New Stakes Winner for Medaglia d'Oro
Mark Smith - Saturday April 6

After racing with little luck in Melbourne last spring, nothing looked like changing for Multaja when she made her 2019 debut in the Group II Typhoon Tracy Stakes at Moonee Valley on February 22, but a switch to Godolphin's Sydney stables has seen a turnaround in fortunes.

A soft win at Hawkesbury on March 20 proved the perfect prep for the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro (USA) to open her stakes account in Saturday's Group III PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

With the field spread across the track at the 300 metres, Multaja came with a sweeping run down the outside under Craig Williams to defeat Into The Abyss (Foxwedge) by a head with a length and a quarter back to So Taken (Street Boss) in third. (images Steve Hart).


"We thought she was a certainty licked in the Red Roses (last spring) and we were patient this time in," winning trainer James Cummings said.

"She has rewarded us. She may go to the JB Carr (Stakes) but I have to be convinced she will run a strong seven. She should be a good chance in that.

"She had been knocking on the door for a stakes victory. Her form this preparation was excellent. Her defeat of the older mares (at Hawkesbury) was timely and it set her up beautifully for this."

The Darley homebred advanced her record to 4 wins and 1 second from 9 starts with earnings of $290,900.

A full sister to the 2017 Listed ATC Lonhro Plate winner Veranillo, Multaja is the third foal of the useful Lonhro mare Shelters who is a sister to the Group I BRC The TJ Smith Classic winner Benfica who is now on the Aquis Farm stallion roster.

Shelters has an unraced 2yo colt foal by Helmet named Shielded and a colt foal by Medaglia d'Oro (USA). She was covered by Medaglia d'Oro's Group 1 winning son Astern last spring.

Multaja becomes the 126th stakes-winner for Medaglia d'Oro (USA) who is back home in Kentucky after his eight years of shuttling came to an end in 2017.

He has 19 lots catalogued from his penultimate crop of yearlings at the upcoming Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Official Memorabilia P J Bell Gr3 1200m
Randwick Track: Soft(7) Time: 1:12.67
1
0.2
Multaja
T: James Cummings J: Craig Williams 54
3f Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Shelters (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
2
0.2
Into The Abyss
T: John Thompson J: Damian Lane 54
3f Foxwedge (AUS) x Moonboat (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Vinery Stud Scone NSW
B: DGR Thoroughbred Services P/L (FBAA)
3
1.5
So Taken
T: C J Waller J: K McEvoy 54
3f Street Boss (USA) x So Unique (NZ) (Fuji Kiseki (JPN))
4
1.6
Causeway Girl
T: C W McDonald J: D Oliver 54
3f Shamus Award (AUS) x Lady Katina (AUS) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone, NSW
B: McDonald Racing
5
2.1
She's Furline
T: P and P Snowden J: Tim Clark 54
3f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Furline (AUS) (Tale Of The Cat (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Mill Park Meningie SA
B: Stonestreet/Peter Leidel/Aquis/Blue Sky BS
6
2.3
Mizzy
T: A J Cummings J: Tommy Berry 54
3f Zoustar (AUS) x Missy Cummings (AUS) (Magnus (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd, Scone
B: Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
7
2.4
Fiesta
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 57
3f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Now Now (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Fairhill Farm, Mulbring
B: Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Chris Waller Racing
8
2.6
Laburnum
T: James Cummings J: G Schofield 54
3f Denman (AUS) x Runes (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
9
2.8
Spanish Whisper
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: D Dunn 58
3f Lope De Vega (IRE) x Cutting Remark (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
10
3.0
Madam Rouge
T: C J Waller J: K Teetan 54
3f Zoustar (AUS) x Cabernet (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $310,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Waller Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock
11
4.3
Invictus Salute
T: Mark Newnham J: R Dolan 54
3f Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Acquired (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
12
5.3
Eawase
T: P and P Snowden J: S Clipperton 55
3f Sebring (AUS) x Karuta Queen (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Strawberry Hill Stud Mt White NSW
B: China Horse Club
13
5.5
Buckle Up Baby
T: David Pfieffer J: C Lever 54.5
3f Star Witness (AUS) x Incensed (AUS) (Strategic (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $95,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic
B: David Pfieffer Racing
14
6.6
Melt
T: C J Waller J: B Avdulla 56.5
3f Iffraaj (GB) x Ticklish (NZ) (Maroof (USA))
15
6.8
My Xpression
T: C J Waller J: C W Brown 57
3f Showcasing (GB) x Xpress (NZ) (Don Eduardo (NZ))
16
7.0
Alison Of Tuffy
T: Peter Robl J: J Ford 54
3f Manhattan Rain (AUS) x Flibbertigibbet (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
17
8.3
Fiera Vista
T: P and P Snowden J: J B McDonald 55
3f Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Empress Jade (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
18
11.3
Bleu Roche
T: M M Laurie J: L Currie 56
3f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Esprit De Bleu (USA) (Littleexpectations (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $230,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: Matt Laurie Racing