 61-year-old Sam Torre, the oldest reinsman in the event who had Supreme Royalty travelling smoothly one-out and two-back for most of the 1730m journey before he brought her home with a well-timed run to win by a neck from the fast-finishing outsider Lady Gabbana.
Iminthemoney, driven by Mark Reed, was a fighting third after racing outside the pacemaker Wondastrike for much of the way.
Supreme Royalty and Iminthemoney are both owned by their breeder Ross Torre and are by American-bred and WA-based sire Parsons Den.
Ross Torre paid tribute to his uncle Sam for producing Supreme Royalty in such fine fettle for the rich event. “It’s been a family effort,” he said, praising Torre’s wife Louisa and their daughter Anita for their untiring work at the family’s Herne Hill stables.
Supreme Royalty began racing in the first week of last November and she was successful at her third start, beating Lady Gabbana in a race at Bunbury on November 24 before she won the Debutante Stakes on the same track a week later.
She went into Friday night’s event with a superior record to that of all her nine rivals. She had won at three of her 11 starts, earning $25,008. Her win on Friday night boosted her earning buy another $50,000.
Despite her good record and her ideal barrier at No. 2, Supreme Royalty was overlooked by most punters and started at 10/1. She paid $15.60 for a win on the tote.
Wondastrike, second favourtite at 3/1, began speedily from barrier five and dashed to any early lead from Dreams Daughter and Jule of Banach (in the breeze), with Supreme Royalty slotting into the one-out, one-back position.
Reed sent Iminthemoney forward with a fast move after 500m, but she was unable to wrest the lead from Wondastrike.
French Fashion, the 5/2 favourite and stablemate of Wondastrike, settled down at the rear after starting from barrier seven. French Fashion, driven by Kim Prentice, was forced wide going into the back straight the first time.
French Fashion began a three-wide move approaching the bell, but was forced wider in the back straight and never got into the race. She finished last.
The stewards found that Reed was at fault for forcing French Fashion wide in the first circuit and suspended his driving licence for 12 days. The suspension will take effect after Reed competes at the Gloucester Park meeting on Saturday night.
Torre also was suspended. The stewards suspended him for 16 days for having allowed Supreme Royalty to shift outwards on the home turn in the final lap, causing interference to Jule of Banach, French Fashion and Red Myrna.
Supreme Royalty is the first foal out of themare Hotniten Georgia, who was unplaced at her only three starts, in 2003. Hotniten Georgia is out of Hold Tight, a mare who produced five winners, including Fake Embrace, whose 26 starts produced 11 wins and $129,312 in stakes.
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