Dawn Approach's Winning Partner Much the Best in Balaklava Cup

Mark Smith - Wednesday September 16

Back on a firm surface, the confidently supported Winning Partner came with a well-timed under Barend Vorster to give the McEvoy stable back to back winners of Wednesday’s Listed Balaklava Cup (1600m) and a third overall.

The stable had a strong hand with five runners with the best of the others being Savatoxl (Kuroshio) who clocked in third.

Vorster had Winning Partner position midfield early as Peloton and Savatoxl carved out the early running. Once he found some clear air in the straight Winning Partner motored home to defeat Analytica (Shocking) by one and a half lengths.

A 5yo son of Dawn Approach (IRE), Winning Partner had been a model of consistency before failing at his most recent start over 1600m on a heavy 10 at a storm shortened meeting at Moonee Valley.


Purchased by McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty Ltd for $110,000 out of the Glenelg Park draft at the 2017 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Winning Partner advances his record to 5 wins and 6 seconds from 22 starts with earnings of $291,825.

He is the best of three winners from as many foals out the Johannesburg (USA) mar Lady Frere who won little more than a Cowra maiden in 20 starts.

A half-sister to the listed SAJC HC Nitschke Stakes and Listed Adelaide Guineas winner General Peekay (General Nediym), Lady Frere died in 2016.

Winning Partner comes out of the first of five southern hemisphere crops by Darley Stud’s 5-time Group1 winner Dawn Approach (IRE) and becomes his 12th stakes-winner worldwide.

Dawn Approach


Race Result - Tqcsi Balaklava Cup LR 1600m

Balaklava Track: Good(4) Time: 1:34.97
Winning Partner
T: T & C McEvoy J: B Vorster 54
5g Dawn Approach (IRE) x Lady Frere (AUS) (Johannesburg (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Glenelg Park Euroa Vic
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty Ltd
T: Travis Doudle J: P Gatt 54
5g Shocking (AUS) x Shamardal Luck (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $32,000
V:Phoenix Park
B: Mr PB Payne
T: T & C McEvoy J: J Holder 58
5g Kuroshio (AUS) x Li'l Miss Hayley (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $8,000
V:Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington
B: Alice Springs Turf Club Inc.
T: Michael Hickmott J: Jessica Eaton 54
4g Charm Spirit (IRE) x Epicurean (NZ) (Flying Spur (AUS))
East Indiaman
T: T & C McEvoy J: Sairyn Fawke 54
5g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Dashie Diva (AUS) (Dash For Cash (AUS))
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $190,000
V:Bell River Thoroughbreds Wellington NSW
B: Tristarc Bloodstock
Blow Torch
T: T & C McEvoy J: Jake Toeroek 55
5g All Too Hard (AUS) x Skye Gold (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Glenelg Park, Euroa
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty Ltd
Tubby Two Tracks
T: Chris Bieg J: D Caboche 54
4m Declaration Of War (USA) x Wool's In Fashion (AUS) (Marwina (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $18,000
V:Kehigh Developments Wagga Wagga NSW
B: Aqua Trained Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
Mongolian Marshal
T: S P Gower J: S Cahill 59
6g High Chaparral (IRE) x Ardeche (NZ) (Dehere (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Cambridge Stud
B: Rider Horse NZ
Final Hearing
T: Will Clarken J: K H Zechner 54
5g Reset (AUS) x Test Case (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Fox Hall
T: T & C McEvoy J: Ms C Jones 57
7g Foxwedge (AUS) x Val De Loire (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Session 2 $170,000
V:Edinglassie Stud, Muswellbrook
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing
Balf's Choice
T: Ryan Balfour J: D Tourneur 56.5
8g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Not Jude's Choice (AUS) (Celtic Swing (GB))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Ducatoon Park, Kadina, SA
B: Ryan Balfour
Von Costa Glass
T: S & J Jaensch J: Sophie Logan 55.5
9g Von Costa De Hero (AUS) x Generous Tristana (NZ) (Generous (IRE))
Stealthy Lucas
T: Garret Lynch J: J Maund 54
6g Lucas Cranach (GER) x Hidden Moment (AUS) (Ladoni (GB))
He Ekscels
T: Ms N Bruggemann J: Anna Jordsjo 54
7g Ekraar (USA) x Serendipity (NZ) (Honor Grades (USA))
Handsome Return
T: Will Clarken J: Todd Pannell 55
8g Handsome Ransom (AUS) x Licensed To Thrill (NZ) (Rhythm (USA))
Master Chum
T: R H Wilkinson J: Eran Boyd 55
6g Clangalang (AUS) x Flying Foxtrot (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
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