Thumping Win for Lope De Vega's Gytrash in Creswick Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday June 22

The Gordon Richard's trained Gytrash gave Australia another reason to regret the departure of Lope De Vega (IRE) following a brilliant performance in Saturday's Listed Creswick Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

Scheduled to have a break after missing the board for the first time when unplaced in Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 18, Gytrash has rewarded connections following the decision to extend his campaign with a pair of Flemington straight-track wins and a first black-type triumph.

Travelling sweetly down the centre of the track under Craig Williams, Gytrash turned what looked likely to be a fighting finish into a two and a quarter length romp. (image Grant Courtney )

The Your Song filly Golden Halo was second with the Universal Ruler filly Bam's On Fire a short-neck back in third.

A $40,000 purchase by her trainer out of the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Gytrash (pictured as a yearling ) advances his record to 6 wins, 3 seconds and 3 from 13 starts $405,450.

"I thought he'd come to the end of it but the race here a fortnight ago bobbed up so I thought we'd have a crack at that and then after he won, we thought we had to come back and have a go at this one as well," Richards told

"That was his best run by far, he was exposed pretty early and usually when he hits the front he tends to float around a bit but the others struggled to get there.

"He'll have a short spell and come back for the Spring Carnival as a four-year-old.

"He's certainly a straight-tracker isn't he, that's two starts for two wins."

Gytrash is the best of two winners out of the Fastnet Rock mare Miss Barley who is a half-sister to the Listed winner Strawberry Storm (Thunder Gulch) who is the dam of the stakes-placed Movie (Red Ransom) who is in turn the dam of the Listed winner and $1.1 million earner Goodfella (Snitzel).

From the fourth and final Australian crop of his sire, Gytrash becomes the 57thstakes-winner for Lope De Vega (Shamardal).

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