Fiorente's Power Scheme gets favourite backers off on the right foot on Caulfield Cup Day

Mark Smith - Saturday October 17

Out of the winner’s circle for over a year, the four-year-old Fiorente gelding Power Scheme justified the faith of punters with a fighting win in the opener over 1700 metres on Caulfield Cup day.

That was a tough win by Power Scheme  (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Under am inspired ride by Mark Zahra, Power Scheme scythed between runners in the straight to defeat the 50/1 outsider All Hard Woos (All Too Hard) by three-quarters of a length with Just Like Mum (Reset) a half-head back in third.

Winner of the Listed Fernhill Hcp (1600m) at Randwick at two, Power Scheme was an early favourite for the Victoria Derby following a first-up win at Moonee Valley at three.  However, his form tapered off before showing he was back on track with placings in the Mornington Guineas and Group III Carbine Club Stakes at Randwick.

At his seasonal  debut at four, the Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes-trained gelding impressed with a solid-finishing third over 1400m at Caulfield



and retained to race by Sun Bloodstock, Power Scheme has three wins, two seconds and three thirds from 17 starts with earnings of  $383,910.


“I thought Mark rode him excellent,” Ben Hayes said.

“I was a bit worried at the top of the straight, but Mark didn’t panic, rode for a bit of luck, and we got the luck at the right time.

“The horse ran fantastic. He has been working well coming into the race. I think he is in for a nice prep.”

A brother to the top-class Hawkshot, the winner of the Group II MRC Autumn Stakes and runner up in the Group 1 Australian Guineas, Power Scheme is the third winner from as many to race from the Encosta de Lago mare Rosa Perlato, a daughter of stakes-placed Fiammarosa from the family of Group I winners Shindig and Shinzig.

Purchased for $41,000 from a Patinack Farm reduction in 2012, Rosa Perlato has a yearling colt by Thronum and foaled a full-sister to Power Scheme and Hawkshot on August 26.

The Group 1 Melbourne Cup and Australian Guineas hero Fioremte (IRE) stands at Sun Stud for a fee of $17,600.




Race Result - Zircodata (Bm80) 1700m

Caulfield Track: Soft(6) Time: 1:45.91
Power Scheme
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: M Zahra 59.5
4g Fiorente (IRE) x Rosa Perlato (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
All Hard Wood
T: Richard Laming J: M Rodd 57
6g All Too Hard (AUS) x Wood Lane (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
Inglis Scone Select Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: Inglis As Agent
Just Like Mum
T: Matthew Brown J: Michael Poy 52.5
6m Reset (AUS) x Purgerous (AUS) (Dangerous (AUS))
Wild Vitality
T: Rodney Foster J: Jordan Childs 55
5g Vital Equine (IRE) x Flying Gaga (AUS) (Flying Pegasus (AUS))
T: D T O'Brien J: B Melham 60
4g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Hidden Message (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: O'Brien Thoroughbreds
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: L Nolen 60
5g Sebring (AUS) x Recooperate (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
Not Mine
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: Craig Williams 58
6g Dabirsim (FR) x Next Holy (IRE) (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE))
Lord Durante
T: Ms S Ferchie J: Lewis German 55.5
12g Lord Jim (ARG) x Kalahanna (AUS) (Jeune (GB))
Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale $0
V:Swettenham Stud, Nagambie
B: Withdrawn
T: D T O'Brien J: D Moor 58.5
6g Savabeel (AUS) x Queen Of Avalon (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $550,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: Shadwell/De Burgh Equine
Chase On The Case
T: Matthew Brown J: C Newitt 54
4g Wordsmith (AUS) x Perfectly Poised (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Kingsley Park Thoroughbreds Cygnet Tas
B: Matthew Brown
T: Matthew Cumani J: Fred W Kersley 55
5g Pierro (AUS) x Celebrities Choice (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis 2019 NOVEMBER (Late) Online Sale $70,000
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd Scone NSW
B: Aquis/Blue Sky Bstock/Mick Price Racing
Miss Polanski
T: David & Coral Feek J: J Noonan 56.5
5m Polanski (AUS) x Timely Kiss (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: Patrick Payne J: M J Dee 56.5
5g Iffraaj (GB) x Valpolicella (NZ) (Red Ransom (USA))
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