Second Stakes Win in May for Pride Of Dubai's Splendiferous

Mark Smith - Saturday May 28

It was a torturous final 100m for supporters of the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Splendiferous in the Group III Living Turf Premier's Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm.

Leading from the front under Tim Clark, the 4yo daughter of Pride Of Dubai clung to the narrowest margin over the 10yo Dylan Thomas (IRE) gelding Sweet Thomas.

A second stakes win in May for Splendiferous (image Grant Courtney)

The New Zealander The Fearless One (The Bold One) was a short-neck back in third.

The winner of the Listed Morphettville Port Adelaide Cup (2500m) and fourth in last year's Group 1 Queensland Oaks, Splendiferous advances her record to six wins, a second, and a third from 16 starts with earnings of $421,455.

"She was out on her feet there late," Bott said


"I must admit I got a little bit distracted mid-race, so I only picked them up from the 600m. It was obviously unfortunate circumstances there (with Steel Prince collapsing shortly after the start), but she was put into the race and kicked clear, so it was good to see her hold on. It was a good, tough win.

"We’ll look at the (Brisbane) Cup now that she’s up there. She seems to thrive this time of the year. She’s a mare in form and a mare that can stay, so it’s certainly got to be considered.”

A $100,000 Magic Millions purchase for James Bester Bloodstock from the Aquis Farm draft, Splendiferous is a half-sister to Group III winner Ballistic Boy who finished second in the Group III Lord Mayors Cup, the race following the Premiers Cup.

They are two of four winners from as many to race from Magical Mist, a metro winning half-sister by High Chaparral to Group I winner Distill and Group I placed stakes-winner Mr Tipsy.

Magical Mist was a $60,000 purchase for Twin Hills / G1 Goldmine at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in 2020.

Byerley Turk Equine/Lewis Banaghan/Lindsay Gough Racing. Shelled out $50,000 for Magical Mist colt by Performer at the 2022 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale

Magical Mist was covered last spring by Smart Missile.



Race Result - Living Turf Premier's Cup Gr3 2400m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 2:28.99
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Tim Clark 54
4m Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Magical Mist (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Pride Of Dubai
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Aquis Farm Operations Murrurundi NSW
B: James Bester Bloodstock
Sweet Thomas
T: Matthew Smith J: Rachel King 54
10g Dylan Thomas (IRE) x Sworn Pro (GER) (Protektor (GER))
Dylan Thomas
The Fearless One
T: R J Patterson J: C J Grylls 54
4g The Bold One (NZ) x Lou Sea (NZ) (Postponed (USA))
London Banker
T: K M Schweida J: Kyle Wilson-Taylor 54
6g Tavistock (NZ) x Palos De Lago (NZ) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Kilgravin Lodge
B: Mr RA James
Seat Of Power
T: G R Duncan J: Ben Thompson 54
7g Sea The Stars (IRE) x Ice Mint (USA) (Awesome Again (CAN))
King Of Leogrance
T: Robert Hickmott J: John Allen 58
7g Camelot (GB) x Amourette (FR) (Halling (USA))
T: Richard & Will Freedman J: Craig Williams 54
6g Motivator (GB) x Aliyama (IRE) (Red Ransom (USA))
Humbolt Current
T: C J Waller J: W Pike 54
7g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Humdrum (GB) (Dr Fong (USA))
Flash Aah
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: D Moor 55
6g Lucas Cranach (GER) x Never Despair (AUS) (Hotel Grand (AUS))
Soprano Supreme
T: M W Walker J: K Mc Evoy 54
4m Contributer (IRE) x Falsetto (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $62,500
V:Te Runga Stud Ltd
B: Mr DC Ellis / Fortuna Syndicate
Smart Meteor
T: Chris Munce J: Jaden Lloyd 54
5g Smart Missile (AUS) x Tempting Lady (AUS) (Northern Meteor (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Gooree Park Stud, Mudgee
B: Munce Racing
T: C J Waller J: M R Du Plessis 54
6g Savabeel (AUS) x Celeste (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $135,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: Go Racing
Spirit Ridge
T: Mark Newnham J: J Parr 59
7g Nathaniel (IRE) x Tates Creek (USA) (Rahy (USA))
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