Opal Ridge Back to Best in Ortensia Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday May 18

Opal Ridge, the brilliant winner of the Listed Luskin Star Stakes last year, made it three wins from as many starts at Scone to capture Saturday’s Listed Emirates Park Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone.

A salute from Tommy Berry (image Scone Race Club)

Ridden by Tommy Berry for Luke Pepper, the 4-year-old daughter of Rubick launched down the centre of the track off a wide run to defeat Quick Tempo by one and a quarter lengths to give Swettenham Stud’s Rubick the quinella.


The favourite Iowna Merc (Winning Rupert) came from the tail of the field to run third.

A $20,000 Inglis Classic purchase from the Carramar Park draft, Opal Ridge advances her record to seven wins and four seconds 17 starts with earnings of $1,269,350.

Bred by Wayne and Pauline Alchin, Opal Ridge is the first foal from winning Myboycharlie (IRE) mare Chadana, a half-sister to Group III ATC Adrian Knox Stakes winner Candelara (Real Saga), who was third in the Group I ATC Australian Oaks.

Happy days (image scone Race Club)

Chadana was on-sold by Carramar Park for $12,000 through Inglis Digital in 2021 to Queensland-based Fig Tree Farm, and she will go through the ring again at the National Broodmare Sale carrying a positive test to Stronger (lot703).

Luke Pepper shelled out $80,000 for Chadana’s Headwter colt consigned by Fig Tree Farm to the 2023 Magic Millions Yearling sale and has been named Platinum Ridge.



Race Result - Emirates Park Ortensia Stakes LR 1100m

Scone Track: Soft(6) Time: 1:03.74
Opal Ridge
- 4m Rubick (AUS) x Chadana (AUS) (Myboycharlie (IRE))
Tnr: Luke Pepper Rdr: Tommy Berry 55.5
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $20,000
Seller: Carramar Park, Grose Wold
Buyer: R Hunt
Quick Tempo
- 5g Rubick (AUS) x Tawfiq Valley (AUS) (Purrealist (AUS))
Tnr: M S Minervini Rdr: Ms M Weir 53
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Round 2 $20,000
Seller: Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
Buyer: M Minervini
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $50,000
Seller: Carramar Park, Grose Wold
Buyer: Mitchell Bloodstock (FBAA)
Iowna Merc
- 4g Winning Rupert (AUS) x Mercedes (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
Tnr: Bjorn Baker Rdr: Rachel King 53
Cavalier Charles
- 7g Denman (AUS) x Offer It Up (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Tnr: Matthew Dale Rdr: J Ford 53
With Your Blessing
- 5g Vadamos (FR) x Super Trouper (NZ) (Darci Brahma (NZ))
Tnr: John Thompson Rdr: Regan Bayliss 54
Hard To Say
- 4g Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Malasun (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
Tnr: J C Deamer Rdr: Ashley Morgan 56.5
- 4g Russian Revolution (AUS) x Marple Miss (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Freedman Rdr: Zac Lloyd 60
Le Melody
- 5m Your Song (AUS) x Le Sillage (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: S C Jones Rdr: A Gibbons 54
- 5m Dream Ahead (USA) x My Girl Tess (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Tnr: T J Bartley Rdr: Dylan Gibbons 54
Special Reward
- 8g Demerit (AUS) x Special Kiseki (AUS) (Special Bond (AUS))
Tnr: K A Lees Rdr: A Bullock 59.5
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