Snitzel Makes it a Stakes Double at Morphettville
Mark Smith - Saturday May 5

Two years ago, the Chris Waller-trained mare French Emotion started favourite in the Group II Queen of the South Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville but finished a disappointing 12th.

It was a different story in this year's renewal with Ben Melham bringing the 6yo daughter of Snitzel down the centre of the track to edge out Tahanee (ARG) (Stormy Atlantic) by a head with Shenandoah (Darci Brahma) a head back in third just ahead of the pacesetting Savapinski (Savabeel) who beaten less than half-length in fourth.


"She's a good mare. I was a bit concerned about the track rating today because she is not as effective on slow ground although her form suggests she runs ok on it," Melham said.

"I had a beautiful run, the pace was on, I was able to get out and get into the race at the right time and her class shone through."

The winner of the Group II Blazer Stakes at Flemington back in October 2016, French Emotion advances her record to 8 wins, 9 seconds and 2 thirds from 33 starts with earnings of $886,390.

A homebred for Milford Thoroughbreds Valda Klaric and Ivan Cajkusic, French Emotion is a daughter of the Woodman mare Love and Emotion who is a half-sister to Group I Toorak Handicap winner Shot Of Thunder and Listed winner Celebrity Princess out of the Group 1 AJC Oaks heroine My Brilliant Star.

Love and Emotion was not covered in 2014 and 2015 but last spring she foaled a filly by Choisir before being covered by Astern.

 

Queen Of The South Stakes Gr2 1600m
Morphettville Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:36.46
1
0.2
French Emotion
T: C J Waller J: B Melham 58.5
6m Snitzel (AUS) x Love And Emotion (AUS) (Woodman (USA))
2
0.2
Tahanee
T: D K Weir J: D Yendall 58
5m Stormy Atlantic (USA) x Tawafeej (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
3
0.4
Shenandoah
T: T Busuttin and N Young J: Regan Bayliss 55
4m Darci Brahma (NZ) x Ms Seneca Rock (USA) (Seneca Jones (USA))
4
0.5
Savapinski
T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: Tim Clark 58.5
4m Savabeel (AUS) x Swarovski (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Dynamic Syndications/Gai Waterhouse Racing $70,000
5
1.9
Have Another Glass
T: Ms S Jaensch J: Ms E Finnegan 55
5m Domesday (AUS) x Generous Tristana (NZ) (Generous (IRE))
6
2.1
Flying Jess
T: J F Moloney J: M Zahra 57
4m Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Maritess (AUS) (Magic Albert (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow, NSW
B: Prime Thoroughbreds $60,000
7
2.5
Ma Jones
T: D K Weir J: H Coffey 55
7m Bianconi (USA) x Saithors Melody (AUS) (Saithor (USA))
8
2.6
Star Patriot
T: Travis Doudle J: Todd Pannell 55
4m Golden Snake (USA) x Gold Patriot (AUS) (Made Of Gold (USA))
9
3.5
Lady Silhouette
T: G D Searle J: D Caboche 55
7m Dane Shadow (AUS) x Tobiana (AUS) (St. Covet (AUS))
MM QTIS Yearling Sale $5,000
V:Oakwood Farm
B: MAGIC MILLIONS AS AGENT $5,000
10
3.8
Quilate
T: M C Kent J: K McEvoy 57
5m Bramshaw (AUS) x Miss Peligrosa (AUS) (Dangerous (AUS))
11
4.3
Astara
T: M C Kent J: D Dunn 56.5
4m Dalghar (FR) x Svita (AUS) (Success Express (USA))
12
5.8
Hussterical
T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: S Baster 55
4m Beneteau (AUS) x Hussterics (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
MM National Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Darby Racing $90,000
13
6.3
Sebring Dream
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: D Oliver 55
4m Sebring (AUS) x Dream 'n' Believe (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
14
6.6
Sword Of Light
T: M Ellerton and S Zahra J: Damian Lane 58.5
4m New Approach (IRE) x Joyeuse (AUS) (King's Best (USA))
15
6.7
Tiamo Grace
T: D K Weir J: John Allen 58.5
4m Monaco Consul (NZ) x Sicile (FR) (Anabaa (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Ses 2 $50,000
V:Hillside Thoroughbreds, Nagambie
B: Darren Weir Racing / John Foote Bloodstock $50,000
16
7.4
Jester Halo
T: D N Kolpin J: Craig Williams 55
5m Sharkbite (AUS) x Delightful Dale (AUS) (Armidale (AUS))