Lope de Vega's Archedemus Banks the Cash in the $1 million The Gong

Mark Smith - Saturday November 21

A rejuvenated Archedemus looked quite sour in the paddock but was on his best behaviour to land Saturday's $1 million The Gong (1600m) at Kembla Grange.

No catching Archedemus (Steve Hart)

Jockey Jay Ford was forced to dismount from the strong-headed son of Lope De Vega (IRE) on the way to the barriers.

One of the best to begin, Archedemus travelled sweetly on the outside of the pacesetting positive Peace.

He still had plenty to offer when taking the lead shortly after turning for home. The 7yo gelding repelled the challenge of the consistent Dawn Approach (IRE) colt Dawn Passage by a short-neck with the local hope Think It Over (So You Think) one and a half lengths back in third.

A Group III and Listed stakes-winner, Archedemus was having his fourth start since being transferred to Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes.

"Ross Williams, the owner, gave me a call and asked if we would take on this horse and Angel Of The Truth. It would be something we decided to do to get both horses back to form," Michael Hawkes said.

"Angel Of Truth nearly won a Metrop, and this horse had won The Gong. He is well and truly back to form this bloke.

 "His run first-up in Melbourne was really good and coming back from Melbourne to Sydney his run was okay, probably the wet track really affected him," he said.

"He just took off from there, his run last start at Hawkesbury was very good and was just found wanting the last little bit. He got going late again after the line.

"I have to go give Jay (Ford) credit. The plan was to go forward, and I said I hope he jumps and let him roll forward and do the rest.

"He's the kind of horse you've got to go that half-length quicker than slower and get his mental attitude right.

Lope de Vega

"Probably halfway out I was a bit worried they were going too quick. It was a very tenacious and gutsy effort and all credit to Jay and the horse."

The Group II Villiers Stakes is an option for Archedemus although it is more than likely he will head o the paddock.

The 7yo son of Lope de Vega (IRE) advances his record to eight wins, two seconds and one third from 21 starts with earnings of $1,038,730.   

A half-brother to the Group III-placed filly Mandylion (Nicconi), Archedemus is the best of four winners from five to race out of the Peintre Celebre mare Carolyn's Star, who had been purchased by Colm Santry Bloodstock for $50,000 at the 2008 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock Sale.

Carolyn's Star is a granddaughter of the Group 1 SAJC South Australian Derby winner Mapperley Star (Sir Tristram), herself a sister to Group 1 WRC New Zealand Oaks Stakes winner Royal Heights from the family of the champion Battle Heights.

Carolyn's Star missed to Flying Artie in 2018 and foaled a colt by Pride Of Dubai on August 29.


Race Result - The Gong 1600m

Kembla Grange Track: Good(4) Time: 1:35.27
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: J Ford 52.5
7g Lope De Vega (IRE) x Carolyn's Star (AUS) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
Dawn Passage
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Tim Clark 56.5
4h Dawn Approach (IRE) x Raja Lane (AUS) (Devaraja (NZ))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA
B: A Bott / G Waterhouse / Blue Sky Bloodstock P/L (FBAA)
Think It Over
T: K J Parker J: B Avdulla 56.5
5g So You Think (NZ) x Personal Service (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
T: C J Waller J: G Schofield 54
4h Snitzel (AUS) x Hollow Bullet (AUS) (Tayasu Tsuyoshi (JPN))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $350,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Harras Syndicate/Mulcaster Bloodstock
T: James Cummings J: N Rawiller 58
6g New Approach (IRE) x Falls Of Lora (IRE) (Street Cry (IRE))
T: J G Sargent J: Regan Bayliss 56.5
4h Burgundy (NZ) x Wansesingyee (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Purple Sector
T: John Thompson J: Rachel King 55.5
5g Pins (AUS) x Eden Valley (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Trelawney Stud Ltd
B: DGR Thoroughbred Services
Mister Sea Wolf
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 60
9g Amadeus Wolf (GB) x Rose De France (IRE) (Diktat (GB))
Best Of Days
T: James Cummings J: K Jennings 56.5
7g Azamour (IRE) x Baisse (GB) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Al Mah Haha
T: Tash Burleigh J: Ms L Day 52
6g Al Maher (AUS) x Street Lass (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Dartbrook Downs Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: Blue Silks Thoroughbreds
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: J Innes Jnr 52
4h Snitzel (AUS) x Bennetta (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 57
5g Pierro (AUS) x Subtitle (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Hawkes Racing
T: James Cummings J: Ms K O'Hara 52
4m Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Disputes (AUS) (Manton (AUS))
T: Ms W Roche J: R Dolan 56
7m Sebring (AUS) x Cleanup (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Session 2 $20,000
V:Riversdale, Scone
B: J Crowley
Positive Peace
T: Bjorn Baker J: Tom Sherry 55.5
5m Stratum (AUS) x Warpath (AUS) (Reset (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Kia Ora Stud, Scone
B: Bjorn Baker Racing / Blandford Bloodstock
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 58.5
6h Declaration Of War (USA) x Super Pie (USA) (Pivotal (GB))
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